I’ve seen this type of thing using M&M’s but I kept looking at candy corn and thought that looked a lot like corn so why not use it. There’s several different colors and flavors of candy corn so I was happy to be able to make this look like a real ear of corn.
I needed a base and wanted to have the color of a corn cob. I use peanut butter fudge a lot but, even though the color was right, I wanted to different flavor. I remembered I had this easy microwave maple fudge recipe that would be perfect for this. It’s the right color and I love almost anything with maple.
I separated my candy corns from the mixed bag using the traditional yellow/orange/white ones. While the mixed bag had the dark brown and orange candy corns, I had found another bag with a lighter brown and tan candy corn (I think it was caramel flavored). I took about 10 yellow ones and cut in half to stick in the bottom portion of the cob since it wasn’t as thick as the middle and top.
I made a batch of my maple/walnut fudge (recipe below) and put most of it on some wax paper. I could have used all of it to make a larger corn on the cob but had a small tray I needed it to fit in. I shaped the fudge to a corn shape that was about an inch, inch and a half thick.
While the fudge was still warm I started sticking in the candy corn. The pieces I cut in half went in the lower part where the fudge wasn’t very thick then used the whole candy corns for the rest of the cob using mostly the yellow ones and added a few of the light brown ones in odd places around the ear of corn. I let that set while I made the husk.
I took both green and yellow melting chocolates so the color of the husk wouldn’t be so green. I microwaved the chocolates in an unsealed Ziplock bag for one minute, kneaded the bag then microwaved for another 30 seconds then kneaded to make sure their were no solid pieces.
To make the husks I cut a small corner of the bag and squeezed four one inch wide bands onto my wax paper making the shape of the husks. While my chocolate was still liquid I rolled some paper towels and stuck them under my wax paper under two of my husks to give them a little curve when they set. Then I used a toothpick to score lines in my chocolate to look like the lines in the husks and let those set.
I took my bag of green chocolate and put in the microwave for about 20 seconds to remelt. Then I squeezed some chocolate to the back of my husk and put one on each side of the cob. I did the same with the other two husks I let set up with a little curve at the bottom so I would be able to lay across each other. Another option for making the husk is to use green fruit roll-ups and cut to make the husks.
Easy Maple/Walnut Microwave Fudge
1 (16 oz) package powder sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon maple extract
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup walnuts
- Sift the powdered sugar into a large, microwave-safe bowl. Add the milk, maple extract, and butter to the bowl, but do not stir.
- Heat in microwave on full power for 3 minutes.
- Stir to mix. Add the walnuts and continue to stir to thicken a bit more; scoop onto wax paper. Shape into a ear of corn. and start added the candy corns.