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Hooray for Fall! I love that it’s finally here, my favorite time of year! And I’m so excited to be sharing this recipe over with Ali at The Cupcake Diaries for her Thirty Days of Halloween. There have been great recipes, printables, and projects so far! All of the projects are at the bottom of this post.
Whoa, I just rhymed. I think I’ve been doing too many reading lessons with my son. One of my favorite treats to see this time of year is Candy Corn. I love it! Which is funny because I’m usually not a big sugary treat type of person. I prefer salty. But Candy Corn calls to me! Now combine Candy Corn and peanut butter, and do you know what you get? Your very own homemade butterfingers. Yum! I made these a while back and they were so easy and my family gobbled them up.
For Fall, I thought it would be fun to make them into little pumpkin shapes and dip them in orange chocolate. This cute Wilton mold called my name and I couldn’t resist.
What you need:
1 15 oz bag of Candy Corn
1 1/3 c Smooth Peanut Butter
Babycakes Chocolatier (so helpful when using melting chocolate!)
To make these little babies, grab yourself a mold. There are a lot of fun molds this time of year. If you don’t have a mold, you can always just lay them flat in an 8×8 pan. I used this pumpkin mold by Wilton.
Next, grab a 15 oz bag of Candy Corn. I would just use the regular flavor, though I’ve been experimenting with some of the the others and I’ll let you know how that goes! Put the Candy Corn in a microwave safe bowl. All of it. Plop it in the microwave and set it for about 45 seconds. Pull it out, check it, mix it up a bit, and put it back in the microwave again. Repeat the steps until the Candy Corn is melted. What does melted Candy Corn look like? Behold…
Now, once it’s to this point, mix it up to make sure it really is melted all the way. Sometimes it can trick you. If it’s not, put it back in the microwave for about 20 more seconds and check again. Once it’s nice and melty, you need to add the peanut butter right away and mix that stuff up good! Don’t try to taste it yet or you’ll burn your fingers. Trust me, I know from experience. Grab your mold or your baking pan. Be sure it’s been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray because this stuff is gooey and will stick. If you’re just putting it in a pan, you can spoon it out and spread it. Easy. But, if you want to be extra creative and are using the mold, you’ll want to put some kind of gloves on. I just used two sandwich bags. The mixture is warm and sticky and you’ll want to protect your fingers a little. Once your gloves are on, grab some of the candy corn/peanut butter mixture and begin filling the molds. Pat them down and smooth out the tops. You do need to work fast because the mixture does begin to harden. It doesn’t get really hard but enough that it can make it hard to fit the molds.
Once the molds are filled, you need to walk away. Resist the urge to gobble some up. It smells amazing! Of course, anything with peanut butter is good, right?
I whipped out my Babycakes Chocolatier while I waited for the treats to harden. I love this thing. You can put in your chocolate and it melts perfectly, without burning and without the guess work that the microwave requires. It does take some extra time because it has to warm up. I used an entire bag of orange melting chocolate.
I let the treats harden for about an hour and a half. You can check them earlier. They will still be a little tacky, not completely hardened, but able to still maintain their shape. Once they’re hardened, dunk them in chocolate. Now, try to keep everyone away from them. They would be really cute boxed up or in bags to be given to neighbors and for parties.
You can also add faces like I did here. I just used an edible food marker. This is seriously such a fun treat to make. Your kids will think you’re a hero!! And it’s a great way to use up some candy corn. Enjoy!
There are also some variations using some fun fall flavors I found at Target. Target has Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn, Smores Candy Corn, and flavored peanut butter.
Pumpkin Spice Butterfinger Bites
1 15 oz package Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn
1 1/3 cup of Jif Whipped Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Spice seasoning
Follow same instructions as the regular Butterfingers but add the Pumpkin Pie Spice after the Peanut Butter.
Smores Butterfinger Bites
1 15 oz package Smores Candy Corn
1 1/3 cup Jif Whipped Smores Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Marshmellow bits
1 graham cracker, crushed.
Same directions. Add the Mallow Bits and Graham Crackers after the Peanut Butter
- 15 oz Candy Corn
- 1⅓ cup smooth peanut butter
- Candy Coating or Chocolate
- Melt candy corn on microwave until bubbly (but watch it carefully so it doesn't burn). As soon as it's melted, add the peanut butter to the melted candy corn and stir well. Spray a non stick 8x8 pan or a candy mold with cooking spray. Using plastic gloves, mold the candy corn/peanut butter into the pan or candy mold. Let harden (it will still be tacky but will be ready when it can hold it's shape). Dip into your favorite candy coating or chocolate.
- Bag or box them cute for a fun gift!!