Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Old Fashioned Cornflake Candy

Cornflake Candy is another heritage recipe you may remember from your grandmother. They are a simple blend of sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter and cornflake cereal that are a Christmas classic.

Old Fashioned Cornflake Candy

Another one of those old fashioned treasures that's been around forever, cornflake candy is super easy, and is a treat that is certainly fondly remembered around the holidays. There are a few variations of it around these days, but this is the classic version, with the addition of some vanilla. Feel free to embellish to your heart's desire though, if you like. Coconut, peanuts, chocolate chips and raisins are a few of the typical, modern add-ins.

Like those old fashioned Ting-a-Lings, these are a well loved and easy treat to add to your holiday cookie and candy trays. The one thing that you need to remember is that this sets up quickly, so have everything ready and work quickly.

Here's how to make them.

Butter a couple of baking sheets, or cover with parchment paper; set aside. Measure out about 6 cups of cornflakes and have those at the ready. You'll add them in 1 cup at a time and will need somewhere between 4 and 6 cups total, depending on the brand of cereal you use. I used a smaller flake, generic brand, and needed 5 cups this time.

Combine 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of light corn syrup in a large saucepan.

Cook that, stirring regularly, over medium to medium high heat, until mixture begins to boil and sugar is dissolved.

Remove from the heat; blend in 1 heaping cup of peanut butter and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Add cornflakes, a cup at a time, blending in, then adding another cup. If you're adding in any extras, add them here.

Work quickly as mixture will thicken once off of the heat.

Immediately drop by spoonfuls into clusters on the prepared baking sheets and set aside to cool. You can also press out on a buttered 9 x 13 inch baking pan and cut into squares. These are slightly sticky little treats, so once they are set, you'll want to place the clusters into individual cupcake liners or wrap them individually with plastic wrap and twist ties.

Recipe: Old Fashioned Cornflake Candy

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min | Yield: About 48+ pieces

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 heaping cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, optional
  • 4 to 6 cups of plain cornflakes

Butter a couple of baking sheets, or cover with parchment paper; set aside. Combine sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan and cook, stirring regularly, over medium to medium high heat until mixture begins to boil. Remove from the heat; blend in the peanut butter and vanilla. Add cornflakes, a cup at a time until mixture thickens. Working quickly, drop by spoonfuls on the prepared baking sheet and set aside to cool. Yield will depend on how large you make the clusters. Can also press out on a buttered 9 x 13 inch baking pan and cut into squares. Once dried and fully set, place into cupcake liners or bag individually.

~Cook's Notes~

Tip: Spray two spoons with non-stick spray and use one to scoop and one to push off.

I used 5 cups of a generic brand of cornflakes. Can also substitute honey for part of the corn syrup. Some suggested add-ins are coconut, peanuts, butterscotch or chocolate chips and raisins. Add those in with the cornflakes. If making bars, carefully spread hot mixture in the buttered pan, then sprinkle chocolate chips on top, leave sit only long enough to soften, or place into a warm oven to melt the chocolate, then spread into a thin layer over the top of the cornflake mixture.

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  1. my goodness Mary this almost bought the waterworks crashing down. My great grandma Paul used to makes these for us kids. Hadn't thought about or had these in so many years. I miss that lady more than words can express. I wish I could be half the woman she was. She was cut from that special cloth, the kind folks nowadays ain't cut from, you know what I mean? I'm on memory lane. That is what I love about your blog. You bring the old way of life, the memories, us kids cooking in the kitchen...you do my heart good darling. I sure will be making me a batch today.

  2. I do know exactly what you mean Tracey, and thank you so much for saying that! That's exactly what I want my website to do. Thanks so much & Merry Christmas!! Enjoy that cornflake candy, HUGS!!

  3. Oh my stars, I remember these from when I was a kid. Had not thought of them in 25 years at least. The grands will love making these with me.
    I just love the recipes to have here for us. You are such a dear heart. XOXO Oma Linda

  4. Do you think I could do this with Wheaties? I have an un-opened box of Wheaties that hubby bought a while back and hasn't yet eaten.

    1. YES! thats the only way we make them. With Wheaties. Much better!

  5. Reminds me of haysticks and delicious.

  6. If you want to gild the lily, do as I do and make them into bars by putting them in a 13 x 9 dish. Then melt a package of butterscotch chips and spread over the top. Also, the recipe I used called for six cups of cornflakes and one cup of salted peanuts.


  7. Hi Susan! Thanks for the suggestions. I do have the bar variation included in the cook's notes along with some suggested add-ins, including peanuts! I suggested 4 to 6 cups of cornflakes because depending on the brand used they can be small or large flakes, but generally somewhere in the middle will be good. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I hope you'll visit us often. Happy New Year!

  8. Is there ANY chance this tastes like peanut brittle? I can't eat peanuts anymore but for almost 10 years have been dying for some!

    1. Oh goodness, I bet you have been missing it! Well, it's a similar base of sugar and corn syrup, but the butter in brittle is replaced with peanut butter and of course, no peanuts so, I guess not really!

  9. Oooo oooo that reminds me, have you ever tried these?

    1. Haven't gotten around to doing those yet! Thanks so much for the reminder - maybe I'll get to it this year.

  10. I love these treats. They bring back great memories for me. My mama would make these at Christmas time. She would add green food coloring to the liquid before adding corn flakes, then when she spooned them out she shaped them into rings and would place like the little round red hots or M&Ms all around and they would look like little wreaths. Loved it then and now.

  11. awesome i love these!!!

  12. Thanks so much for sharing,it's been so many years since I have had these...oh the memories.Do you happen to have more recipes with cornflakes if so please share thank you

    1. You're so welcome Janetta! Have you tried the Ting-a-Lings? They're yummy. You can find my version

  13. I have been looking for this recipe for a long time my mom used to make it all the time but I lost the recipe im so glad I found it

  14. I've been making these for years too; only thing I do different is I use 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar and I always use crunchy peanut butter (just because that's what I have). Love the simple stuff that reminds me of treats I grew up on. Thanks for sharing!

  15. When I made these, they set up okay, but I could tell they were going to end up harder than I wanted. Within a couple of hours, they were like rocks. What did I do wrong? I was trying to get a softer cookie. Did I perhaps overlook the sugar mixture? I did leave it on the heat while adding the peanut butter. I turned it down, but did leave it on there until the peanut butter was melted and distributed evenly. Then I removed from heat and added cornflakes. I’m guess that couple minutes on the heat is what messed mine up.

    1. Yes, it sounds like the sugar went to the hard ball candy stage, like what you use when making hard candies. You really only want to just bring it to a boil to dissolve the sugar, like with a simple syrup, but don't continue to boil it, then remove it from the heat before proceeding. There are step by step photos up in the post showing what it looks like at each stage that might be helpful.


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