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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