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11 Foods Inspired by Candy Corn

Whether or not you actually enjoy the flavor of candy corn, it’s hard to deny that its tri-color design has become a classic symbol of Halloween treats. It’s so iconic, in fact, the color combination can now be found in all kinds of foods, many of which even those who hate candy corn will still enjoy, like those limited edition Candy Corn Oreos.

1. Pudding

When Craftster user sweets4ever found out at the last minute that she had company coming over, she threw together these adorable candy corn puddings with a little instant vanilla pudding, some food coloring and some Cool Whip. The result was a delightfully festive and inviting dessert that took minutes to make.

2. Cocktails

Hate the taste of candy corn, but love tropical fruit flavors? Then this candy corn cocktail is for you. It's made with pineapple vodka, orange sherbet, pineapple juice, milk and simple syrup.

3. Jell-O Shots

If you like your drinks to jiggle a little, then perhaps you’d enjoy these candy corn Jell-O shots created by My Science Project. The white layer is unflavored Knox gelatin, sugar and coconut milk; the orange layer is a mix of orange Jell-O, butterscotch schnapps and orange sherbet; the yellow layer contains pineapple Jell-O and coconut milk; and all three flavors contain vanilla schnapps.

4. Cotton Candy

If you happen to be heading to Disneyland before Halloween, then don’t miss the opportunity to visit their Halloween carnival just behind Big Thunder Ranch. There you can not only take pictures with your favorite Disney villains, admire pumpkins carved by expert artists and play fun carnival games, but also buy yourself some candy corn cotton candy, which sounds so sweet that just saying it is liable to give you a cavity.

5. Cake Push Pops

All you need to make some candy corn push pops are plastic push pops (you can find them on Etsy or Amazon), some frosting, some food coloring and some white cake mix. It’s amazing how simple these treats are, given how impressive they look.

6. Bento Boxes

How do you make your kids a sandwich that looks like a piece of candy corn for their daily bento box? Just make a sandwich sans cheese and put a piece of provolone on top (your youngster can put the cheese in the middle at lunch time). Cut the sandwich into the right shape, use a food-safe marker to color the bottom of the provolone yellow, and put a small strip of cheddar in the middle. For the rest of the bento box, some baby carrots and real candy corn can round out the tasty lunchtime treat.

7. Rice Krispie Treats

To make these tasty treats, you’ll need to make three batches of Rice Krispie treats, dyeing the first one yellow, the next one orange, and leaving the last white. As each successive batch finishes, pack it in a cake pan, making an outer ring, then a smaller one next to that, until the white treats fill up the hole in the middle. Once they’re cool, cut in slices and enjoy your candy corn treats.

8. Fudge

Enjoy making and eating regular white chocolate fudge? Well, with a little food coloring and a bit of patience, you can easily convert your usual white fudge recipe into a tri-color masterpiece perfect for Halloween.

9. Marshmallows

Admittedly, most people think of marshmallows as a filling or topping for a real dessert, not a dessert on their own. But if you’ve ever had homemade marshmallows, then you know just how delicious they can be, and these candy corn mallows are sure to taste as good as they look.

10. Waffles

Spruce up the most important meal of the day with a little style. Like many of the other recipes listed here, all you need to impress your loved ones with this recipe is a little food coloring.

11. Milkshakes

These milkshakes are all vanilla with a little food coloring and layering, but if you were really so inspired, it would be easy to use sherbets in place of vanilla ice cream, creating a pineapple, orange and coconut milkshake in the process.

This story originally appeared last Halloween.

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Hate Red M&M's? You Need a Candy Color-Sorting Machine
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You don’t have to be a demanding rock star to live a life without brown M&M's or purple Skittles—all you need is some engineering know-how and a little bit of free time.

Mechanical engineering student Willem Pennings created a machine that can take small pieces of candy—like M&M's, Skittles, Reese’s Pieces, etc.—and sort them by color into individual piles. All Pennings needs to do is pour the candy into the top funnel; from there, the machine separates the candy—around two pieces per second—and dispenses all of it into smaller bowls at the bottom designated for each variety.

The color identification is performed with an RGB sensor that takes “optical measurements” of candy pieces of equal dimensions. There are limitations, though, as Pennings revealed in a Reddit Q&A: “I wouldn't be able to use this machine for peanut M&M's, since the sizes vary so much.”

The entire building process lasted from May through December 2016, and included the actual conceptualization, 3D printing (which was outsourced), and construction. The entire project was detailed on Pennings’s website and Reddit's DIY page.

With all of the motors, circuitry, and hardware that went into it, Pennings’s machine is likely too ambitious of a task for the average candy aficionado. So until a machine like this hits the open market, you're probably stuck buying bags of single-colored M&M’s in bulk online or sorting all of the candy out yourself the old fashioned way.

To see Pennings’s machine in action, check out the video below:

[h/t Refinery 29]

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Try New Oreo Flavors Each Month With a Cookie Club Subscription Box
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The best cookies are the kind that are delivered directly to your doorstep. Now, as delish reports, the Oreo cookie brand is offering that service to its customers on a monthly basis. Oreo fans who sign up for the Cookie Club will receive a curated box of goodies around the beginning of the month.

Each subscription package comes in a box decorated with the cookie’s iconic design. Inside recipients will find two snacks, which can be any combination of the brand’s many cookies and candy bar flavors (such as classic Oreo and golden Oreo cookies as their examples).

The delivery also includes a recipe card and an Oreo-inspired gift. That gift could be a mug, a hat, a game, or any piece of Oreo-branded swag the company can fit into the box. According to one Amazon user, the box for January included cinnamon Oreo cookies, chocolate hazelnut Oreos, Oreo hot cocoa mix, Oreo socks, and a recipe for cinnamon Oreo mug cake.

The subscription costs more than it would to purchase the cookies from a store, but for true fans the higher price tag may be worth it. The Cookie Club is an opportunity to try out new Oreo flavors that you may have had trouble finding otherwise. It also makes a great gift for any adventurous cookie fans in your life. Subscriptions are available to purchase exclusively through Amazon in 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month packages, with the prices for each coming out to around $20 a box.

[h/t delish]

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