Deep-Fried Candy Corn

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Deep-Fried Candy Corn is perhaps the best way to eat candy corn. A warm, crispy fried dough ball with melted candy corn inside, sprinkled with powdered sugar. Candy corn can’t possibly get any better than that.

Deep-Fried Candy Corn

Every year I say I am going to go to either the State Fair in Columbia, SC or the one in Raleigh, NC. But this time of year I seem to be so busy that many things on my fall to do list don’t get done. Biking the Virginia Creeper Trail? Been wanting to do that for 5 years. My kids are too old to even want to do it anymore.

I have plans to make it to the State Fair this year (like always) but just in case I don’t make it, I decided to cook up a little State Fair-esque treat. There always seems to be a competition at the State Fair for the craziest fried food. Or at least, that’s what I hear. I wouldn’t know because I never make it there.

Deep-Fried Candy Corn
Deep-fried Candy Corn is one pretty crazy fried food. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of candy corn, but frying them in a simple batter of Bisquick mixed with buttermilk, an egg, and some cornflakes, incredibly enhances their flavor. Or maybe tames it.

Cornflakes seemed like a strange addition, but they really helped the flavor. I wouldn’t have known they were there had I not been the one to add them to the batter. You don’t notice a crunch or anything. I had forgotten how much I like cornflakes and I ate them for lunch three times this week.

Deep-Fried Candy Corn
This recipe is from the cookbook Southern Living The Way to Fry: Fresh, fabulous recipes for the modern Southern cook which I got for Christmas last year and am just now getting around to cooking something from. It has a whole section of crazy fried foods including Deep-Fried Jack and Coke and Deep-Fried Pimiento Cheese Sandwich.

I don’t deep fry foods that often so the only question is should I try the Fried Jack and Coke this year or save it for next year? And would it be an inappropriate food for my teenage kids to eat? Lol!

Deep-Fried Candy Corn

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Deep-Fried Candy Corn

Deep-Fried Candy Corn

Course: Sanck
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 pieces
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Warm, crispy balls of fried batter with candy corn hidden inside. You won't believe how good candy corn can taste!
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  • 2 cups all-purpose baking mix Bisquick
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup candy corn, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cornflakes cereal
  • Vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar


  • In a large bowl, mix together Bisquick, the egg, and buttermilk.
  • Stir in candy corn and cornflakes.
  • Pour 2 inches of oil in a Dutch oven and heat to a temperature of 350 degrees. I like to attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan.
  • Carefully drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into oil. Fry about 6 at a time and cook for about 1 minute per side.
  • Drain on a wire rack placed over paper towels.
  • To serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Makes about 24 Deep-Fried Candy Corn Balls.
Recipe Source: Southern Living's The Way to Fry


Calories: 124kcal

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20 thoughts on “Deep-Fried Candy Corn

    1. They definitely are better when they are warm. It’s been almost a year since I’ve made them so I can’t tell you for certainty how long they are good because I just can’t remember. I think they should do fine for at least a few hours.

  1. I can’t believe it, you found the one thing I’ve never seen be fried before! I live in NC and have been to the NC State Fair, my favorite fried food was the fried oreos! I have seen all sorts of crazy fried things, even fried PB&J. You should go sell your fried candy corn at the fair! 🙂

  2. I’ve seen everything now, Christin! I would never think to fry candy corn, but it sounds oddly good! The corn flakes actually sound good here. This is some fun fried food!

  3. Wowza! This sounds amazing!! I love love love candy corn… and fried things. I hate frying at home because I make a huge mess, but I have an aunt who is always frying things so I may need to suggest these next time we go over. 🙂

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