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Deep-Fried Candy Corn

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

Warm, crispy balls of fried batter with candy corn hidden inside. You won't believe how good candy corn can taste!
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes
SERVINGS: 24 pieces


  • 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
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Sanck
Cuisine: American

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20 thoughts on “Deep-Fried Candy Corn”

  1. Times are a changing, since this post. I’m going to give this a run up the pole and see how it flies. I like the Frosted Flakes idea. However I’m thinking Air Fryer. works great on the deep fried cookie

  2. jeffrey schwaderer

    will try it sometime, may sub the corn flakes with frosted flakes for a little different flavor.

  3. Do theyhave to be served warm or at room temp. im taking these to pot luck so i need to know

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      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.

  4. before i read your post, i thought you should take these to the nc state fair! this is a good use of candy corn!

  5. Kelly @ Trial and Eater

    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! 🙂

  6. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    Oh my word! I didn’t think I could like candy corn anymore, and then you went and deep fried it. Yum!

  7. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Oooh this looks sinful! I’m terrible at frying things, but maybe I can persuade my mom haha 🙂

  8. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Just wow. How genius is this candy corn?! Totally loving this, Christin! (and kinda drooling all over my laptop) 😉

  9. 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!

  10. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Woah, deep fried candy corn?! I’m seriously amazed at your creativity! Sounds delicious!

  11. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    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. 🙂

  12. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

    Just when I thought candy corn couldn’t get any better you went and fried it! Brilliant!

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