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.
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 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.
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!
Warm, crispy balls of fried batter with candy corn hidden inside. You won't believe how good candy corn can taste!
- 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