Candy Pumpkins

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I recently joined fellow Gapers Block food writers at Ras Dashen for a delicious dinner of Ethiopian food. One of the new contributors, Shanna Quinn, mentioned that after reading recipes for homemade candy corn, she experimented with a few to create candy pumpkins. She posted the recipe a few days later and I promptly marked it to try myself.

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Candy making is not my strong point in the kitchen, but I followed Shanna's recipe exactly and it worked out very well. While the final product is a bit softer, the flavor is remarkably true to store-bought. I wound up with quite a bit of extra green dough after dividing it in
the quantities the recipe calls for.  This gave me the opportunity to
make some green pumpkins and candy snakes. Though, if you want all of
your candy to look more traditional, I'd recommend making slightly less
green dough.

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Jess LC - This is so cute! I love this idea. But looking at the recipe, I already know it’s over my head. Maybe I can have my friend Kaitlyn (of eatmyblog.org) help me make them.
Nice job!

Jess LC - This is so cute! I love this idea. But looking at the recipe, I already know it’s over my head. Maybe I can have my friend Kaitlyn (of eatmyblog.org) help me make them.
Nice job!

Nishta - okay, these are adorable Gemma! I could eat the whole tray but would probably regret it later…for some reason, the pumpkins have always tasted better to me than candy corn–a college boyfriend got me hooked.
it’s funny how past relationships can change our tastes for good.

Nishta - okay, these are adorable Gemma! I could eat the whole tray but would probably regret it later…for some reason, the pumpkins have always tasted better to me than candy corn–a college boyfriend got me hooked.
it’s funny how past relationships can change our tastes for good.

Gemma - It took a bit of patience, but I was surprised how easy it all was Jess. I hope you give them a try!
I agree Nishta, I always consider the pumpkins to be better than the candy corn. I’m glad you are with me on that, even if it doesn’t quite make sense!

Gemma - It took a bit of patience, but I was surprised how easy it all was Jess. I hope you give them a try!
I agree Nishta, I always consider the pumpkins to be better than the candy corn. I’m glad you are with me on that, even if it doesn’t quite make sense!

Kate - Oh my goodness! These look really cute. I bet it would be a hit with the kids. Too bad I only saw it now. I’ll definitely keep this recipe for next year.

Kate - Oh my goodness! These look really cute. I bet it would be a hit with the kids. Too bad I only saw it now. I’ll definitely keep this recipe for next year.

Gemma - Thanks Kate! You know, if your kids wouldn’t mind, I bet you could make some cute trees or snowmen!

Gemma - Thanks Kate! You know, if your kids wouldn’t mind, I bet you could make some cute trees or snowmen!

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