A colorful candy corn macaron with a yellow bottom, a white top, and creamy orange pumpkin spice filling.
I got a little carried away at the store today. I had this idea to make candy corn macarons for this month’s MacTweets and I went to the store to buy candy corn to dress up the pictures. When I got there, they had ordinary candy corn of course, but this year Bach’s also had Caramel Candy Corn, and Chocolate Caramel Candy Corn, and Caramel Apple Candy Corn. All of which I decided I should take home and try.
But I didn’t stop there – no of course not. There were also candy cane flavored Dots and candy corn Kisses and I thought I should sampled those as well. (Let’s not talk about the two cute packages of Halloween Lindor Truffles that I bought and have hidden in my closet.)
The reason for my apparent current obsession with candy corn is that I hate them. I think they have a horrible, waxy flavor. My husband and my kids seem to like them, but I think they’re pretty nasty.
But I do sort of think of them fondly. They remind me of this time of year – cooler weather and yummy treats. Candy corn always seemed to be hanging around when you were bobbing for apples or eating pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They look so cheery and fun and I really do want to like them.
So when I saw the orange pumpkin spice Kisses I thought they would make a perfect filing for a candy corn mac. A candy corn that would be full of fabulous fall flavor, not waxy and bland with an odd smell. Of course, I wanted to make the top white and the bottom yellow. I tried shaping one in the shape of a candy corn, but it looked more like an egg, so I stuck with round candy corn macs instead.
I made the Ottolenghi recipe that works well for me. I used half the batter for white and then added yellow to the other half. If I was making two colors again, I would make half a batch of each because the yellow got over mixed and spread much more than the white ones, making it hard to match them up.
I made the filling by melting about 10 Pumpkin Spice Kisses in the microwave at 50% power for about 1 minutes and adding enough powdered sugar to make a thick filling. This really is a perfect mac flavor for fall and so much better than candy corn candies.
Candy Corn Macaron
- 110 gm powdered sugar
- 60 gm finely ground almond meal/flour
- 60 gm egg whites of 2 eggs
- 40 gm granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 310 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and have a pastry bag with a plain tip (about ½-inch, 2 cm) ready. (Setting the pastry bag in a glass while you fill the bag was a great tip I learned during this process.) (Also, I like to double stack the baking sheets.)
- Combine the powdered sugar with the almond powder. (Pulse in a blender or food processor if you don’t have finely ground almond meal. A mini food processor works best for this if you have one.)
- With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they begin to rise and hold their shape. While whipping, beat in the granulated sugar until very stiff and firm, about 2 minutes. (To test to see if egg whites are ready, whip until the tip of the peak doesn’t fold over when you pull the beater out of the meringue.)
- Carefully fold the dry ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg whites with a flexible rubber spatula. When the mixture is just smooth and there are no streaks of egg white, stop folding and scrape the batter into the pastry bag. (You can put a spoonful on a plate to test it. If it slowly flattens out it’s perfect. If it runs, add a bit more almond flour/powdered sugar. If it just stays in a blob, give it a few more folds.)
- Pipe the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets in 1-inch (3 cm) circles (about 1 tablespoon each of batter), evenly spaced one-inch (3 cm) apart.
- Rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter top to flatten the macarons. Leave out, uncovered for 15 minutes, then bake them for 15-20 minutes. Give the macs a gentle little shake with the tip of your finger to see if they're done. You want them set but not firm. It’s better to undercook them.
- Let cool completely then remove from baking sheet.
So you may be wondering what I thought of the other flavors of candy corn – waxy and nasty. Somehow the Kisses nailed the strange candy corn flavor in their Candy Corn Kisses, but at least it was smooth and creamy and not waxy. The Dots sort of captured the candy corn flavor but in a gummy sort of way.
Be sure and stop by MacTweets on September 20th to see the roundup of long ago & far away memories of the MacTweeters.
Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste
These are absolutely stunning! Perfection across the board!
Thanks Kelly – so fun for fall.
I know it’s kind of late to comment on this post but, I just saw them.
These are just TOO cute!
Oh wow – these have to be the prettiest, most sophisticated Halloween treats I’ve seen!! Thanks so much for linking up to my Halloween blog hop!
This is one of the nicest comments I received! Thanks!
These macarons look amazing. It’s perfect for halloween treats. I have a bag of candy corn in my cabinet that I was going to eat them by itself, but I think I’m going to try your recipe. I know I’m going to enjoy this.
Adorable! I am a candy corn fan but I usually go for the chocolate ones. The caramel apple ones are my new favorite though. I bite off the apple bit, the caramel part isn’t very good 😛
Barbara, what an inspiration! Macarons are a challenge at best, then you come up with this great way of featuring them for the holidays! I love this idea. I saw a variation in the movie Kings of Pastry I’ve been wanting to try. Now you’ve set me forward to do it.
Thanks for all the sweet comments! This has been my most popular mac post ever.
Barbara, thanks so much for sharing these awesome Macarons with us. I happen to love candy corn, I am sure these are as amazing to munch on as they are too gaze upon. Such pretty colors 🙂 xo”
Great ideas. Trying to perfect my macarons but I have difficulty with keeping them of the same size. Can you share where you got that parchment with pre made circle shape? Is it like a Silpat? Thanks.
Tina it is actually a macaron template that was online that I just print, but I think they’ve taken it down. Fortunately, I saved a copy on my computer. I uploaded it for you. You’ll need to print two and it is recommended that you remove it before baking your macs (although I never do and haven’t had a problem.) https://www.barbarabakes.com/wp-content/upLoads/2010/10/macarontemplate.pdf
Wow, wow, wow! I LOVE these! Don’t show my husband! LOL!
Paper and Food
Cool. I love candy corn, so I’m sure these are lip-smacking good! Thanks.
Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread
Barbara, you have out done yourself, these are over the top!!!!!!!
these macarons look perfect. i am still looking for the right recipe ..i will definately try this one soon. thank you for sharing.
Pretty. Good. Food.
These are adorable! Great photos 🙂
these are super cute, and look delicious! Great idea!!
Cute idea, Barbara. These would be a huge hit with my kids (okay, I might eat a few, too).