Candy corn is my favorite thing about Halloween, but I've completely stopped eating it because it's full of artificial flavors and colors, and the other shapes have trans fat. After a couple years of working up the courage to try it, I finally made vegan candy corn last night.
In order to keep it all-natural, I invested in vegetable-based food dyes from India Tree. (one bottle each of red, blue, and yellow was about $19 at Whole Foods). It seemed like I was using a lot, but the bottles are barely depleted. It was an excellent investment to know I can still have fun-colored food without poisoning myself or my friends and family.
When the dough had cooled a bit, it was hard to mold, and making little candy corns was taking way too long, so I made the rest of the orange dough into pumpkins. I also experimented with some other shapes and color combinations:
At the end of the evening, I bagged up a pumpkin and five candy corns for each of my immediate coworkers. The rest of the treats are in the kitchen. I suspect they'll be gone by lunchtime.
It was a ton of work, but totally worth it. I swore I wouldn't do it again, but I'm almost positive I'll have forgotten the pains by next year.
And even after all the sampling I did while I was molding the candy, the WiiFit said I was down 1.5 pounds this morning. Just 1/10 of a BMI point to go, and I won't be overweight anymore!