Keiki Treat: Candy Corn Gelatin

Three wiggly, jiggly (and one grown-up) versions of this traditional Halloween candy.


Photo: David Croxford


I still love candy corn. It may be pure sugar, but the tiny treats give me a taste of my childhood. I always snap the white top off, then eat the rest layer by chewy layer. In case you were wondering, the sugar-and-corn-syrup confection (yes, sugar and corn syrup are the first two ingredients) was first created in the 1880s and, according to a history piece on, nine billion pieces are made every year.


Even if you’re not a fan of the flavor, the look is definitely a sign of fall. So, why not turn the tri-colored candy into a chilled dessert? Here is a quick recipe with a few variations, including one just for the grown-ups.



  • 1 box each of lemon- and orange-flavored gelatin
  • Cool Whip or whipped cream
  • Candy corn, for garnish



  1. Mix lemon gelatin, according to instructions. Divide evenly into eight small shot glasses or about four larger parfait glasses.
  2. Chill until set. This may take several hours.
  3. While the first layer is setting, mix the orange gelatin then allow to cool.
  4. Pull out the cups and pour the orange gelatin, over a back of a spoon for even distribution, into each.
  5. Chill.
  6. Top with whipped topping or whipped cream and garnish with candy corn.


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  • Use pineapple gelatin and substitute the pineapple juice for equal part of water. Mix the crushed pineapple into the gelatin before chilling.
  • Instead of gelatin, layer chopped pineapple and mandarin oranges, top with whipped cream.
  • Don’t want whipped cream? Made a white layer of gelatin by sprinkling an envelope of unflavored gelatin over 1/4 cup of cold water. Let sit for two minutes, then stir in 1/2 cup of boiling water. Mix until smooth, then add 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk.
  • Grown-up version: Mix each flavored gelatin with one cup of boiling water. Then add 1/2 cup of vodka. Stir and pour into cups.


Want more craft and treat ideas? See our Halloween Corner for those and our full roundup of spooky events on O‘ahu.