How to Freeze Dry Candy Corn

How to Freeze Dry Candy Corn

Freeze Dried Fruits

Why do people love candy Corn? Without a doubt, it’s one of America’s most popular candies, and we’re not making that up. In 2019, it was estimated that 95% of holiday shoppers stocked up on this tasty treat. The problem is the candies stick together when stored for too long. Here’s how to freeze dry candy corn and have an unforgettable treat that excites your family. Even when it’s not Halloween yet.

How Is Candy Corn Made?

To successfully freeze dry candy corn, you have to understand what it’s made of. According to Brach’s, the largest manufacturer of the candy, it’s made up of:

  • Sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Confectioner’s glaze (shellac)
  • Salt
  • Dextrose
  • Gelatin
  • Sesame oil
  • Artificial flavor
  • Honey
  • Yellow 6
  • Yellow 5
  • Red 3

All these ingredients (along with trade secret ones, of course) are melted in a candy slurry. Once they incorporate and color the recipe, they run the mix in a molding process. The end is a row of trays of the iconic pyramid kernels left to cool and set.

How Do I Prepare Candy Corn For Freeze Drying?

Candy corn is one of the straightforward candies to freeze dry. You don’t have to prepare a lot or need special equipment. You just need your freeze-dryer tray(s) to get started.

Yes, no need for parchment paper because the candies won’t stick to the tray. They won’t expand either, as gummy worms and sour skittles do. Just dump the candies on the tray, and put them in your freeze dryer.

How Is Candy Corn Made

Is Pre-Freezing Necessary?

It’s not required, but it can help with the process. Candy doesn’t have as much water as grapes and tomatoes do. However, pre-freezing reduces the time of your freeze-drying process to a few hours. This can be helpful when there’s a lot of food lined up for freeze-drying.

If you want to pre-freeze your candy, use the same trays you’ll freeze drying it in.

How To Freeze Dry Candy Corn

Thanks to Harvest Right, freeze-drying candy corn is as easy as pressing a few buttons.

  1. With your freeze dryer on, press “START > NON-LIQUID”.
  2. For room-temperature candy, choose “NOT FROZEN”.
  3. If you have pre-frozen candy, select “FROZEN”. Then, let the unit pre-cool to -8°F (-22 °C) or to a temperature lower than your candy.
  4. Close the drain valve when your freeze dryer tells you to, then press “CONTINUE”

How Long Does Freeze Drying Candy Corn Take?

Freeze-drying candy corn takes at least 16-24 hours to freeze dry. What affects the freeze drying time can be several factors like:

  • How much material you’re freeze drying
  • The structure of the food you’re freeze drying
  • Temperature and humidity where you’re freeze dryer’s installed
  • Performance of your vacuum pump

How Do I Store The Candies?

Before you store the candies, make sure they’re all freeze-dried. Test random pieces while the trays are still warm. If any candies feel soft, gummy, or cool to the touch, put the trays back for 2-3 hours of extra dry time.

To store your freeze-dried candy corns, put them in either Mason jars or Mylar bags. The jars are good if you got kids that can’t keep their hands off the candies. The Mylar bags are great for long-term storage (we’re talking years here). They’re also ideal for bringing the sweets for camping or any outdoor trips.

Before you seal your containers, place 1-2 of 300cc oxygen absorbers for every gallon size of your container. This will take out any residual oxygen that can ruin your freeze-dried candy while in storage.

How Long Does Freeze Drying Candy Corn Take?

Where Can I Buy Freeze Dried Candy Corn?

Got too much food lined up for freeze drying, or wish to test what freeze-dried candy is like first? Here are some places where you can buy freeze dried candy corn online.

Treatly Freeze Dried Food

Treatly freeze Dried food is owned by Taylor, a savvy entrepreneur. Young and ambitious, she started the company from her home in Canada.

Freeze-dried candy corn is one of her popular brands. It comes in a bag size of 4″ x 6″ x 2 1/2″ and is usually ready in 2+ days upon ordering.


Three Etsy shops offer freeze-dried candy corn: AmethystMeadowsPNW and MarysFreezeDriedBits.

AmethystMeadowsPNW gives you the freeze-dried candy exactly as photographed. Those who ordered were happy with both the candy and the shopping experience.

MarysFreezeDriedBits is an Etsy Star Seller. Customers describe her freeze-dried candy corn as delicious and addictive.

Bulk Candy Store

A customer said the candy’s totally candy corn but lightly crunchy. Another said the candies were very good, and even had a better flavor compared to store-bought ones.

The Freeze Dried Candy Store

If you want candy that’s a bit different from the traditional, then try this one. The Birthday Cake Candy  Corn is sweet tooth approved and made in the USA. A bag gives you 1.7 oz of sweet, freeze-dried goodness.

Happy Stones Freeze Dried Candy & Snacks

If you can’t wait for Halloween to taste a bit of nostalgia, then wait no more. Happy Stones has freeze-dried candy corn available all year round. It’s crunchy, sweet, and perfect to share with family and friends.

A Little Side Note

Whether you make your own, or buy Freeze dried candy corn, remember one thing. Freeze drying transforms this candy from a gooey chewable to a rock-hard almost-tooth-breaking candy. We recommend letting the outer shell moisten first in your mouth before you bite into it.

Are you freeze-drying candy corn for Halloween or for year-round enjoyment? Let us know in the comment section.

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