Thursday, October 26, 2006

Gourmet Goodies Candy Corn

Even if you don’t like candy corn you have to at least appreciate it. It’s festive and as a candy it actually looks like corn kernels. (I know fewer and fewer people have actually seen whole silos filled with feed corn, but trust me - that’s pretty much what it looks like.)

imageMaybe you’ve even wondered how they make it. Candy corn is made by creating a mold in corn starch. A “positive” image of the finished candy corn is pressed into a tray of firmly packed corn starch to create the “negative” image of the corn shape with the tip a the very bottom. Then the tray has a layer of molten candy squirted into it. Then it goes to the next color layer until it has three layers built up. You can see that they kind of blend a little bit at the margins, which is good, because it helps the candy bond together as a whole. The recipes for each layer are slightly different (colors and sometimes flavors) but work as a whole.

After they’re layered properly they’re demolded, which usually means they’re dumped out of the tray and tumbled or shaken on a mesh screen to get the corn starch off. Then they’re tumbled again (usually) with a little glaze to give them their matte coats. Every once in a while you’ll get one that seems to be missing a layer, which I find kind of fun, because real corn is like that.

This process can be applied to any kind of shape but the layering thing is most often seen with the candy corn. Other “mallocremes” are made the same way but with different mold shapes (so the pumpkin ones would have the little green stem squirted in first and then the orange cream for the pumpkin gourd). What’s pretty cool about this process is that sometimes people think outside the box. This time they’ve created “Gourmet Goodie” which is flavored candy corn. I’ve seen them at Target, but didn’t quite want to pick up a whole jar because of my pre-existing candy corn consumption commitments.

imageThe flavor that interested me most was Tangerine. The colors are funky, the bottom is orange, the middle yellow and the top is lavender. Not the most intuitive combo for something in the citrus family, but you know you can’t tell after it’s in your mouth.

The first thing I noticed about these was how beautiful they are. The color combos really are nice. In the mouth they’re ultrasmooth without a hint of graininess, yet there’s a pleasant soft crumbly texture to them. The next thing I noticed was a tartness. Being tangerine they’re not about the “essence” of the fruit, but more about the juice of the fruit.

The tangerine reminded me of a creamsicle. Sweet, mellow, a little creamy feeling and a sort of neutral tartness.

imageNext was the one that I dreaded, Cherry. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s a stunning looking piece of candy. red on the bottom, pink in the middle and a yellow cap. It also had the same smoothness and not nearly the tangy-ness as the tangerine. But it also had the cherry flavor. It was strong cherry and had a bitter, medicinal note to it. (But of course I don’t like cherry, so you can completely disregard my dislike for this.)

imageFinally was the one my husband was looking forward to Apple. I kind of like the idea of apple as a candy corn flavor, as I consider apple a fall fruit as much as corn is a fall harvest.

Green on the bottom, yellow in the middle and orange on top, this one could easily be mistaken for the tangerine. Also tart and with a kind of artificial flavor, the apple grew on me. The mellow candy corn notes that we usually associate with the honey flavor kind of work here. I would be curious to taste one that was more in the apple pie family of flavors, with cinnamon notes and less of the green apple flavors.

They’re undoubtedly high quality, but I’m just not keen on the taste. The tangerine was passable, but the apple and cherry just repulsed me.

For another opinion check out CandyAddict’s review.

I am actually curious about Galerie au Chocolat, the manufacturer who sent me the samples. While I didn’t care for this product, I’d be willing to try some other stuff (especially if there’s some of that ‘chocolat’ involved). If you live in the Hebron, KY area (near Cincinnati, OH), you might be interested to hear that Galerie has an annual candy corn sale, the last day is Sunday, October 29th. (visit their site, click on “visit us”) ... they said 50 cents a pound!

Related Candies

  1. Brach’s Chocolate Candy Corn & Halloween Mix
  2. Milk Maid Caramel Apple Candy Corn
  3. Zachary Candy Corn & Jelly Pumpkins
  4. Candy Corn Kisses
  5. Jelly Belly Deluxe Easter Mix
Name: Gourmet Goodies Candy Corn: Tangerine, Apple & Cherry
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Galerie au Chocolat
Place Purchased: samples from Galerie
Price: unknown
Size: 7.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Fondant, Halloween, United States

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Comments
  1. We saw these at Target the other day and were tempted, but they were about $2 a jar, and I wasn’t *that* curious. Might check them out if they’ve still got them on sale after Halloween.

    Comment by Grace on 10/26/06 at 11:33 am #
  2. Ew.

    Comment by April on 10/26/06 at 2:55 pm #
  3. I find these frightening.

    Firstly, even though the colors are new, they’re not anywhere NEAR as beautiful and asthetically pleasing as the normal candy/indian corn. Heck, even Valentine’s Day candy corn is prettier than this!

    Secondly, the flavors sound horrible. Call me a purist, but I can’t imagine candy corn tasting of anything other than extreme sweetness.

    Comment by Sera on 10/26/06 at 5:00 pm #
  4. Okay, I’m one of those folks who’ve never seen feed corn, so I did a Google Image search.  For those who are interested, there are a few good pix of the stuff, some of which does, indeed, look like candy corn.

    Comment by Karen on 10/27/06 at 3:50 am #
  5. Uh,for grammar purists out there, that last sentence did not come out right.

    Comment by Karen on 10/27/06 at 3:53 am #
  6. I reviewed these at the beginning of the month.  The cherry is gross, the tangerine was kind of okay, and the apple tastes kind of like Jolly Ranchers green apple.  None of them come close to the real thing for me.

    Comment by Rebecca on 10/27/06 at 6:38 am #
  7. Thanks for the explanation of how candy corn is made!

    Comment by Tricia on 10/30/06 at 2:29 pm #
  8. Does anyone know where I can find cinnamon flavored candy corn?

    Comment by Arleita Dirne on 12/12/06 at 5:09 am #
  9. can u order me 1 pound of apple corn candies thanks

    Comment by bob on 10/13/07 at 1:26 pm #
  10. Yes, I too would like to know about cinnamon candy corn…

    this year I visited my local Hallmark to purchase my favorite Halloween candy, the Goelitz Autumn Mix to find that sitting on their shelf was Jelly Belly Autumn mix jelly beans! I didn’t want jelly beans, I wanted the beautiful mallowcremes, maple included & the wonderful cinnamon candy corn. I’m writing Goelitz -I’m so sad!

    Comment by Suzanne on 10/28/07 at 4:57 am #
  11. These look really good!

    Comment by Jason on 9/09/08 at 5:30 am #
  12. Ok, just to let anybody know that I found Jelly Belly brand Fall Festival Mix at my local Cracker Barrel restaurant-YEAH!!! It’s what used to be put out by Goelitz…has the yellow corn, maple ‘pecans’ & CINNAMON candy corn-in addition to chocolate candy corn-IT IS THE BEST-Thanks Jelly Belly!

    Comment by Suzanne on 9/09/08 at 12:54 pm #
  13. Thanks, Suzanne!  I was wondering where to find these this year, and Cracker Barrel is easier to get to than the place I found them last year.  The cinnamon candy corn is one of the best things about fall!

    Comment by Lois on 9/09/08 at 1:53 pm #
  14. I was tempted by these but didn’t find any of the potential flavors grabbing enough to pay that much money for them. That is, until I saw the toasted s’more. If you don’t get caught up in the fact that they are supposed to be candy corn, they are actually not that bad. I’m scared most I think of the cotton candy flavor I’m pretty sure I saw.

    Comment by Jamie on 10/07/08 at 2:36 am #
  15. Where do you find the green apple candy corn this year, I love them! they used to sell em in target but they dont anymore.

    Comment by allie on 10/11/08 at 8:37 pm #

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