Ready for a surprising and simple candy and peanut mix? This recipe for a peanut and candy corn mix tastes just like a Payday bar and will win over even the most ardent candy corn haters.
With Halloween coming up right around the corner, all of the stores in town are stocked to the gills with candy. Well, actually the shelves are now becoming stocked with Christmas items, and a minimal amount of Thanksgiving items, and it is October; but that, my friends, is a story for another day! SMH!!!!!
Now with Covid 19 still lurking its ugly head, that candy doesn’t seem to be flying off of the shelves, and kids are missing out on yet another fun experience in 2020.
Anyhow, back to Halloween candy, right?
So you have all of the original staples available like Reese cups, Snickers, M&M’s, Kit Kat, Hershey’s bars, SweetHearts, Jolly Ranchers, Twix, Blow Pops, Cow Tails, Mike & Ikes, Nestle Crunch, Skittles, Butterfingers, Twizzlers, 3 Musketeers, Sour Patch, and the plethora of other candy available year round.
Then you have the Halloween specific delicacies like popcorn balls, candied apples, the specialized chocolates with Halloween foil wrap, gummy eyeballs and Halloween shaped candies, and candy corn.
Candy Corn. Love or Hate?
Candy corn is one of those things that people either love or hate. Kinda like liver and onions, or black licorice. I, for one, do not like candy corn. It is overly sweet, with a strange consistency which sometimes is rock hard. It has absolutely no chocolate whatsoever…except for a poor attempt at making a chocolate kind, which fails miserably! No thank you.
Truth be told, I’m a chocolate girl through and through. Chocolate is my liquid courage, liquid love, liquid life!
As a child, trick or treating was a big deal, full sized candy bars were a bigger deal, and trading my “junk” non chocolate candy for the prized Snickers, Reeses and m&m’s was the ultimate win for me!
Gosh, those days were so much fun! Trick or treating in Grandma and Grandpa’s neighborhood where the neighbors had special bags set aside for me, my sister and brothers and candy for weeks in lunchboxes afterwards! And I digress, yet again!
My youngest son absolutely loves candy corn!
He would eat bags and bags of it if he could, and as soon as Halloween is nearing and shelves are stocking with Halloween goodies (which is probably in August these days! Yikes!) he is asking if I will buy him some candy corn!
We even learned that CVS carries candy corn year round. Ask me how I know????
So my son, being the kind soul that he is, always sharing his favorite things. He’s done this since he was a wee little one, and it is one of the most amazing things I love about him.
Often he will give us a bite or a taste of whatever he has, even if it is his favorite. I think you can see where this is going. He’s tried over and over and over again to share his candy corn love with me, and over and over and over again my response is no thanks! I just cannot stand the stuff.
The smirk on his face when he’s being ornery because he knows I can’t stand candy corn, yet he’s trying to convince me that it’s good is a hoot!
Will he ever convince me otherwise????
Enter Pinterest. Pinterest fixes everything! The ideas and information on Pinterest are mind blowing at times!
Pinterest even found a way for me to like candy corn!!!!! So browsing Pinterest one day I saw a post about candy corn and a Payday candy bar and I was intrigued. I like Payday bars!
It was so long ago and so crazy simple that I never even pinned the post, so sadly I cannot give credit where credit is due, but I was floored when I saw it and had to give it a try! Lo and behold, mixing peanuts with candy corn tastes just like a Payday candy bar!!!!
Even though the poster said it tasted just like a Payday, I had to close my eyes and seriously thought about pinching my nose shut so I couldn’t smell it, because yes, I am that person, but I didn’t!
I chose to be brave and grabbed a small handful of peanuts riddled with candy corn, popped it in my mouth with probably the weirdest look on my face because I was truly scared for what might come, and began chewing.
A delicious suprise!
The eyes squeezed shut, scrunched up half scared/half grossed out face slowly turned to wide-eyed surprise as I began to taste a Payday…salty, crunchy, fresh peanuts and delicious nougat center…and I was shocked!
Hail Pinterest for saving the day! If you like Payday candy bars or if you like candy corn, give this simple treat a try!
It’s the perfect trick for your goblins this Halloween, or any time of the year if you can get your hands on candy corn!
Candy corn….nosh or no????? What is your favorite Halloween treat?????
Payday Peanut & Candy Halloween Mix
- 16 oz Roasted salted peanuts
- 11 oz Candy Corn
- Add the peanuts to a large bowl
- Mix in 6-8 ounces of candy corn. Taste, then add more candy corn until you achieve the desired taste.
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