Candy Corn and Peanuts Is the Halloween Combo You’re Not Trying (Yet)

Ever heard of mixing candy corn and peanut? We tried this seemingly unusual combo—find out what our editors thought.

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When you think of classic Halloween pairings, you probably think of flavor combos like caramel and apple, pumpkin and pecan, even peanut butter and chocolate (everyone loves the shaped Reese’s best, right?). But it turns out there’s another combo we’ve been overlooking this whole time: candy corn and peanuts.

This combination was entirely unknown to me until recently, but it turns out it has quite a following. I asked my mom about this since she’s a candy corn fanatic. If anyone would know about this strange mix, she would.

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Candy Corn and Peanuts? 

Of course, when I asked my mom about mixing the Halloween candy that everyone loves to hate (or hates loving) with peanuts, she knew exactly what I was talking about and had rave reviews. “It’s good! Really. It tastes like a Salted Nut Roll.”

My mom doesn’t steer me wrong when it comes to food, so I grabbed a bag of candy corn and a jar of peanuts and mixed them together in equal parts. My mom recommends plain, salted peanuts, but I opted for dry roasted (they were on sale!). Another word to the wise: “Get the traditional candy corn—not the chocolate kind.”

How Does This Combo Taste?

I couldn’t try this pairing alone, so I recruited some other Taste of Home editors to try this new-to-us-treat out. Since none of us were die-hard candy corn fans, we were all skeptical. Adding peanuts couldn’t really make candy corn better, could it?

It turns out that this combo is better than any of us could have expected. I heard a lot of wows come from the tasting table (plus an emphatic “This is actually really good”). The saltiness of the peanuts along with the sort-of-waxy, sort-of-creaminess of the candy corn played together well—and it did taste like a Salted Nut Roll. It was one of those snack mixes that we just found ourselves digging into again and again.

But this seemingly odd pairing shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Salty and sweet is a winning combo. After all, who doesn’t love salted caramel or a chocolate-covered pretzel?

So this Halloween, don’t fret about having an excess of candy corn. Just mix with some salted peanuts for a salty-sweet snack you can enjoy all fall.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.