Candy Corn Milkshakes

Ok, so admittedly cute little candy corns aren’t exactly “spooky” when it comes to Spooky Eats Week, but they fit into the Halloween theme…so…here they are.

Another idea that is simple in concept, vanilla ice cream is lightly colored and layered in a clear cup to look just like the sugary, addictive treats so easily devoured during the fall and Halloween season. I mean, it is just vanilla ice cream, after all, but you would have thought I was a living genius the way my kids wide-eyed and open-mouthed looked at the candy corn milkshakes – then looked at me – looked at the candy corn milkshakes – then looked at me. Seriously. A genius.

I’ll take it. And don’t you dare send my kids a memo with the truth about their very ungenius mother.

On that note, I’ll leave you with the promise that tomorrow, I have two fantastic recipes to share that will taste deliciouso and still gross out the kids plenty enough to keep things lively.

Candy Corn Milkshakes

Spooky Eats: Candy Corn Milkshakes

Yield: Makes 4-6 milkshakes, depending on the size of your cups

Spooky Eats: Candy Corn Milkshakes


  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • Orange and yellow food coloring
  • Clear plastic or glass cups
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream
  • Sprinkles, if desired


  1. Take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it soften for about 20-30 minutes. Spoon 1/3 of the ice cream into a medium bowl. Use orange food coloring, gel or liquid, to color the ice cream orange as desired. Stir well to mix and color.
  2. In another medium bowl, spoon another 1/3 of the ice cream and color it yellow as desired. Stir well to mix and color.
  3. Stir the remaining vanilla ice cream until it is smooth and creamy.
  4. Spoon yellow ice cream into the bottom of a plastic cup, to fill the cup 1/3 full. You may need to wipe the cup down if streaks are in the upper part of the cup from spooning it in. Flatten it out as well as you can, trying to eliminate any air bubbles on the side.
  5. Spoon in orange ice cream on top of the yellow to fill the cup about 2/3 full. Again, wipe down the inside of the cup, if needed, and smooth out the top of the orange ice cream. Top with vanilla ice cream to within 1/4-inch of the top of the cup. Smooth out the top.
  6. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired. Freeze until ready to serve.

Recipe Source: inspired by this post from Pinterest

40 Responses to Candy Corn Milkshakes

  1. Laura says:

    Mel, these are adorable. However, shouldn’t the white go at the thinner bottom of the glass and the yellow at the wider top? Just sayin’ 🙂

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  4. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to make it and try it! : )

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    What “cool” treats! I’d love it if you linked this candy corn project to my Candy Corn Roundup post.

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  18. Mel says:

    Michelle – I’m not sure how that would affect the layering. You’d have to try it but my guess is the layers may kind of sink together if the mixture is softer.

  19. Michelle says:

    Do you think you could mix the ice cream with milk to make it a real milk shake and still layer it or would it all just lend together?

  20. tonya says:

    Well, I finally got around to making these. I knew it would be wasted on my boys since they’re only 2 & 3, but I couldn’t resist! They turned out really cute & I was quite proud, but my boys said they didn’t want THAT ice cream – they said they wanted the ice cream in the black box. The black box had the vanilla ice cream in it before I started fancy-ing it up. Of course. Boys. They did, however, enjoy the “fancy” milkshakes in spite of their cuteness! ;o)

  21. I’m in love – being the candy corn fan that I am I will definitely be trying these!! Think I will use orange sherbet for the orange layer since I am a big creamsicle fan! Yum!!

  22. grace says:

    i was hoping you found a way to get the flavor of candy corn in a milkshake, but i’d be satisfied with these. very creative, mel!

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  24. kristin says:

    thanks for this idea! i had to try it with our kids. it looked soooo good! we adapted it a bit to be more of a fruit version, with ingredients that we had on hand. it was delicious. thanks, again!

    by the way, i am a regular follower and everything i’ve ever tried on here is amazing. some of the recipes here are our family’s favorite. thank you so much.

  25. Carolyn Jung says:

    Wonderfully creative. In fact, I’d rather have this than the actual candies. 😉

  26. sara says:

    Great idea, this is so cute! Love it! 🙂

  27. Anna says:

    Great! So simple but very creative. At times we tend to like the complex themed recipes not realizing that the simple ones can turn out great too! I love this milkshake! Bravo to you!

  28. These are so cute! And simple, too.

  29. Mikaela says:

    Simple, yet so fun! I may have to try these this month. My son would love it. Thanks for all the great ideas and WONDERFUL recipes! 🙂

  30. Heather Bell says:

    You just won me the mom of the year award.=) My kids are very happy with these.

  31. Oh wow these are cute and simple! yum!

  32. Debbie says:

    Love the look of this!!! Looks so delicious and irresistable…perfect for Halloween.

  33. Gorgeous, Mel. I want to dive into one right now!

  34. Katy says:

    How cute! I might try them with orange and pineapple sherbet for the orange and yellow layers. Thanks for the great idea!

  35. Liz K. says:

    I just love your ideas this week. I would have to say my favorite thing about Halloween is the fun and creative food. I can’t wait for our Halloween dinner!

  36. Megan says:

    My son has a Birthday this month and I can’t wait to try some of these spooky ideas out at his party! Thanks for the fun ideas!!!

  37. Kim in MD says:

    I would never send a memo to your boys saying that you are not a genius because you are a genius, Mel! These ice cream cups are adorable, and yet again so simple and easy. October is a fun month in your house! 🙂

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