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Candy-Corn Dots

In the spirit of Dr. Frankenstein, we created a hybrid that combines two classics: candy corn and the old-fashioned dots you used to get at the dime store -- perfect for party favors or classroom treats.

Photography: Kate Mathis




  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar, plus more if needed
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder (
  • 1/2 cup water, plus more if needed
  • Yellow and red food coloring

Cook's Note

One box of confectioners' sugar yields enough white, yellow, and orange royal icing to make 10 strips of 60 dots.


  1. Step 1

    Tape template to a baking sheet. Cut two 10-by-13-inch strips of freezer paper, and tape, shiny side down, to template.

  2. Step 2

    Beat together sugar, meringue powder, and water with a mixer. Test it with a toothpick on a piece of freezer paper: Icing should form a domed dot that doesn't spread. If it forms a peak, it's too thick, so add a little more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time. If it doesn't hold the dot shape, add a little more sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time.

  3. Step 3

    Divide icing equally among 3 bowls. Mix 6 drops yellow food coloring into 1 bowl. Mix red and yellow to create orange in 2nd bowl. Leave icing white in 3rd bowl.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer to 3 resealable plastic bags. Squeeze into corner, close off top tightly with rubber bands, and cut a small opening in a corner of each bag to create a piping bag.

  5. Step 5

    Pipe dots onto templates, alternating colors, in any pattern desired.

  6. Step 6

    Let stand, uncovered, until dots are firm and dry enough to be pulled off papers, about 2 days.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2012



Reviews (2)

  • benandsophiesmom1 14 May, 2013

    golanaraven, I'm sure you could easily make your own template. Just use some graph paper and make evenly spaced out dots, or pull out a ruler and measure the evenly spaced dots out. You don't even need to make strips. You could spell out your granddaughters name or do her initials. I like your red, white and blue idea. I'm going to try that this summer.

  • golanaraven 20 Apr, 2013

    I would love to make these candy dots for my grand daughter but the promised template is not where the magazine article sent me on line.

    I thought it would be fun changing colors for different events (red, white and blue for the 4th of July; pastels for Easter; red and green for Christmas etc) but without the template I would just make a mess out of it.

    Too bad. It was a good idea.