Make Your Hard Butterball Candies into Soft Chewies—The Faster to Eat Them, My Dears

October 31, 2018

Butterball hard candies are a halloween staple. Their popcorn-like fake buttery goodness is so addicting, we’ve almost broken teeth biting them in vain (and dumb) attempts to sate our desire for more of that flavor in a single go. The hard candy melting process is not for the impatient like us. So we decided to make them into soft chewies that we can eat faster, and thus consume more of, in the same time frame.

Don’t store these in the fridge, and they should last up to 4 days if you follow all instructions below.

While this recipe may seem simple enough with only 4 ingredients, we labelled it as difficult because timing is everything. Cook the ingredients too long and the candy will end up too hard to chew—defeating the purpose of this whole exercise (unless you just wanted to add more butter to your candy, which works too). You also have to stretch the candy while it’s still pretty hot and thus soft, so do wear gloves. Not all hands are made to withstand this heat too. Sealing the candies in an airtight container is key to keeping them chewy, and individually wrapping them should help too.

Butterball Chewies

  • Serves: 6-8 people
  • Active time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Hard



  • 2 cups butterball candies
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup


  1. Crush the butterball candies into a rough powder.
  2. Mix the cornstarch and crushed candy in a medium pot.
  3. Add the butter and corn syrup and whisk to combine.
  4. Set the pot over medium heat.
  5. Heat mixture to 250F.
  6. Remove mixture from heat and pour onto a baking tray.
  7. Let cool until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
  8. Take the mixture in your hands and stretch for 10-15 minutes, pulling until the candy turns opaque.
  9. Roll the candy into a log and cut one inch pieces.
  10. Wrap each piece in parchment paper and twist to seal.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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