Since it’s finally candy corn season again, I figured it was once again time to make a celebratory Halloween sandwich. Last year it was a candy corn dog sandwich and this year we’re utilizing that corn in a different way.
I’m making a corn salad sandwich!
Elotes is a classic Mexican grilled corn dish flavored with a creamy, flavorful sauce made primarily from mayonnaise and cotija cheese. Elotes is sometimes known as street corn or Mexican street corn and when you cut the corn kernels off the cob, it takes on the name of esquites or Mexican corn salad. So, technically, this is a candy esquites sandwich, but you can call it whatever you want.
FYI: here is my favorite Esquites recipe.
I decided that a mayonnaise-based sauce and candy corn might be too much for all of you readers to handle, so instead, I based this corn salad on a supposedly popular Upper Midwest dessert salad called Snickers salad. I’m not sure who in their right mind came up with this first, but it’s definitely a real thing. I just kicked the snickers to the curb and added candy corn instead, because that makes total sense.
My friend Dennis made legit candy corn elotes a few years back and it’s really scary. Good luck to you if you and your family tree if you try that one.
During the process of making this fantastic sandwich, I did learn that the blending of candy corn and peanuts is a thing. There are plenty of sites out there with recipes for how to make this, but I’ll just come right out and spoil it and tell you just to combine the two things in a bowl. That’s the whole recipe. The combination of the two is similar to a salted nut roll or another caramel and nut-based candy. Not a bad combo, actually.
Anyway, feel free to scroll through and look at some slightly terrifying photos of how this was made. Also an important piece of trivia: this is the first sandwich I’ve made for this blog where I did not make the bread used in the sandwich. I bought these croissants from the grocery store, but I have made croissants before and wrote about them in a more serious blog post about chicken salad for the haters.
Salad ingredient heavy hitters
Here are some of the movers and shakers of this street corn salad sandwich. Also: it was the first day of this blog post when I learned that a grocery store stocks Cool Whip in the frozen section. smdh
The first three ingredients are milk, instant vanilla pudding mix, and Cool Whip. I didn’t take any pictures of these three ingredients because they looked like a pile of snow. Just imagine snow and you’ll get the picture in your brain.
Slice up the apple into small pieces and just toss it on in. This is the only chance for tart flavors to integrate into our salad, so go heavy on the apple if you want.
The most important addition is candy corn. It doesn’t hurt or help this salad at all, it’s just another texture that you might notice if you made this and ate some. I bet you won’t.
I got the flavored marshmallows and they all still taste about the same as the regular versions. Terrible, just terrible.
Nuts. Yeah, you’re nuts for making candy corn salad.
Here’s my street corn salad recipe.
1 (3.4 oz) package of instant vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip
2 green apples, chopped into small pieces
1 cup of candy corn
1 cup marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
A pinch of cayenne pepper powder sprinkled on top for a zing of spice
Add the pudding mix and the cup of milk to a large bowl and stir to combine. Fold in the cool whip and then add all the other ingredients and you’ve got a street corn salad to impress your friends with..
Make sure you add that pinch of cayenne if you’re a big swinger, trying to hit the fence.
Hopefully, you enjoyed reading about this candy corn salad sandwich. Check back on Monday for our regularly scheduled sandwich broadcast!