Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse

I’m not sure if there is any candy more closely related to fall and Halloween than candy corn!  The distinct shape, instantly recognizable color pattern and pure sugary goodness make these little sweets a Halloween staple.  Inspired by these traditional candies, I created this Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse, perfect for a special dessert or Halloween party.

Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse

This recipe yields a sweet and fluffy, light cream cheese flavored dessert.

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk or cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 small container (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed

orange and yellow food color

candy corn (for garnish)

Directions ~

Beat cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer until fully smooth.  Slowly add powdered sugar, then milk (or cream).  Add vanilla.  Continue mixing.  Beat about 1 minute on medium to medium-high speed.  Fold cool whip into cream cheese mixture, and stir until fully combined.

Scoop about 1/3 of the Cheesecake Mousse into a bowl, and color orange.  Color another third of the mixture yellow.  Leave the remaining third white.  One color at a time (starting with yellow), scoop mixture into a piping bag or large ziplock bag, and squeeze a layer of the Cheesecake Mousse into small dessert dishes of your choice.  Repeat with orange and then white Mousse.

Refrigerate 30 minutes (or up to 1 day) before serving.  Garnish with candy corn if desired.

Recipe yields 4 moderate servings or 6-8 mini servings.

Recipe Source:  Glorious Treats

Sugar Free Option:  In the past, I have adjusted this recipe to be sugar free, with good results.  Simply substitute 1/3 cup Splenda for the powdered sugar, and replace regular cool whip with sugar free cool whip.  Omit candy corn garnish.

Recipe options:  This general concept could be created using vanilla pudding or white chocolate mousse (from a mix or from scratch).

{Small wooden spoons from Garnish}

  A few friends and I went a little candy corn crazy, check out these other fun candy corn treats…

Candy Corn Merigues from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Candy Corn Bugle Snack Mix from Cookies and Cups

Slice and Bake Candy Corn Cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle


  1. These look AND sound FABULOUS!! And such pretty colors. Perfect :)

  2. These would be perfect for an adult fall/Halloween party!

  3. Glory these are so pretty!
    Love that they're cheesecake mousse..YUM!

  4. Where do you purchase cups like that?

  5. @Bubbie's Mom- The glases I used are small (5 oz) juice glasses I found at my local grocery store. I've seen mini dessert glasses similar at Pier 1 and World Market.

  6. Love these is such a great idea!

  7. It's so beautiful and delicate…makes me think I wouldn't feel one bit of guilt eating them. :)

  8. Stupid question, but what is Candy Corn?! (I live in London).

  9. Wow these look great! My kids would love them :)

  10. This is such a fun idea! They're so cute :)

  11. And wrapping up my candy corn postings over at Edible Crafts is this yumminess. :)

  12. This is GORGEOUS Glory-bee! PS…I always get the best captshas here. beryperm. I LOLED!

  13. Could you do this with Whipped cream instead of Cool Whip? I try to stay away from Cool Whip.

  14. @Laura E.- Yes, I bet you could do it with whipped cream. To be fair I'm not a bit fan of cool whip either, but it is nice and staple and holds up for several hours (longer than real whippped cream). You may need to add a bit more sugar, since the cool whip has lots.

  15. So so so adorable!! The photographs are beautiful as well

  16. Oh now that is seriously cute and soooo creative! :) Sharing it on Facebook! LOVE it!

  17. Anything that resembles candy corn, I'm all in! Looks delicious.

  18. they look glorious indeed! Shared your recipe!

  19. So cute and looks totally yummy!

  20. Once again … way too cute. Right down to the orange polka-dot ribbon.


  21. Super cute! I love these, I just wish I like cheesecake! Thanks for the links! I think I may make some of Sugarbelle's candy corn cookies. YUM! Love you!

  22. Precioso!!!
    además de vistoso y alegre.

  23. Oh my gosh I totally love this. I have an obsession with candy corn. I stumbled it too!

  24. Super! Where did you find the cute little spoons?

  25. So cute! Where did you get those clever little spoons?

  26. Awesome……I have a few grandchildren who are going to love these.

  27. Have to ry it-Love it!

  28. I just wanted to say thanks for dropping my blog and leaving me a comment – now I have a new favorite blog to read! So nice to "meet" you, haha…and what a fabulous fall treat!

  29. What a wonderful idea for a Halloween party!

  30. Just darling – who wouldn't love this?

  31. this is cso cute!!!

    i think ima have 2 hit the dollar tree 2 buy some of there glasses this would be perfect 4 my 3yos class.


  32. Oh my! I was looking for something delicious to make, but this is oer the top!

  33. Beautiful. I want that mousse badly.

  34. I HAVE to make these(YUM!) and present them just the way you have~darling!

  35. Yummy and super adorable! Pinned it!
    Jenn :)

  36. yum! Thanks for sharing! Just pinned it, it looks so fab!

  37. I came across your blog on Tidy Mom and I love your post! So cute and perfect for fall! I just pinned this!

    I would love it if you would drop by Jane Deere and link up to Fusion Fridays with your favorite or most recent recipes, handmade crafts, diy
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  38. I absolutely love this! Pinned it for later! Thanks.

  39. I'm a candy corn nut so I must make this!!

  40. I'm planning a Candy Corn Post for October, would you mind if I used one picture and linked back to your page? I would love to include this great idea. Thanks!

    anisfavoritethings at gmail dot com

  41. Love these Glory!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured them in my wrap up

  42. My daughter just sent me your site. I collect "old" holiday items and love to entertain. These are fabulous! You have a fan for life!

  43. Love! I'd love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Link Party!

  44. adorable. I'm going to make the sugar free recipe.

  45. This is a winner recipe for me on so many levels! We're only 2 at home now, so it isn't a huge dessert. It can be made sugar-free for my diabetic Hubs, and it lets us celebrate Halloween in a fun and colorful way. Since we live in a retirement community, there are no children to trick or treat, so we miss it completely. Thank you for bringing a little fun to an elderly couple. Hugs!
    (And Happy Halloween!)

  46. These Look Amazing!!=}

  47. Thank you for sharing that,It looks so pretty and so easy to make..

  48. Love this — and I would imagine they taste as good as they look!

  49. I am definitely making these soon (like tomorrow) these are so cute! Xoxoxo

  50. I tried this recipe and it was fabulous!! I posted a photo of the finished product. It looked so yummy I didn't want to eat it. Oh, but we sure did anyway!! :)

  51. Featuring your awesome idea on my blog today! Feel free to check it out!

    Thanks for such a great idea!

  52. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe has been featured on "Feature Friday" at LADY BEHIND THE CURTAIN! Please go and grab your Feature Friday Button! —Sheryl—

  53. Thank you for the recipe ! made these for our thankgiving dinner last night & they were DELICIOUS !

  54. I am a new GFC fan and LOVING what you are cooking up. This looks delicious and I am going to share this with my readers. Sooo yummy! My 2 Cents

  55. I found this while browsing. What a darling idea! I am going to use this.

  56. I am going to use this and make it with my grandkids!!! How cute and festive!! Thanks

  57. So fun and festive! Plus, you can never go wrong with cheesecake. :)

  58. Would it be possible to use real whipped cream, instead of cool whip? Never used Cool whip before…so not sure if a straight substitution is possible.

  59. These look soooo yummy! The perfect Halloween Treat! Just thought I would let you know I featured them on my blog today:)

  60. I just Liked your recipe on Yummly – good luck

  61. Wow! Those are INCREDIBLE! I cannot wait to make some tomorrow. We have company coming over for dinner and TOT. These will be a hit! Thank you so much for sharing your talents! I would be delighted to have you stop by and link this up to my VIP party this weekend! Have a safe and happy halloween!

  62. I made these for my in-laws and they were beyond impressed with not only the presentation, but also the yummy delishness. Thank you.

  63. this recipe should have been FIRST place, not second. They look great! thanks for sharing

  64. ummmm so delicious drink I want to test some of this drinks just with see it I want to enjoy it

  65. Thank you! I just taste tested this tonight to use for my son's Easter party. I went with blue, pink, and white with pearlescent sugar sprinkle thingies on top in a 5oz tasting cup and have little colored spoons too (party city for both). I filled it just over half way and it is just right for that age. FYI…I found this via pinterest.

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  67. Have you thought of maybe flavoring these with butterscotch or something like that? Could be YUMMY!

    • I think this would work well with most any flavoring! You could use some extract… coconut, orange, lemon, or add some fruit preserves. Or for butterscotch, I might melt some butterscotch chips and blend that in. Feel free to experiment!

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  70. I love these little treats! They are so cute. I can’t wait to try them this fall! I put them as part of a fall roundup on my blog. Thanks for sharing these cute little treats.

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  73. So cute! Where did you find the small glasses?

    • Carol, The glasses are 5oz juice glasses I bought from my local grocery store. I might suggest Pier1 or Bed Bath and Beyond for similra options.

  74. I just wanted you to know that I featured this post Nov. 2.

    ~we may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

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  76. Look amazing- bet they taste like that!!!!

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  80. they are really good

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  92. These look great! Do you know how much this recipe will yield?

  93. I made these for my candy corn themed luncheon/ table, and they are easy, adorable, and delicious! Three wins! Thank you!

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  95. These look so amazing if I could I would reach through the screen and take one! I shared these on my FB page 😉

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  107. Good morning, Glory! I’m stopping by to let you know that I featured your fabulous dessert on my blog today in celebration of National Candy Corn Day! … Thanks for sharing this sweet recipe! Have a terrific day!!

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  113. I just made this and it’s AMAZING! My boyfriend doesn’t like Cool Whip, at all, he hates the stuff; he tried it and couldn’t put it down. He kept telling me how good it was! When my daughter wakes up in the morning, she can give it a try, too. Thanks for showing me how to make a gourmet-looking treat without much hassle :p

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  117. I have all the ingredients except Cool Whip/ Whipped cream. Is it possible to make this without that, or is there another substitute I could use?

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  124. We don’t eat Candy Corn in here in NZ, but I’m looking forward to trying it. Is it very decedent?

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  127. i’ll 2 make this looks good for the taste buds. and looks great.

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