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. 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!

  28. What a wonderful idea for a Halloween party!

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

  30. 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.


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

  32. Beautiful. I want that mousse badly.

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

  34. Yummy and super adorable! Pinned it!
    Jenn 🙂

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

  36. I absolutely love this! Pinned it for later! Thanks.

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

  38. 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!

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

  40. 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!)

  41. These Look Amazing!!=}

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

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

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

  45. 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

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

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