Candy apples, in my book, are almost synonymous with Halloween and fall in general. I remember begging my mom to buy the 3 pack of them at the grocery store every year around this time. Little did I realize how easy they were to make yourself, well maybe not as a kid as the syrup gets really hot, but as a grown up... heck yes! Not only do they have the benefit of nostalgia, but these candy apples, skewered with a twig act as decor themselves, evoking memories of Snow White's poison apple. Give these a try at your next Halloween affair!
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- red food coloring
- 6-8 Macintosh apples
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease with butter.
- To prep the apples, remove the stems, wash, and dry them. Insert either a Popsicle stick or small twig (that has been washed thoroughly) into the top and press down until it is secure.
- Combine corn syrup, sugar, water, and food coloring in a medium saucepan.
- Heat on medium-high until mixture boils. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until a candy thermometer reads 301° Fahrenheit, which is approximately the hard crack stage. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can test by dripping some of the syrup into cold water and it should immediately harden.
- Remove the syrup from the heat and quickly dip your apples in the syrup, coating the sides. Set the dipped apples on the lined baking sheet and let cool.