Let’s have a little more Halloween fun, shall we? Last night I got to thinking…I have no “fun food” to post on the blog! How in the world did I let the weekend go by without making something fun, and spooky? I have no idea! So, with the most of the kids home, dinner half cooked, and Mike picking up Michael (2 Mikes – very confusing!) from soccer practice, I decided it was time to make a fun food. Yep, right in the middle of all of that chaos! I’m really not a fast learner. I’ve made plenty of fun foods in front of my kids. I know they stalk them. I know my pictures will be rushed, and I’ll be saying “just one more!” to really disappointed faces. To add to the disappointment, this time, they had to eat their dinner first, and it wasn’t even ready!  It’s a good thing, they love me, and my crazy spontaneous chaos! And, it’s a very good thing that these Spooky Halloween Candy Apples were goooo-ooood! Totally worth the wait! 

Halloween Candy Apples! So stinking easy to make, and I bet you have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now! - KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

I pulled this idea out of an old Country Living Magazine. I have a giant binder with ideas that, when I remember to look through it, give me inspiration. Sometimes I see something, and it triggers an entirely different idea, and sometimes I just do what the picture tells me. This is one of those instances. I have been wanting to try this recipe out, and see how I was at candy apple making. Guys, I have a little secret to share, it’s not that hard! All you need is a candy thermometer, a little patience, and a very watchful eye! 

 

You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups of granulated sugar – such as Domino sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of light corn syrup
  • Apples! 
  • Twigs from your yard 
  • red and black food coloring

You probably have all of that stuff in your kitchen, right now! Easy, Peasy!

Halloween Candy Apples! So stinking easy to make, and I bet you have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now! - KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

 

  • Have your apples ready – washed and twigs pushed in the middle
  • You’ll want to mix the first three ingredients together in a medium to large saucepan
  • Have your candy thermometer set in place
  • Get your heat up…all the way up, and let it boil, stirring every once in a while
  • Watch the thermometer. It takes a while (probably 10-15 minutes) to start getting really hot, but Once it hits about 250 it goes fast! 
  • As soon as it is at 300 degrees, remove the candy from the heat source
  • Add 1/2 tsp. of vanilla, and stir in
  • Add some red food coloring – enough to make it a deep red – just keep stirring until you love it!
  • Get your parchment paper ready, and dip, and roll the apples into the red candy
  • Place them on the paper to cool
  • For your black apples – only once you’ve got enough red apples – add black food coloring to the red, and keep going until you love the color!
  • Dip more apples into the black candy, roll, and place on paper to cool
  • You’re done!

Halloween Candy Apples! So stinking easy to make, and I bet you have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now! - KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

  • *Let the apples cool for about 10 minutes, and enjoy! The ones I dipped a few times were a little too thick to bite into, so I sliced those up for the kids. That is something I learned for next time, only dip once for a thin easy bite shell. 

Here’s some equipment you might need or even want for this recipe:

 

Here’s your handy dandy printable:

 

Candy Apples
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups of granulated sugar
  2. 1 cup of water
  3. 1/2 cup of corn syrup
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. red food coloring
  6. black food coloring
  7. twigs
  8. apples
  9. parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Have your apples ready - washed, stems removed, and twigs pushed into the middle
  2. You'll want to mix the first three ingredients together in a medium to large saucepan
  3. Have your candy thermometer set in place
  4. Get your heat up...all the way up, and let it boil, stirring every once in a while
  5. Watch the thermometer. It takes a while (probably 10-15 minutes) to start getting really hot, but Once it hits about 250 it goes fast!
  6. As soon as it is at 300 degrees, remove the candy from the heat source
  7. Add 1/2 tsp. of vanilla, and stir in
  8. Add some red food coloring - enough to make it a deep red - just keep stirring until you love it!
  9. Get your parchment paper ready, and dip, and roll the apples into the red candy
  10. Place them on the paper to cool
  11. For your black apples - only once you've got enough red apples - add black food coloring to the red, and keep going until you love the color!
  12. Dip more apples into the black candy, roll, and place on paper to cool
  13. You're done!
Adapted from Country Living
Adapted from Country Living
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