How to Make Candy Apples

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Candy Apples are surprisingly easy to make with very few ingredients. All you’ll need is a watchful eye and a little patience to add a little extra fun this Halloween. Come on in and I’ll show you how to make Candy Apples…

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How to Make Candy Apples

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

If you are looking for fun Halloween Recipes, you might like my recipes for Jack-O-Lantern Cheeseburgers, Jack-O-Lantern Sandwiches, and a Graveyard Cookie Dessert for a crowd

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Candy Apples are the perfect way to add a little more fun this Halloween.

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What Temperature do you need to Make Candy Apples?

  • Candy apples need to get to a hard crack stage which is between 300 and 310 degrees

What if the Candy Gets Too Hard While Dipping Apples?

  • If the candy is getting too thick simply warm it over medium heat until it thins out and continues dipping your apples
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Tips and Tricks for Making Candy Apples

  • Make sure the candy is in the hard crack stage on your candy thermometer which should be between 300 and 310 degrees
  • Be patient. Sometimes it takes around a half-hour to get the candy temperature where it needs to be
  • Be very careful while working with hot candy. It is scalding hot and will stick to your skin. Only adults should carefully dip apples over hot candy
  • Wash and dry the apples before dipping them – especially if they have a wax coating. A wax coating may prevent the candy from sticking to the apple
  • If the candy gets to hard to work with then heat the candy over medium heat until it thins out again (it should only take a minute or so)
  • To make candy apples easier to eat, then slice the apples before eating
  • Dipping the apples once will give a thinner coating which makes them a little easier to bite into
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Here’s What You’ll Need to make your apples (printable recipe found below):

  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of light corn syrup
  • Apples – washed and dried (making sure to take off any wax coating)
  • Twigs from your yard 0r popsicle sticks
  • red and/or black food coloring

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Instructions

  • 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 between 300 and 310 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 and adding more until you love the color
  • Get your parchment paper ready, 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 darkened color (it may look like deep purple and that’s ok)
  • *If syrup has thickened too much to add black food coloring then reheat the syrup for a short time until it is thin again
  • Dip more apples into the black candy, roll, and place on paper to cool
  • You’re done
  • *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

How do you make Cinnamon Spice Candy Apples?

  • Replace vanilla extract with cinnamon extract

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Here’s your handy dandy printable:

Candy Apples

Candy Apples

Melissa
Easy to make Candy Apples for a fun fall treat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 -12 medium apples
Calories 375 cal

Equipment

  • twigs or lollipop sticks
  • parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup corn syrup light
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • red food coloring
  • black food coloring
  • 10 apples

Making cinnamon flavored apples

  • replace the vanilla extract with cinnamon extract

Instructions
 

  • Have your apples ready – washed, stems removed, and twigs pushed into 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  250 it goes fast
  • As soon as it gets between 300 and 310 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 adding and stirring until you love i!
  • Get your parchment paper ready, dip, and roll the apples into the red candy
  • Place them on the parchment 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 have a deep purple – almost black color
  • Dip more apples into the black candy, roll, and place on paper to cool

Notes

*To make cinnamon-flavored apples, replace the vanilla extract with the cinnamon extract
nutrition facts are only an estimate 

Nutrition

Calories: 375calCarbohydrates: 98gProtein: 0.5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 4gSugar: 92gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword fall, halloween
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  1. KELLY

    How many apples does 1 recipe make?

    1. Melissa

      So sorry. The recipe should make 12 small to medium sized apples.