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These have the old-fashioned red coating I used to get when I was a child. They don't have the cinnamon flavor, but a delightful candied flavor that hints of clove and apple.
- Butter a cookie sheet and set aside.
- Wash and dry apples and bring to room temp.
- Insert a popcicle stick into the stem end of each apple.
- In a heavy saucepan, mix together sugar, water, corn syrup, and food coloring; bring to a boil over high heat.
- Cook gently without stirring until mixture reaches 290F on a candy thermometer.
- Stir in clove oil.
- Quickly dip apples into mixture, spinning around to ensure full coverage.
- Set on cookie sheet to cool.
- Pour leftover coating onto buttered baking sheet to harden into candy and break into brittle when cool; if you have lollipop sticks, pour into circles over these.
Totally official tasting, and that's without the clove oil, which I didn't have. Just the sugar, water and corn syrup do the job and such a great red color. Thanks Sue.
What a fun recipe to make! I didn't use the clove oil. We poured the leftovers onto a baking sheet as suggested, but before it totally cooled and hardened we experimented with pulling and stretching it into interesting shapes (this was even more fun than swirling the apples).