Old-Fashioned Red Candied Apples

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

These are the kind you found at the circus or carnival! Not the newer version covered with cramel. ;) Candy thermometer is needed for this, as well as popsicle sticks. The number of apples needed depends on the size of the apples, probably 4 medium ones. The recipe states that each batch candies approximately 1 dozen medium apples. I'm not sure I trust that. Cook time depends on your altitude where you live, heat of your burner, and pot used. NOTE: See review by Canada Goose for helpful hints! Thanks, CG!


  1. Mix 1st 3 ingredients in saucepan.
  2. Put on high heat with candy thermometer positioned in center of fluid level.
  3. While it is boiling, thoroughly wash and dry your apples, and spear with the sticks.
  4. Boil mixture until reaches hard crack (300ºF), then immediately add red food coloring and stir.
  5. Quickly immediately dip the apples, twisting to cover, and set on a greased cookie sheet.
Most Helpful

I'm so grateful that someone appreciates the old like I do. I think you are the only one with this recipe and it's perfect! Thanks again. Making these was so much fun for my fiance and I, messy too! ;)

Sweets Princess September 20, 2008

I made this today as an autumn treat. The kids (all under 9) really loved them and so did I. This will cover at least 12 medium apples. I suggest you do a thin coat and not double dip which I did because we had not prepared enough apples; the kids actually prefer a thin layer because it's easier to bite into and they get sick of too much sugar! It would be good to have a small pan with high sides so that you can really dip the apples in to cover. I will make these for Halloween for the neighbours but instead drizzle them with black then with orange tinted candy instead of dipping them in red. Thanks for the recipe!

Canada Goose October 19, 2010

Omg. So good!!! Thanks to you, I can now easily make candy apples just like at rural fall fests, but on a stovetop in the middle of the Bronx! Next time I'm putting coconut flakes on the batch. And no HFCS and icky stuff involved here either like with storebought, which makes it all the better...

the80srule October 14, 2009

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