Halloween Candy Apples
photo by Jonathan Melendez
- Ready In:
- 1hr 34mins
- Wash, dry and polish apples.
- Remove stem.
- Insert wooden stick in stem end.
- Remove blossoms.
- Set aside.
- Put sugar, syrup and water into saucepan.
- Heat and stir to dissolve.
- Boil without stirring until it reaches 300 degrees on candy thermometer.
- A bit of syrup dropped into cold water will separate into brittle threads.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in cinnamon and food coloring.
- Dip apple to cover.
- Hold above saucepan to drain.
- Place on greased pan or tray stick side up.
- Quickly dip remaining apples.
- Return syrup to heat long enough to liquefy if it firms too much.
- Let stand at least 1 hour before serving.
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These were easy to make. It takes longer for the temperature to reach 300 because you have to wait for the water to boil off. So, don't worry that it isn't going as fast as you think. Also, use a small pot so the liquid is deeper. I also did what another reviewer suggested and sprinkled a cookie sheet with sugar to set the apples on. I also took the left over candy and poured it into little tart pans and made candy discs. I will make this recipe again. Thanks for sharing.
I have a very similar recipe that I've been making for years. However, it just didn't taste like I remembered them. After trying your recipe today, I knew I had found the *Secret* ingredient. It has to be that tiny bit of cinnamon. What an amazing difference it makes. Thanks Chef Dee, for setting me straight.
I would like to emphasize that letting the liquid boil until it reaches 300 degrees is a CRUCIAL step to make this EASY Candy Apples! At the beginning, I brought the liquid to a rapid boil, added cinnamon and food coloring, then started dipping the apples. The candy coating didn't stay at all. I coated the apples twice. The result was still disappointing. I knew that I must be doing something wrong, then I went through the recipe again and noticed that I was supposed to let the liquid boil for a little longer. So I brought my saucepan back to high heat and watched the water boiling away. When I dipped the apples in this time, the coating stayed perfectly. It did firm up really quickly though. I would recommend working fast. Over all, this is a good recipe for Halloween!
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