Candy apples are a Halloween staple. They are super inexpensive, fairly easy, and always look sooooo shiny and cool.
I did black this year for Halloween as a Poison Apple – which would work well for a snow white theme as well. You can make your candy apples any color you like! Just add your favorite color food gel.
Boiling sugar can be a little terrifying so you want to take all the precautions when making these. Investing in a good candy thermometer will make your life a whole lot easier too!
I got 12 smallish apples from one recipe with a little candy leftover. If your apples are larger I’d say you should get about 9.
Tip – pour leftover candy onto a cookie tray lined with parchment paper sprayed with a little cooking spray. You can then break it up and eat it. I used my extra red candy as “broken bloody glass” to decorate some Halloween cupcakes.
12 small apples
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup clear corn syrup
1 cup water
1 tsp food coloring
Wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Push skewers or sticks carefully into each apple.
In a large pot: mix the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat to 300 degrees.
Have a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and lightly sprayed with cooking spray ready for the apples to sit on. I sprinkled a few black sprinkles on top but this is extra and you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to.
Once sugar mixture reaches 300, remove from heat and stir in food coloring.
Dip each apple into the candy and swirl to coat. Let the apple drip over the pot while gently shaking for about 30 seconds. Set apple on the prepared cookie tray. Repeat with remaining apples.
You need to work fairly quickly as the candy sets fast.
Chill to set.
I used a coffin shaped box lined with parchment paper for serving at Halloween.
The sprinkles add a little crunch too the bottom of the apples. Again, not necessary just a fun addition.
Depending on the type of food coloring you are using, you may need to add more than 1 tsp. The black gel I used 1 tsp and my apples were very black. I needed to add a bit more when I made the red ones. I think about 1 1/2 tsp of red gel.
Candy apples only take about half an hour to whip up, you just need to be careful around the boiling sugar! FYI – the easiest way to eat them is to cut them into wedges.