We’ll show you how to make candy apples. It’s not difficult. It’s actually ridiculously simple. Promise!
Candy apples are a delicious combination of sweetness, tartness, and crunch. They’re just plain freaking entertaining.
It turns out that they’re also simple to make. Don’t be alarmed by the candy-making process. Basically, you’ll combine a few ingredients and cook them over high heat on the stove until they reach the desired temperature.
Keep an eye on each other, but don’t move. After that, dip your best apples in and let them dry. Done! (If you’re still interested in candy-making, the next step is to learn how to make Classic Popcorn Balls!)
For your convenience, I’ve included a small bonus below. Pour demerara sugar onto a baking sheet to make your apple bottoms extra special. Place the wet candy-coated apples inside. It gives the bottoms of the apples a cool glistening appearance. You can also add some pumpkin spice to the sugar to give it a Fall flavor.
Candy Apples Recipe
Ingredients of Candy Apples Recipe
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 tsp. red gel food coloring
- baking spray
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon extract (optional)
- 1/4 cup demerara sugar (optional)
- 1 tsp. pumpkin spice (optional)
- 6 medium apples
Special Equipment of Candy Apples Recipe
- parchment paper
- candy thermometer
- 6 candy apple sticks
Instructions of Candy Apples Recipe
- In a heavy-bottomed saucepan mix together sugar, water, corn syrup, food coloring and extract (if using). The mixture will be bright red.
- Set up your candy thermometer so that the tip is in the mixture and is not touching the bottom of the pot. Put it over high heat and bring it to a boil. Leave it bubbling on high until it gets to be between 300ºF and 310ºF. It will take around 20 minutes but keep your eye on it. It gets really fast at the end.
- While the sugar mixture is coming to temperature, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with baking spray. Wash and dry your apples. Stick the sticks down into the tops of the apples. You want to get a good ways in. If your sticks are long, go all the way but not through the other end. If they’re shorter, getting halfway into the apple is good enough.
- For sparkly apple bottoms, mix together 1/4 cup demerara sugar and 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (you can leave out the pumpkin spice if you want. What’s crucial is the sugar). Sprinkle the sugar mixture onto your prepared pan.
- When your candy mixture is at 310ºF, take it of the heat. Tilt your pot to the side and hold the apples by the stick to roll them one at a time in the mixture. Be careful because that sugar syrup is very hot. After rolling the apple around, hold it up over the saucepan and shake it gently to let some excess syrup drip off. Put the apples on your prepared pan to harden. They’ll be hard and ready to eat within 10 minutes.
Today, apples are known not only for their taste and their health benefits, but they are also known for their original color. The vivid beauty of red apples, which closely resembles the red raisin’s skin and is also grown as a sweetener, has led to them being called ‘ nature’s red-made drug’ and consumed by people for their medicinal properties.
It is said that the apple cider vinegar and vitamin C in apples are a superior combination for treating many maladies.
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The apple is a large and sweet fruit with a distinctive juicy and sour taste. Like all other fruit, apples are rich in antioxidants and is a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C.