Candy Apple Recipe
Candy apples are a great treat for Halloween and various other fall festivals and activities. They’re also really easy to make and when apples are in season, they’re inexpensive to make. Here’s a step by step guide on how to make your own candy apples at home, including the recipe for the candy mixture.
Candy Apple Recipe – Tools and Ingredients
For this particular candy apple recipe, you will need a few ingredients. This recipe yields eight medium sized candy apples. You will also need eight wooden sticks, three cups of white sugar, one cup of water, half a cup of light corn syrup, one fourth a teaspoon of cinnamon and one fourth a teaspoon of red food coloring (or any other color you desire.)
You will also need a large sauce pan, wax paper, a cookie sheet and a candy thermometer (which can be purchased for relatively cheap at your local home goods store or major retailer.)
How to Make Candy Apples: Homemade Candy Apple Recipes
First, wash your apples thoroughly and remove any dirt, stems and leaves on the apples. Dry your apples and insert a wooden stick into each apple. Set your apples aside and move on to the next steps.
Moving to your stove, you will need to heat the sugar, water and corn syrup in a large saucepan until the sugar has fully dissolved and you have a nice, smooth mixture. Stir throughout the entire process or you can burn the sugar, in which case you will need to start over.
You will need to heat your candy syrup mixture up to three hundred degrees Fahrenheit as shown on your candy thermometer. Once you have reached three hundred degrees, remove your saucepan from the heat and stir in your cinnamon and food coloring.
Lastly, you can dip each apple into the candy mixture. Coat the apple thoroughly. Hold each apple above the saucepan and allow the excess syrup to drip off before placing the apple onto the wax paper or cookie sheet. If at any point your candy mixture thickens and becomes unworkable, reheat the mixture and continue with the process. Repeat the coating process until each apple is fully coated in the candy mixture.
If desired, you can spice up your candy apples with a few different items. During the process, after each apple is freshly coated (do not wait for it to cool,) roll the apple in your choice of toppings: chopped nuts, crushed M&M candies, sprinkles or even shredded coconut, or any other topping of your choice for a unique candy apple recipe.