- Submitted by Dahlia
(Candied Apple Recipe)
Candy apples are a pretty sight in the western countries during fall season and Halloween. It is also commonly seen in fairs and carnivals. Kids get easily tempted by their pretty looking sight. They are also known as toffee apples. Other common treats seen are caramel apples loaded with nuts and chocolate apples.
My daughter was very interested in making her own candy apples. So we just made it. If you want to take a shortcut, just melt some store bought candies like red cinnamon candy, dip the apples and the treats will be ready in no time. Here I have given the full recipe to make from scratch.
You can also make candy apples with any other color candies, though red is the traditional color used. In fact in the recipe below, just change the food color and add some different flavors to make colorful apples. So here is the recipe.
Recipe for Candy Apple
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
- Granny Smith Apples - 4
- Sugar - 1 cup
- Corn Syrup - 1/4 cup
- Water - 1/3 cup
- Red food color - 1/2 tsp
- Wash the apples and pat dry. Insert a lollipop stick or popsicle stick or wooden skewer or chopsticks in the center of each apple. Keep this ready. Granny Smith (Green) Apples are considered ideal for this because it has a tart flavor which goes well with the sweetness of the candy but you can make it with other apples too.
- Keep a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper ready. This is for cooling the apples.
- Combine the sugar, water, corn syrup and red food color in a sauce pan. It is advisable to use a deep saucepan than a wider one so that it is easier to coat the apples.
- Bring to a boil and cook for almost 20 minutes on medium flame. Switch off. If you have a candy thermometer, it should show 300 degree F.
- Take one apple at a time and carefully dip into the candy mixture swirling around to coat all sides. Just tip the sauce pan to one side to help coat the apples easily.
- Lift it and hold it for few seconds so that the excess candy mixture drips off. Otherwise it will pool up when you put it on the parchment paper.
- Place the candy coated apples on the cookie sheet, to let the candy cool and harden. Once it hardens, it is ready to eat. Enjoy!
Serving Candy Apples
- Enjoy these toffee apples as a snack during holidays or festivals. These are popular treats enjoyed by children.
- After making the candy apples, the leftover sugar syrup in the sauce pan hardens up making it difficult to wash it. Just add some water and boil in the pan. The hardened sugar melts with it. Another option is to soak the pan in water overnight until the hardened sugar dissolves.
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