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Candy Apples

Candy Apples, also known as toffee apples outside of North America, are whole apples covered in a hard toffee or a sugar candy coating, with a stick inserted as a handle. Because Halloween is approaching and I knew that these apples are a common treat at Halloween parties, I’ve decided to give it a try and test this fabulous recipe.

Halloween Candy Apples

I recommend using Granny Smith apples, because they are not very sweet and go well with the sugar coating. The final result should be really glossy, but as you can observe in my photo some areas are matte due to the process of sugar crystallization. You have to work really fast before the sugar cools down. Trying to remelt the sugar didn’t work very well (see the following picture), but the great news is that these apples are still perfect and delicious.
Candy Sugar

4 Granny Smith apples
400g sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons red food coloring
2 ml vanilla extract
100 ml water
4 wooden sticks

How It’s Made?
Step 1: Wash the apples and push a wooden stick in each of them.
Apples on Stick
Step 2: For the glaze, put in a saucepan sugar, water, honey and vanilla. Keep the mixture on low heat until the sugar begins to caramelize, then add red food coloring and let another 2 minutes on the heat. You can make candy apples in all sorts of colors, but red is traditional.
Sugar Syrup

Candy Sugar Syrup
Step 3: The glaze is ready when you put a few drops of it on a plate and they coagulate quickly.
Step 4: Pass each apple through the glaze and place them on a baking paper-covered plate.
Step 5: Allow the glaze to cool down before serving the apples.

2 thoughts on “Candy Apples

    1. It was the first time I’ve tried this recipe and as you can see the result was not perfect but it was good. After this experience I’ve learned that you have to move really fast when working with hot sugar to keep the glossy effect on your apples. Overall, these apples were really great. Thanks for the visit Christy and for the comment, too!

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