Delicious Candy Apples
As a kid, I loved candy apples. As an adult, I never really thought about them, until I was going through my grandmothers recipes. I found this recipe and it looked really easy, so I decided to make some. Wow! They turned out beautifully colored and perfectly crunchy. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family did!
- 12 Small Red or green apples, Your preference
- 12 Lollipop Stick or popsicle sticks, Lollipop sticks can usually be found in the baking section
- 3 Cups White Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Light Karo Syrup, (Corn Syrup)
- 1 Cup Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon Food Coloring, Red is classic, but you can choose any color you like and modify the amount for darker colors
When making candy apples, it's all about your apple preference. I love Red apples. My husband likes Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. My kids enjoy both. When I make candy apples, I use both red and green apples.
Most people prefer to use red apples with red food coloring so they get that deep "candy apple red" color. You can use whatever you prefer, including different food coloring. It doesn't have to be red. Red is classic, but I've seen blue, yellow, green, etc..
If you're feeling festive, you can choose your colors based on an upcoming holiday. Orange for Halloween, Yellow for Thanksgiving or fall, or Green and red for Christmas.
- Wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Insert the lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks so that they are firmly positioned in the apples. Set the apples aside on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and coated with cooking spray.
- Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and cook the mixture until it reaches the "hard crack stage." Do Not stir the mixture. I learned this the hard way. I couldn't figure out why my candy was not getting to the proper crack stage. This is because I kept stirring it and just messing with it. I finally just let it simmer and it quickly got to that point.
- If you prefer a candy thermometer, it should read 300 degrees. If you're like me and choose not to use a thermometer, then when you notice the candy getting thicker and gooey, place a drop of it in cold water, if it gets hard and is able to be broken(cracked) then you're ready.
- Remove the candy mixture from the heat and carefully stir in the food coloring. Mix carefully, but work quickly.
- When you're ready, carefully dip and roll your apples in the candy(It helps to tilt your pot to the side a bit.) Swirl the apples and allow any excess to drip back into the pot.
- You can place your apples on wax paper or you can use cupcake papers. I prefer cupcake papers. Allow to cool and harden completely. Enjoy!!!!
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