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Old Fashioned Toffee Apples become Gourmet Candied Apples

Updated on July 3, 2013

Sweet Childhood Memories of Toffee Apples

When I was small my grandmother made toffee apples for special occasions. She produced these gorgeous, sticky, jaw-breaking confections for birthdays, Christmas, St Patrick's Day and sometimes just for no reason at all.

We didn't particularly care what day it was. We only cared about those yummy apples on sticks coated with gooey red toffee.

These days, the red toffee apple has been replaced with candied apples and often these are dipped in caramel or chocolate with fancy toppings like crushed peanuts, chocolate chips and sprinkles.

Some days I pine for an old-fashioned toffee apple, the same as I had in childhood. So I make some! You can too, in less than half an hour.

Traditional Toffee Apples - Like my Grandmother used to make

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 30

Serves: Makes 8 Apples


  • 8 small Golden Delicious
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food colouring - optional


  1. First, cover a baking tray with a large sheet of greaseproof paper. Wash and dry your apples and insert skewers into each one
  2. Combine the water, sugar and vinegar in a small heavy based pan.
  3. Bring to the boil and add the food colouring
  4. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Test after 20 minutes by dropping a spoonful of toffee into a cup of cold water. The mixture should become hard and will crack when you tap it with the back of a metal spoon.
  5. Remove from heat and dip the apples in one at a time
  6. Place on the greaseproof paper to cool down and harden.
1 star from 1 rating of Traditional Toffee Apples Recipe


The toffee mixture gets dangerously hot so don't lick the spoon!

Coating The Apples Correctly

Careful, it's hot!

Dip your apples, holding the wooden stick, and submerge completely in the toffee.

Tilt the pot as necessary and spoon the mixture over the apples for a full coating.

If you're using additional toppings, dip the apples in them before the toffee shell hardens.

Make sure to eat them within three days!

Get Creative

Take Toppings for a Walk on the Wild Side

Now it's time to get creative.

Using the classic recipe if fine, but I like to change things up a little.

Dipping your apples in a melted caramel is the perfect base for a great candied apple. Before it hardens, roll it in any topping you choose.

Crushed nuts, sprinkles, and mini chocolate chips are great choices.

Gourmet Candied Apples

A whole new level

Avid candy makers recognised the appeal of candied apples and took full advantage of it. They aren't just carnival treats for children anymore; they're a gourmet delicacy.

Chocolate covered apples are simmensely popular The apples are dipped in chocolate and decorated in contrasting flavours.How about rich, dark chocolate with white chocolate drizzled over the top?

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Do you like candied apples?

Tell the truth now (this is anonymous) do you like candied apples?

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      When I was a kid (before Halloween became "dangerous"), we had two moms on our street who gave out home-made candied apples every year. Of course, we visited those houses first. Your lens brought back a slew of memories.

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Wow these really take me back. Just don't see them any more

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Really simple recipe. Can't wait to try it!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      What a pleasant flash back into the past. I have not seen candied apples for so very long. I remember so wanting one of the caramel coated apples that a friend of mine was lucky enough to bring in her school lunch one day. It is too bad more people are not making them because they actually were a healthier snack for a kid despite the sugar.

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      WoodlandBard 5 years ago

      yum, yum I'll have these any time of the year, and terrific recipes and ideas here

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      A great way to eat your apple a day. Nice lens.

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      Sher Ritchie 6 years ago

      My first toffee apple was at a school fete/fundraiser; your lens brought back some great memories. Thankyou.

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @anonymous: I'd go for $2. Next time you have a school fundraiser, let me know and I'l come along- as long as it's not too far out in the bush

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm making some for a school fundraising, and I was wondering how much I should charge for toffee apples. Vic, Australia.

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This looks like a yummy recipe to make with kids in the fall. I will have to give it a try. I am linking to you from my recipes for apples lens.

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      They have a store in the mall by my house that has 100 different kinds. Delicious, every one.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These are all so yummy!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Mickie Goad 8 years ago

      This lens beat out my Caramel Apple one for the Community Fair Blue Ribbon in its category.

      Congrats to you!

      I did win one, though, for my Fall Vegetable Garden.

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      I haven't had a candied apple for a long time - but I always like the caramel coated apples the best of all! Very nice lens and congrats on your purple star and your blue ribbon!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations! You've won a blue ribbon! Stop by the Showcase blog to grab it.

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      Yes! Just yes! I'll take them all.. This is so yummy!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      I love candied apples! The original is just fine with me - nothing goes better with apple than caramel. Your pictures are gorgeous!

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      boutiqueshops 8 years ago

      I'd have to say the gooier (is that a word?) the candied apple the better ~ and your lens hit the spot! YUM! Thanks for the treat!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Congratulations for your Purple Star for this Candied Apples lens. All of the concoctions look so pretty! ...The ones with hard red candy will always be my favorite way to enjoy an apple. :)

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very well done and presented! I like candied apples, but my system can't take too much of sweet stuff. Great job!

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      Mickie Goad 8 years ago

      Am lensrolling you to My Caramel Apple lens! Good job.

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      nebby 8 years ago from USA

      Candies apples reminds me of Halloween when I was a kid. Two Mom's in the neighborhood would make them every year and we would be sure to go to their houses before (to watch them make them), the day of Halloween, and after Halloween to get any leftovers. Although there were never any leftovers, they would always make a few extra and pretend that there were.

      Such wonderful memories and your lens is a great tribute this classic treat. I can see why it got a purple star :)

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      Adrienne Jenkins 8 years ago

      Cute Lens

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Yum. I do not think my teeth can take it anymore but I used to love caramel apples the best. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      All of these Candied Apples look great. Super job on this lens. Now I will be craving a Caramel Apple for the rest of the night.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Apple, caramel, M&M's. Sounds like health food to me!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yummy! So many candies on those apples! Great lens!

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      Kate Phizackerl1 8 years ago

      Not seen your work before but you write a nice lens

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA


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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Super lens! I love candied apples!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Very useful lens and some great candied apples - yum.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Oh, my, these do look yummy!

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      OMG! yummy!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Beautiful and yummy lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow, Jessica, I didn't know you could do so much with an apple on a stick! I had seen the regular Caramel Apple and the Candied Apple with melted cinnamon candy but not these. Maybe I should get out more...LOL!

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      YUm YUm YUm - This lens was so yummy!!!!