About five years ago or so, I tried my hand at making candied apples. Ever since then, it has been habit to crave and make them each year. Every year, I switch up the recipe just a tiny bit or try out a different way to present them, but every year, they just get better and better and I love them even more.
Last year was probably my favorite batch, but this year, I think they look even cuter thanks to the candy apple sticks I picked up from Michael’s. And they taste just as good too! 🙂
I ended up making a second smaller batch where I halved the ingredients and added black food dye instead of red and I think they turned out looking just as nice. Last year, I burned it, but this year, the only difference was their color; the flavor is the same between the two colors.
- 4-6 Granny Smith apples (This is a personal preference. I like the tartiness of the grannies with the sweet of the cinnamon candy and the color contrast between the red and green. It always looks gorgeous)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 5-10 drops of red food coloring
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 cup (2oz container) cinnamon imperials/red hots
Non-Food Items You Need
- 4-6 sticks or skewers for apples
- candy thermometer
- non-stick mat OR wax paper
- Wash and dry apples then insert skewers.
- Mix water, sugar and corn syrup in small pot. Add food coloring to color preference.
- Put on medium-high heat until mixture reaches 250º.
- DO NOT STIR.
- Add cinnamon stick at 225º
- Add cinnamon imperials when temperature reaches 250º.
- Remove from heat when mixture reaches 300º (or if you can set thermometer to "Hard Crack" temperature, remove when it hits that).
- Dip apples in mixture at an angle then place on wax paper to cool.
Original Recipe: Lovely Lady Cakes
I do some things very distinctly different from the Lovely Lady Cakes recipe. The first being that I add both the red hots and the food coloring.
Second is that I also add a cinnamon stick to the recipe to boil with the imperials for a more natural flavor. I feel that it does change the flavor and make it taste more natural.
The third is that she says she can only get 4 apples, but I usually get at least 6. It's all a matter of working fast before the candy gets too hard once off the heat.
Do you have a recipe you have to make every Halloween season?