For upcoming holiday parties, what’s better than a candy coated creation that can not only act as a centerpiece, but also as a party favor? That’s right. Absolutely nothing. Precisely the reason why my lovely lady friend, Katie (who also guest DJ’s from time to time), whipped up some beautiful and festive candy apples for a party she was hosting. (Is there anything this girl can’t do?). Anyway, I was lucky enough to witness (and document) her working her wonders in the kitchen and have for you the secrets to creating the prettiest candy apples ever. This isn’t rocket science, BUT it is a little tricky so follow directions closely and be sure to be patient (it’s a virtue, afterall).
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
- Wax paper
- Candy thermometer
- 6 medium apples (we used Granny Smith)
- Wooden dowels
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
- Wash apples, remove stems, insert wooden dowels.
- In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, corn syrup, and food coloring.
- Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-high. Insert candy thermometer and continue to boil until temperature reaches between degrees 310 degrees (about 20 minutes).
- When mixture reaches 310 degrees, immediately remove from heat. Working quickly (seriously), dip apples in sugar mixture until completely coated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; allow to cool.
How d’ya like them apples? As a disclaimer, I have to suggest that you don’t actually bite into these apples. You will crack your teeth… and that’s not the kinda look you’re probably going for.