Candy Apples

Several days ago I posted a sweet treat made out of apples and if that did not give you a sugar rush then this would definitely give you one. Another apple treat but with more sugar, the Candy apples. Candy apples or toffee apples are sweet treats made out of whole apples coated with a hard toffee or sugar candy. Commonly seen during Halloween and Guy Fawkes Day due to the fact that these festivals fall in the annual apple harvest season.

According to history it was William W. Kolb a veteran candy maker who invented the candy apples in 1908 as a result of an experiment. He tried to dip whole apples in a red cinnamon candy concoction and try to sell it. It proved to be popular after the first batches were made; it was then sold to circuses, family fairs and candy shops across the United States.

Today is Guy Fawkes Day in New Zealand hence I am posting this treat, as simple dish for the one with a really sweet tooth. A treat that kids would definitely love.

Candy Apples
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup corn syrup or golden syrup
  • ½ tsp white vinegar
  • 3 drops red food colouring
  • 6 small apples
  • disposable chopsticks
  1. Insert a chopstick into the top of each apple.
  2. In a sauce pan combine sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar and food colouring. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. If using a candy thermometer continue to slowly boil until temperature reaches between 150C degrees for 20 minutes, if you don’t have candy thermometer you can use a toothpick to guess if the candy is ready, dip them into the boiling sugar once the liquid thickens up. If the sugar sticks to the toothpick and hardens up in seconds then it will be ready.
  4. When sugar mixture is ready remove from heat then quickly dip apples in mixture until coated completely. Place in greased baking sheets and let it cool before serving.



12 Responses

  1. No fair. I’m still drooling over the last ones.

  2. Kristy says:

    I love how shiny and pretty that apple looks. The kids definitely love these!

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Gooooooooooooorgeous photos!! These candy apples look like made out of glass! Absolutely stunning shot, Raymund, and they look so delicious.

  4. kiwidutch says:

    Awww, KiwiDaughter just got braces a few weeks ago, if I make these (and I sooooo want to) she’s going to hate me! (sigh, no I won’t torture her)
    Stunning photo btw…. I just want to reach into my computer screen and steal that apple away LOL!!!

  5. These are a classic for Hallowe’en to me!!

  6. Your photo is stunning…I hope it got on all those great food porn sites because it is just gorgeous!

  7. foodjaunts says:

    Oh that looks so shiny delicious. One day maybe my food photos won’t be as bad and I’ll get close to this. That looks awesome.

  8. I have never had a candy apple but they always look wonderful. I love the glossy coating on yours. I bet they are quite a treat!

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