Candy apples are a great fall treat that almost everyone I know grew up eating. You can always find wonderful candy apples at fall festivals
and fairs. Candy apple recipes make creating this fun fall treats easy to do at home. Whether you are an avid cook or a beginner you should be able to follow one of these recipes. These candy apple recipes are super easy to make and very affordable.
I have made a variety of different candy apple recipes, but these are two of my favorites. I have one easy and quick candy apple recipe and one more involved from scratch recipe for candy apples. Either way your family and friends will enjoy this treat.
From Scratch Candy Apple Recipe:
6 Fuji or Granny Smith apples
1 1/2 cups water
4 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/8 cups corn syrup
3/4 teaspoon red food coloring
The first step is to clean apples. Place your Popsicle stick in the center of the apple. Set your apples on the counter next to your stovetop.
Now, add the water, sugar, and corn syrup in a medium to large sized saucepot. Stir the ingredients together, it will look grainy.
Place the candy apple mixture on medium heat until the sugar boils. Once the sugar boils, turn the heat to high. You will need to occasionally clean the sides of pot with cold water and a brush. This will prevent the mixture from crystallizing. Cook the mixture eon on high heat to 283 degrees F.
Once the mixture has come to this temperature, add red food coloring and swirl around in the pot, do not stir. Continue to cook to 328 degrees F. Remove from the heat and let rest for 3 – 5 minutes.
The next step requires a little caution. The candy apple mixture is extremely hot. Dip the apple on an angle. Twirl the apple around to coat it. Place the coated candy apple on a sheet of wax paper that has been sprayed with Pam.
I know it is tempting to buy premade candy apples or even those kits, but they are so much fn to make you should at least give this quick and easy candy apple recipe a try. You can control the freshness of you apples this way!
Quick and Easy Candy Apple Recipe:
1 (14-ounce) package strawberry glaze
1 1/2 cups corn syrup
1 (3-ounce) box cherry gelatin dessert mix
1/2 cup hot water
6 Granny Smith apples, washed and dried
6 Popsicle sticks
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine glaze and corn syrup. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Stir the gelatin mix in hot water and pour in saucepan with glaze. Stir this mixture frequently. You will need to cook it until the temperature on a candy thermometer is between 180 and 200 degrees F.
While your candy apple recipe is cooking, insert your Popsicle sticks in to the apples.
When your mixture is ready, at 200 degrees F Dip each apple in syrup. Rotate and turn the apples until completely coated in the red syrup.
For some extra special touches use nature to really bring some fall touches to your candy apples. I like to look for sticks and twigs that could be substituted for the Popsicle stick or dowels that normally serve as the handles to the candy apples.
Beautiful fall leaves make a great addition to your serving platter when displaying your candy apples. Make sure you wash you leaves with warm soapy water before you use them. Pat them dry with a paper towel and then let them air dry. Lay them out in a pattern on your platter and set one completely cooled candy apple on each leaf.
Finally, for extra embellishments or a twist on the traditional candy apple try rolling your candy apple in crushed hard candy. It provides a unique and new look to the expected candy apple. You could also roll your candy apples in sprinkles, chocolate, nuts, or even liquorices. Use your favorite candies and the possibilities are endless! You need to roll your candy apples in these ingredients before they harden.