Candy Apples

Use medium-sized apples or go with lady apples for more caramel to apple on your candy apples.

  • Yield: Makes 6 medium or 12 mini candy apples
Candy Apples

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October Fall 2005


  • Unsalted butter, for parchment paper
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring, (optional)
  • 6 medium apples, or 12 lady apples


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; butter parchment, and set aside. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, corn syrup, and food coloring, if using. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-high. Insert candy thermometer and continue to boil until temperature reaches between 300 degrees and 310 degrees (hard crack stage), about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, insert a wooden stick into the top of each apple, pushing about halfway through; set aside. When mixture reaches temperature, immediately remove from heat. Working quickly, dip apples in sugar mixture until completely coated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; allow to cool.


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