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Candy Apples

  • yield: Makes 6 medium or 12 mini candy apples




  • 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. Step 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. Step 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.

The Martha Stewart Show, October Fall 2005



Reviews (4)

  • shatane 29 Jun, 2014

    Don't even try it! Horrible! I not only made these the day of my daughter's b-day party, but I threw them away!!! The were hard, the tasted nasty and I almost pulled out a tooth because my back teeth got stuck. Luckily I was able to get it about in time. Lucky for you that you just read this review or you might have been sorry!

  • Alvydas 14 Oct, 2012

    This recipe is more challenging than it looks. Do not attempt to do it without a candy thermometer. My first batch turned out great, somehow my thermometer broke on the second batch and ruined everything. I also just used regular popsicle sticks instead of the beautiful wood sticks.

  • keeganwat 29 Oct, 2008

    I made these and they turned out beautiful. The only thing is they are too hard. You can't bite into them. What if i stop cooking at a lower temperature like soft crack will this work?

  • cirre05 25 Sep, 2008

    These are so easy to make,and they taste great.
    Just be careful when you eat these,they are really sticky and get stuck in your teeth.