Candy apples are a classic fall dessert that family and friends are sure to love. Use your apple-picking haul to make the ultimate Halloween treat, complete with a sticky-sweet caramel coating.


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Recipe Summary

Makes 6 medium or 12 mini candy apples


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  • 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.

  • 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.

Reviews (7)

318 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 99
  • 4 star values: 87
  • 3 star values: 67
  • 2 star values: 38
  • 1 star values: 27
Rating: 2 stars
Your five stars for sure I love all your ides Martha
Rating: 5 stars
I like it. It came out great. I just needed to use a bigger pot so that it doesn't spill out.
Rating: 5 stars
I made these apples and mines came out great. Taste great candy at right hardness. i love the receipe and will contiune to use it.
Rating: 1 stars
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!
Rating: Unrated
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.
Rating: Unrated
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?
Rating: Unrated
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.