Candy Apples

Candy applesIt may be strange, but I realized the other day that I had never made candy apples before. I’ve made caramel apples many, many times. But I’d never taken the time to explore candy apples until this past weekend. I LOVE how you can easily adjust the colors to create anything from bright classic red candy apples to a dark and murky “poison” apple green. Can you tell I’m already starting to get into the Halloween spirit?

Candy apple recipeYou will need a candy thermometer for these, as the heated sugar does need to reach a specific temperature in order to get the effect of hard candy coating. If you’re annoyed at having to purchase a candy thermometer look at the bright side: You can make marshmallows now too!

Candy apple how toI decided to try out the whole branches-as-handles thing. 🙂 I gathered a few small branches (well, twigs really) and gently washed the tips. I first inserted a wooden skewer into the apple before inserting the branch. Granny smith apples are much harder than other apples. Just FYI. But I love the sour taste.

How to make candy applesCandy Apples, makes 6. Recipe from here.

Needed: 2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup water, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, food coloring (I used 3 drops of red + 1 drop yellow for the classic color, and 5 drops blue +2 green for the poison apples color) and six apples.

In a pot combine all ingredients. I split my sugar batter in two, so I could have two different colors. You could also choose not to add any food coloring at all. Heat the sugar mixture over medium high heat until it reaches 300 to 310 degrees. This will take about 20 minutes. Have apples ready and on wax paper. Remove the sugar mixture from heat and dip apples. I also poured a little on top of each apple. You will need to work fast, as the sugar mixture will harden very quickly once removed from heat.

Candy apple textureOnce the apples cool you are ready to slice and serve. Have fun mixing up your own favorite colors! xo. Emma

  • Looks so amaizin’ great idea with the green dye!
    To go with these scrummy candy apples make a spooky cocktail!
    Here is how:

  • Gorgeous! I tried my own version this weekend, lots of memories were made.

  • This looks so good! I featured your recipe in my newest blog post. 🙂

    Here it is:

  • I love your blog articles! They are so inspirational! The apples look really yummy, would defo try to make these one day. I have recommended your blog to some of my friends too 🙂 love love love

  • Very creative and yummy looking! It’s cool how you matched the colors, as well. (:

    xo, Adriana.

  • The first (and only) time I ever made candy apples, I gave myself a third degree burn dipping them into the hot sugar mixture ~ ouch! It was not pretty. I have to say, it was worth it though. They were delicious!

  • @Lexie – I just bought a candy thermometer from ebay, for a very reasonable price.

    I assume the temperatures you listed were Fahrenheit?

  • These look awesome! Great for Halloween!

    My blog:

  • These candied apples are creepy cool! LOVE them – perfect for Halloween!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • I’ve just made this apples, you don’t need a caramel thermometer, just test the caramel from time to time once it’s bubbling up, lift some caramel with a spoon and let it fall, if it leaves a strand of dry caramel, is done. Take the caramel of the fire and dip the apples.
    I’m from Perú, so sorry if my english is not so good.

  • Those look delicious!


  • I had this strange worry when I was a kid that if I bit right into a caramel or candied apple it would pull my bottom teeth out! Even as an adult I still only eat an apple sliced! But I LOVE the twig idea–so much more fun than dowels.

  • yum!
    these look so cute, like decor. i wouldn’t want to eat them i’d just let them accessorize my place 😉
    love it!

  • I guess making candied apples isn’t very common since I have never done it either! I am curious how the twigs worked out, I always imagined them to not be strong enough and just break when you pick them up. They are so pretty though!

  • I’ve actually never tried candy apples–I used to have braces (like, 10 years ago) and I think I was pretty terrified of it ever pulling them off. I’ll have to try these!

    The Glossy Life

  • I’ve never made them either! I really doubt anything could compare to caramel apples though 🙂

    The Paraders

  • Every time i read this page, i leave with atleast one new food idea haha I love it!!

  • I love the touch with the twig handle! I don’t like eating candied apples but I wanna make these!!

  • Yum these look so good! I don’t know how I could eat them, they are so pretty!

  • YUMMY! I like caramel apples better though, but since I live in Norway we don’t get them 🙁 It would be really nice if you could also post a recipe on how to make those!

  • I love the unfinished, sort of spooky look these have! I love the twigs as sticks! Very fun!

  • These look like the most delicious candy apples I have ever seen! EVER!!!!!!!! And I also really just want to put them on my mantel (if I had one) for decoration! They are so beautiful!

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  • That looks so delicious!!! Makes me think of Halloween!

  • I nearly bought one of these today! I love toffee apples! So delicious and I’ve never thought to make them myself!

  • i love the look of these,they would also look fab as table décor…but i have a silly question,i have actually never eating a candy apple, and wonder if it easy to eat?

  • Quite common in England too but I’ve never seen them doen with the eerie sticks before- such a cool idea for a Halloween party!Rx

  • they look so tasty! I usually make caramel apples, but never tried these!

  • Those look awesome with the red and green food coloring! These make me think of snow white!


  • Gosh I wish we celebrated Halloween in Australia sometimes! Looks like delicious fun!

  • These look so cool. I’m definiely making these for my Halloween party. Thanks for sharing. <3

  • Oh wow, these look so cool! I love the branch detail!


  • These are so cute! Love the branch details – perfect for a Halloween party show stopper. 🙂 And I bet they taste just as good as they look!


  • Oh Emma, these candy apples are so artistic! And the twigs add a fantastic touch.
    Catherine Denton

  • Those are soooo pretty and festive. I love the stick handle idea.

  • my taste buds are exploding right now. they look soooo tasty.

    xo, Clare

  • Nyum! I wanna taste the green one, feels so “halloween” :))

    Am I the only person that immediately who think of Snow White when you write “poison apple?” 🙂


  • Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….. looks so good! I would for sure botch making that lol

  • What a fun project! I don’t think I’ve ever made candy apples either. So cool.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  • The green apples look so scary, perfect for a Halloween party! I have never even tried a candy apple before. But I am putting it on my to-do list for this year!

  • I love the drippy look on these, especially the murky green. I don’t think I’ve ever made candy apples either because caramel is where my heart is at.

  • You know, I’m from Argentina. Here, you can buy them in the parks o the scuares. It’s a common food, and here they stick popcorn to the candy before it dries completelly. You should try it!!!!!
    Love from far away!!!

  • They look gorgeous! Almost too pretty to eat. I love these for Halloween – great tips and recipe!

  • Yum and Yum. Always wanted to know how to do this so spank you very much!

    Frankie Bird x

  • I love that you gals added twigs. It totally makes it so much more halloweenie.


  • This is lovely! Thanks so much.
    I absolutely love the idea of using branches/twigs. xx

  • Just awesome! Candy and caramel apples are some of my favorite desserts! Never thought to make them look like this. I love the idea!

  • Ahh i am SO making these for my halloween party! xD

    P.S. Where can i get a candy thermometer?

  • You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had a candy apple before! Passing this one on to my daughter {the baker/dessert maker}!

  • Too pretty to eat! I’d like to put them on a table display (although that’s not going to go so well over time). The branches are a nice touch. Attention to detail is always key. Great work!!

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