Holiday Candy Apples

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 candy apples
Level:
Easy

Directions
  • Insert lollipop sticks into 4 apples, one-third of the way. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray. Stir together 1 1/4 cups sugar and 1/4 cup each corn syrup and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring. Continue cooking, swirling the pan but not stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 290 degrees F, about 10 minutes; remove from the heat. Immediately dip each apple into the candy, then twirl the apple over the pan to let the excess drip off. Decorate (see instructions below).

  • How to Decorate

  • Spun-sugar apple: Dip the apple as directed, then hold sideways over the pan, dip a fork in the candy mixture and quickly wave it all over the apple to make thin threads. Let set.

  • Candy cane apple: Roll the apple in crushed candy canes immediately after dipping. Let set.

  • White chocolate apple: Let the coating set, then drizzle the apple with melted white chocolate. Sprinkle with silver nonpareils.

  • Coconut apple: Roll the apple in shredded coconut immediately after dipping. Let set.

  • Photograph by Levi Brown


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