Red Cinnamon Apples

Total Time:
15 min
10 min
5 min

12 apples

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon red coloring
  • 1 dozen wooden craft sticks
  • 1 dozen small firm apples

Boil water, syrup, and sugar together until a brown caramel color is reached (at about 250 degrees F on a candy thermometer). Remove from the heat and add cinnamon and red coloring. Cool slightly. Meanwhile force a stick into the core of each apple. Dip the apples 1 at a time into the heavy red syrup, drain well, and place on a buttered baking sheet to cool.

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    Do u use red or green apples?
    use a cinnamon stick instead of a craft stick....yum
    I just made these and they are cooling off. I read the reviews below and dig the one by Katz, about being careful not to use oleander sticks (really!!! I used the apple tree sticks. Oh, wait there is an Oleander bush; i think I will make some tea.
    this is thesame as the recipe my mother taught me. We bought these same apples at knotts berry farm in California and I made them at halloween for my children. thanks paula I could not find my recipe
     and now I have it thanks to you
    yum yum
    These are delicious! But I believe you should re-think the photo. There are so many highly toxic plants and shrubs out there. I'd hate for a young cook to grab a few oleander branches, or something like that, thinking they're just another stick!
    i think this a good ricps to make
    These were delicious. I love the cinnamon in them. My only problem was that I mucked up the dipping of the apple (the candy got too hard before I could finish dipping them all), but that's on me and not the receipe.
    easy family love them
    I've been making them for 3-4 years and the only exception is I don't add the cinnamon, but these are the best..
    I did not know how easy it was to make candy apples. My kids loves them. A word of warning, DO NOT DOUBLE DIP them for more flavor or more candy. My 5 year old son could not bite throught the candy to get to the apple.
     Thank you Paula.
    this resipce was really good. i didnt wait until the sugar,corn syrup and water turned brown caramel though....i just waited until it reached 250 degrees, and it was a super light caramel color. it was really easy to do and my boyfriend really liked them, since i made them for him anyway.
     but yeah, this recipe was really good!
    This may be the recipe that my family wanted: a red cinnamon candy apple similar to the ones at the county fair with the firmness and texture of caramel. The ones sold in a nearby store are tasteless except for the nuts (urgh). My family hates the hard candy and unflavored chewy candy apples. My results so far with this recipe is a firm candy coating with excess settling downward. My experiments with my hard candy apple recipe to make a firm candy apple was not as good. Hope this recipe works for my family.
      1. Recipe works well as stated but needs a more descriptive name with words such as chewy candy in it.
     2. Easy to follow directions with lessened chances of messing up. (It reached 250@F with a light golden color.) Needs to state to prepare pan and apples prior to starting to cook the candy. Apples need to be washed, wax removed, and dried prior to inserting the stick.
     3. Hint: wrap these up if not used in a few hours. Moisture loves the candy.
     4. Those who require the (brittle hard-crack stage) hard candy coating may increase corn syrup to 1 cup and decrease water to 1/2 cup and cook to 285@F without stirring after the sugar is dissolved. Also use 6 drops hard candy flavoring and 15 drops coloring. Warning: crunching into this hard candy coating results in sharp shards.
    You cannot harden syrup into candy at 250 degrees. You need to get up to around 300 for that. I tried this recipe anyways, against my better judgement - what a mess! These apples are so sticky they will definitely pull any fillings you have out of your teeth! The flavor was pretty weak as well. Don't waste your time on this one or any others that call for a low temp. if you want a hard candy coating.
    Ha! My daughter's tooth actually came out after trying to bite into one of these! She said it wasn't even that loose yet.
     Anyhow, I had pretty good luck with it...I removed it from the heat when it was golden (not caramel colored) and the flavor was great. I halved the recipe (I only had 4 apples). But, the candy hardened so quickly that only the first one was really pretty...and I didn't have enough for the 4th one. I wish I could have gotten it on a bit thinner. But, I imagine it would shatter all over the place. We are going to do caramel apples next time. But, it did taste yummy.
    This recipe works very well. Many stated that it had a yucky taste. It can and will if you burn the sugar as I did in my first attempt. In my second try I only let my candy coating reach 230 degrees. The corn syrup mixture was a light brown color rather than dark. I took it off the burner and it raised to 240 before the pan started cooling. This was the perfect temp and the result was a exquisite tasting candy apple.
    It was the best recipe that I have ever had. It brought back childhood memories.
    It took longer to boil the sugar mixture then described, but once I got it, it was really good.
    also awesome
    These where Awesome . Reminded me of being 16 and going to the fair . I loved them :)
    Tried this recipe and did not like how it turned out.
    Not sure if I did something wrong but although the apples looked absolutely beautiful and shiney they were not eatable! I allowed them to cool for several hours before trying one and I actually thought my teeth were going to fall out, they were so sticky and gooey! Not hard and crackley like I thought they would be, like I remember the ones from the fair were. I was so disappointed with these as I was planning on making them for trick or treaters this year. The trick would definently be on them if I handed these out!
    I have been looking for this recipe for a long time. We had these candy apples as kids and now we can make them for our grandchildren. Mahalo Paula, you're the best!!!!
    This is a great recipe for candy apples. The cinnamon flavor is really a treat! And the candy does stick to the apples instead of sliding off. Of course, the excess will run to the bottom, but the candy stays on the apples and hardens fast.
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