The Easiest Candy Apple Recipe

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

The Best Candy Apple for Beginners

As we are heading into fall, although it is still hot here in Texas I am dreaming about sitting outside on my porch with a nice cool breeze waiting for the bus to bring the kids home from school.

With thoughts of that also come thoughts of fall decorations, apples, and more apples.

This year the kids have already begun to beg for candy apples.

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

I have never made Candy Apples before so I was a little hesitant to say yes, I mean what if they were awful 🙂

So I decided to do a bit of research on the traditional candy apple.

The Difference Between Candy Apples and Toffee Apples

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

While I was researching candy apples I kept stumbling upon toffee apples and I was like uh yes please can I make those instead?

But the more I researched the more I discovered that a Toffee Apple is a candy apple, but outside the United States, they are called a Toffee Apple.

To me, this totally makes sense because you are essentially making a toffee to put onto the apple, so really candy apple and toffee apples are really interchangeable and the same thing.

Next, I wanted to figure out the best types of apples to use for Candy Apples?

So What Are the Best Types of Apples to Use for Candy Apples?

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

There is no right answer to this question I have found out, it is all a matter of preference of which kind of apples you want. You do want your apple to be a bit firmer, which will give you the perfect crunch when biting through your candy apple.

From my research, the best types of apples to use for candy apples were Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, and Jazz.

I decided to go with the classic Granny Smith.

If you go with a different kind share with me in the comments! So, I can try that kind next because we will be making these again!

Another Common Question is Do Candy Apples have to be refrigerated?

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

Yes, you do need to refrigerate your candy apples after you make them to prevent foodborne allergies. So if you are not going to be eating it soon, like within an hour put it in the fridge. You can keep them in the fridge for up to two weeks.

So, once I was fully prepped on the best types of apples for candy apples and the basics I decided to dive into the kitchen and start attempting to create a toffee apple masterpiece, meet the Best Candy Apple for Beginners.

I call it this because even the most beginner cook can create this culinary masterpiece!

Candy Apple Recipe

Serves- 6

Prep Time- 15 minutes

Cook Time- 25 minutes

Total Time – 40 minutes

Candy Apple Ingredients:

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Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

6 Granny Smith Apples, (any variety will work just my preference)

2 cups sugar

½ cup corn syrup

¼ cup water

Red Food Coloring

Other Candy Apple Supplies:

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

6 Candy Apple Sticks

Candy Thermometer (a must for making Toffee Apples because you cannot guess with these)

Optional Supplies

Candy Apple Boxes If you are planning to give away your candy apples these boxes are perfect to do them in!

I have seen other people use cupcake liners also that work, but I don’t have any experience using those, but these were really cute Halloween liners if you went that way!

Directions of Candy Apples:

 

 Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

First, you want to wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Like they need to be 1000% dry before coating them!

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

Then you will want to insert the candy apple stick into the top side of the apple.

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

Get your baking sheet ready by placing wax paper that is sprayed with cooking spray on it.

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

In a small saucepan, mix the sugar, corn syrup and water. Attach the candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Make sure the bottom is in the mixture.

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

You will then cook this mixture over medium heat until the candy thermometer says 300 degrees. This is referred to as the hard crack stage.

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

This will take some time to reach this, do not rush it by turning up the temperature of the burner. Making the candy coating is a slow process, be patient and stay nearby! Things move VERY quickly towards the end.

 

If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can make a pretty close guess to when the candy is done cooking when a spoon forms a thin thread when being lifted from the mixture. If it pours off easily, it’s not done, but seriously so much easier with a thermometer and worth the investment.

After the candy mixture has reached 300 degrees then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the red food coloring until the desired color is reached. I love this red food coloring because it really makes it red rather than a shade of pink.

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

To get the red of these apples it took about ½ tsp of food coloring with this brand.

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

Once the toffee apple mixture is to the desired color it is time to start dipping apples!

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

 

Dip each apple into the melted sugars, allowing access to drip off back into the mixture.

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

Dip each apple 2-3 times before setting them on the sprayed wax paper to set. If at any point your mixture begins to harden too much, put back over medium heat and heat back to 300 degrees and then pull back off.

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

How Do I Use Real Sticks to Make Candy Apples?

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

For these Candy apples, I literally went outside and grabbed sticks from the yard which you can totally do for a super rustic apple approach! My kids loved it!

You will want to gather sticks twice the height of your apples and you will want to wash them really good and let them dry overnight.

If you want to get even fancier add Modge Podge to the top half of each stick and apply glitter. Seal in the glitter in place with a second layer of Modge Podge. Or just use candy apple sticks, it is completely up to you!

To easily clean your pans after making candy apples simply add water to the empty pan and bring to a boil. This will make it easier to clean the candy off!

There you have it! The best candy apple that is simple yet so delicious!

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

So, settle the debate, do you call these candy apples or toffee apples? Share in the comments!

 

Add a pop of color this fall with this super simple Homemade candy apple recipes, otherwise known as a toffee apple outside the United States.

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The Best Candy Apple Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Servings: 6

Equipment

  • Candy Thermometer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • First you want to wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Like they need to be 1000% dry before coating them!
  • Then you will want to insert the candy apple stick into the top side of the apple. 
  • Get your baking sheet  ready by placing wax paper that is sprayed with cooking spray on it. 
  • In a small saucepan, mix the sugar, corn syrup and water. Attach the candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Make sure the bottom is in the mixture.
  • You will then cook this mixture over medium heat, until the candy thermometer says 300 degrees. This is referred to as the hard crack stage. 
  • After the candy mixture has reached 300 degrees then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the red food coloring until the desired color is reached. I love this red food coloring because it really makes it red rather than a shade of pink.
  • To get the red of these apples it took about ½ tsp of food coloring with this brand. 
  • Once the toffee apple mixture is to the desired color it is time to start dipping apples!
  • Dip each apple into the melted sugars, allowing access to drip off back into the mixture. 
  • Dip each apple 2-3 times before setting them on the sprayed wax paper to set. If at any point your mixture begins to harden too much, put back over medium heat and heat back to 300 degrees and then pull back off.

 

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