This time of the year always brings me back to my favourite childhood memory- eating candy apples. I remember the excitement of watching my mother prepare the boiling glaze to perfection. She would then dip the apples in the glaze to cover them with a red layer of sugar. The apples were hard to bite into for my little teeth but there way no way I was going to give up.
Candy apples have been around for a very long time and are a definite sign that Halloween is here and that winter is on the way. Make sure to put aside a few apples from your last apple picking trip and try my recipe today. Your whole family will love it!
10 apples, stems removed (or not!)
10 Popsicle sticks
2 cups white sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 cups water
10 drops red food coloring
Wash the apples and pat dry. Insert a stick into each apple and set aside.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grease it lightly.
Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Without stirring, let simmer until a candy thermometer reads 143°C (290°F). Remove from the heat immediately and stir in food coloring. By holding the stick, coat the apples by dipping them in the syrup one at the time. Place the apples on the cookie sheet and let harden.
After dipping the apples in the syrup, you can customize your own candy apples by rolling them in crushed pistachios and other nuts. If you have any any leftover glaze, don’t miss the opportunity to make lollipops or pieces of hard candies. Simply pour 1 tablespoon glaze onto the baking sheet. Lay a wooden stick in the middle and cover with another tablespoon glaze. Yum! For the hard candies, just skip the wooden stick.
Have fun and let me know how it went! For more Fall and winter recipes visit my Food and Recipes Section today.