When you take a bite of this poison candy apple, prepare to be enchanted with wickedly sweet candy coating and juicy-tart green apple that will ignite your senses. These Halloween candy apples will be a hit at your haunted parties and may cast spells on your guests to keep coming back for more!
6granny smith applesmedium to large, cleaned and removed of wax
1teaspoonblack gel food coloring
natural wood branchesthoroughly cleaned
metal strawto prep the apples
Wash apples and branches, dry thoroughly, and set aside.
Prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Grease with butter and set aside.
Prepare apples by using a metal straw to create a hole in the top of the apple to insert a natural branch. Repeat with all 6 apples and set aside.
Add granulated sugar, corn syrup, water, and gel food coloring to a medium saucepan or dutch oven. Mix to combine the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved.
Cook over medium heat. Once the mixture begins to boil, refrain from stirring. Using a pastry brush dipped in water remove any sugar from the inner sides of the pan to avoid crystallized sugar falling into the pan.
Continue to cook until the mixture reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. Carefully remove the mixture from the heat. Stir in vanilla extract.
Working quickly, dip the apples in the hot sugar mixture to evenly coat and place on the prepared cookie sheet to harden. Repeat with remaining apples.
Once apples have hardened they are ready to enjoy!
Be very careful when working with hot sugar, never leave the sugar mixture unattended on the stove. Although the recipe takes some attention to detail the results are worth it in the end.
Be sure the branches are thick, sturdy, and secure in the apples before attempting to coat the apples in the sugar syrup.
If the sugar syrup becomes too thick and it is difficult to coat the apples return it to the burner to melt and try again. Also, tilt the pan when the mixture starts to run low on the last apples.