With Halloween right around the corner it’s easy to feel nostalgic about our fondest fall childhood memories…like finding the perfect Halloween costume, picking apples and eating all the sweets this festive season has to offer. Whenever I think of Halloween or fall, I immediately get the craving for a classic candy apple (caramel apples are right up there too!). So this year, we decided to recreate this traditional Halloween sweet treat with the help of the one only Lauren Lowstan, who followed a recipe similar to this one. These candy apples not only look gorgeous, but taste great too. They can also make great centerpieces for your next Halloween party or fall soiree. Without further ado, here’s how to make a batch of your own sprinkled candy apples…
Sprinkled Candy Apples
- 6 small or medium apples
- 6 wooden sticks or wooden skewers
- unsalted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ½ teaspoon red food coloring (using black food coloring gel can make your candy apples turn out pretty cool too)
- candy thermometer (you can purchase one here)
- sprinkles (we used these gold ones)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly cover the paper in unsalted butter so your apples won’t stick.
- In a medium pot, combine sugar, ¾ cup water, corn syrup, and food coloring. Bring to a boil at high heat, then reduce heat to medium-high.
- Insert your candy thermometer and continue to boil for about 20 minutes, or until temperature reaches between 300 degrees and 310 degrees (also known as the “hard crack stage”).
- While your candy mixture is boiling, insert a wood stick or skewer into the top of each apple and push about halfway through to the core.
- When your mixture has reached the recommended temperature, remove from heat and dip your apples one by one into the mixture, until completely coated. Work quickly, as the candy mixture will harden when it cools.
- Transfer apples to your baking sheet and allow to cool. Before they’re completely dry, scatter some sprinkles on top of each apple. Then enjoy!
And there you have it! Personally, I think they look so festive on a wood cutting board or glass cake stand on a fall dinner table. That way, each guest can reach for an apple when it’s dessert time.
What’s your favorite Halloween sweet treat?
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