Prep Time: 15-20 minutes. Cook Time: 15 minutes. Makes: 6 Apples
Candy apples are a great dessert to make for Halloween if you’re looking for a simple treat to please the kids (and the adults too)! They’re easy to make and require no baking at all. So you can still enjoy Halloween with your family and friends and spend less time in the kitchen! Candy apples have all the great things you want in a dessert, full of different textures, they’re sweet but also sour so the flavours are an amazing combination and you can decorate them any way you wish!
To go for a simple Halloween theme why not try these black and red “poison” candy apples!
-6 Granny smith apples
-400g caster sugar
-4tbsp golden syrup
-1tsp lemon juice
-A couple drops of red food colouring
-A couple drops of black food colouring
-Wooden sticks, lolly sticks or even chopsticks
1. Start off by boiling some water and remove the stalks off the apples. Then put the apples in a heatproof bowl, pour the water over the apples and leave for approximately 2 minutes. Then remove from the water, pat dry and pierce a wooden stick through the centre of each apple. This will help remove any wax off the apples and will help the sugar mix to stick to the apples better.
2. Next you can make the sugar mix. To do this add the sugar, lemon juice and 100ml of water and bring it to a simmer on the stove. You can move the pan around but do not use a spoon or anything to stir it as it will stick to the spoon and change the texture. Next add in the golden syrup and continue to bring the mixture to a simmer (make sure you keep an eye on the mixture to make sure it doesn’t boil and burn). To check if it’s done it should start to look like a smooth caramel but if you’re still not sure you can use a thermometer to test the temperature. The temperature should be approximately 150C and once it’s reached this temperature it’s ready.
3. Once the mixture is ready take off the heat and add in the food colouring of your choice. If you’re doing more than one colour divide the mix and add one colour in each one. Mix through well until the colour has all combined and make sure you work quickly so that the mixture doesn’t harden and fully cool too much.
4. Finally start dipping each apple into the mixture (it may be easier to slightly tip the saucepan and roll the apples through to make sure they’re covered all around. Once covered place on either a tray/plate- you can cover the plate/tray in greaseproof paper to make sure they don’t stick).
5. With the mixture still a little wet and sticky you can add more decorations if you wish. Coconut, chopped nuts, sprinkles and chocolate go really well! Or use some fondant to make some Halloween decorations to stick on the apples too! The list is endless so have fun, get creative and enjoy!