Happy Halloween! This is one of my favorite holidays because it signifies that Fall is here, the nights are getting cooler, comfort foods are cooking on the stove, and it’s just a good reason to throw a party. I hosted a Halloween get-together this past weekend and I know these black candied apples were perfect as edible, spooky decor!
This was actually the first time I made a candied apple and it was not difficult at all. Candied apples are not something I eat regularly unless I were at a carnival or theme park… which is also rare!
Apples are in season during the Fall months which is why they are great to cook and bake with right now. For this recipe, I liked using the McIntosh apples because they are slightly tart which balances well with the sugar coating. Be careful when making the sugar mixture as melted, boiling sugar is extremely hot and could be very dangerous!
For this recipe you will need:
5 McIntosh apples
2 cups white sugar
1 cup water
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp Black food coloring
Black or Orange sugar sprinkles (optional)
5 twigs or sticks
First, wash all apples and the sticks. Remove the stems from all apples (you may have to use a pairing knife to do this).
Pour sugar, water and corn syrup into a medium pot and set over medium high heat. Using a candy thermometer, cook the sugar mixture until it reaches 300 degrees F. Immediately remove from the heat once it reaches the 300 degrees.
Add the black food coloring and carefully stir to combine. One by one and holding the stick, dip the apple into the candy mixture and twirl to evenly coat the entire apple. Dip into a bowl or plate with sprinkles if you desire (*It’s important to move rather quickly as the candy mixture will begin to harden in about 5 minutes. If this happens, place on the stove over medium heat and keep a close eye as to not burn the sugar mixture.*)
Place the candied apple on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and allow to cool. Voila!