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Cinnamon candied apples are a traditional Halloween treat.

In the early part of the 20th century, candied apples were doledout to trick-or-treaters―perhaps as a reminder of theold-time game of bobbing for apples.

When we prepared theseCandied Apples in our Test Kitchens, we were won over by theirsimple charm. In particular, we liked the way the cinnamon candycoating complemented the sweetness and cool crunch of the fruit ina classic flavor match. Our recipe uses cinnamon candies (Red Hotsare a good choice) instead of the cinnamon and red food coloringused in other versions. The candies add a pleasant kick, too. Wecall for Red Delicious apples, which are known for their mildsweetness, but you can experiment with tart, juicy Granny Smith,pippin, or McIntosh varieties.

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Whatever apple you use, as Halloween goodies go, these sweettokens are low in fat and high in fiber, vitamins A and C, and theantioxidant flavonoid quercetin. And best of all, their sweet-hotflavor makes working your way down to the last bite a treatindeed.

17 Candy Apple Recipes That Will Rock Your World This Fall

Candy Apples, caramel apples, toffee apples, candied apples… call them what you like, they’re all DELICIOUS! What with fall being right around the corner, and apples at their best right now, I thought it would be fun to round up a sweet collection of amazing candy apple recipes for you!

There’s something here for everyone! Chocolate dipped candy apples, caramel apples, and traditional carnival red candy-apples coating. There are apples decorated to look like faces, and mouth-watering candied dips to dunk apple slices in. Hand your candy apples out at Halloween, enjoy them at home, or send them to school as a treat for a classroom halloween party! Keep in mind, some of these candy apples are so decadent, you won’t want to share them with the kids.

Recipe Summary

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon candies
  • 8 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, stems removed
  • 15 drops red food coloring

In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup water. Gently stir with a fork just until sugar is dissolved. Raise heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.

Add cinnamon candies to pot and continue boiling, washing down the sides of the saucepan with a wet pastry brush occasionally to prevent sugars from crystallizing.

When mixture registers 302 degrees (hard crack) on a candy thermometer, remove from heat and stir in food coloring. Let stand until candy stops boiling and settles in bottom of saucepan, 1-2 minutes.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray. Insert candy apple sticks or wooden craft sticks into stem end of apples. Carefully tilt pan and dip apples into candy, swirling to coat all sides. Allow excess candy to fall back into saucepan transfer apples to prepared baking sheet to cool and harden.

18 candy apple recipes

During the colder fall and winter months, we naturally crave our favorite apple, cinnamon and candy treats. Whether your kids are begging for a batch or you're throwing a fall-inspired party, candy and caramel apples are the perfect dessert. They're also great additions to a Halloween party or Thanksgiving dinner.

Choose your favorite ingredient and make the best candy apples your family has ever had with these 18 recipes. From chocolate to apple pie to red hots, all ingredients are welcome in this melting pot of sweet candy.


All you need are a few tips for making your Easy Homemade Candy Apple Recipe:

  • Be sure to boil your sugar mixture until the HARD CRACK stage. If you pull it off the heat too soon, the sugar will be too soft…more like taffy. Making them even more impossible to eat.
  • When you add the food coloring (and you can color your apples black, purple, fuscia…it’s up to you), be careful because the sugar will bubble a bit more angrily.
  • If your apples are not freshly picked and purchased at a grocery store, give them a quick dunk in boiling water for 1-2 seconds to melt off any wax that may be on the apples. The wax keeps the sugar from adhering to the apple.
  • Now….dip away….carefully. The sugar is VERY hot. And don’t forget to coat that parchment with cooking spray.

And if you’re not really feeling like dipping and sticking….you could totally throw together a big platter of these Caramel Apple Nachos!


The Red Hot Candy Apples sound yummy. Will make this weekend.

My mom has made a recipe like this for years. 10 Red Delicious apples, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 bags of red hots. Assemble in an electric skillet and cook on medium for a few hours. Great because it frees up the stove/oven for turkey or ham and the fixins. No one wants to eat cranberry sauce at her house.

I made the Red Hot Apples twice already and it’s so good! This is now one of my favorite way to eat apples. I also made the Glorified Spice Cake that uses apple pie filling and caramel sauce and that is great too. Thanks.

Glad you liked them Bea. Red Hot Apples was one of my kids favorites too. I would make them a couple of times a week this time of year because they are so easy and inexpensive. They are pretty around Christmas too. I appreciate your and other readers reviews on the recipes because I think this maybe helps others to decide whether to try them or not. Anyway if I go to another website it helps me.

I know what you mean about comments Jill. They help me too. Fun to read others ideas.

Oh, I forgot to ask you. You mentioned there are other ways you use the Red Hots. Would you mind sharing?

Bea I have a sweet potato one which will be posted in about a week and a half, then another one I will be posting is a hot apple cider one but you could do that now I just take about a 64 oz. bottle of apple cider and put in a large handful of red hots and let it simmer or put it on low in the crock pot. You don’t have to simmer that long but I just toss it together and let it simmer all day because it makes the house smell so nice.

Another one is one which is already on the site and it is the Red Jello Salad which we have every Christmas. Hope that gives you a start.

Thank you so much. I will be waiting for the sweet potato recipe and I just printed out the Red Jello Salad recipe and will definitely make the apple cider one. I love to make the house smell good and I love apple cider. Thanks.

I forgot to tell you too you can adjust the amount of red hot candies to your own taste.

I have the apples in the oven right now. I cored as many apples as would fit in my baking dish and the rest are in 2 glass bread pans. My mom came over to make these with my kids last Fall. Today I decided to give it another try but looked on line for other recipes. My mom’s were a little too “spicey” for my kids to “love” them. I cored the apples, granny smith and red delilous that we had around. I let the kids fill the apples with 1 part brown sugar and 1 part red hots. I’m baking them covered at 350* for 25 min. Wish us luck! I’ll report how they taste.

This is a fabulous recipe! I plan to make a large batch for Christmas (love the red!). It is so good either warm or cold. Red Hots are sugar, but there is no fat as you would have with butter, etc. Gotta save on the fat grams where ya can, I guess!

Thanks for all the hard and dedicated work you and Tawra are doing. You are very inspiring to me. I went to my Good Will this week and was able to get a coat, 7 top, three wool jackets and some slacks for under $20.00. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some trim to dress up the wool jackets-just fun “bling” for a couple of dollars. I’m set for winter and I spent so very little. I really feel like I have a new secret weapon for my clothing! It’s such a great feeling. I owe you all for the tips!

Wow you did hit the jack pot on clothes Barb. To be honest I love getting my things at a thrift store because if I want to change my whole wardrobe for the season I can do it guilt free because I spend less getting all new outfits then most do on 1 items. Another advantage if I stain or tear and outfit I don’t have to stress over it because it didn’t cost me that much. Good show. Sounds like you will be stylin’.

Jill, I tryed the apple cider with the red hots last night, and I had 2 cups of deliciously hot drink to warm me up, and it was yummy. It is such a good recipe and so simple. It’s really good to have to warm up your chilled bones after being outside in the cold, and because there is no caffeine I can even drink it during the evening. Thanks.

Bea in a few days we will be posting my favorite apple cider recipe with cinnamon sticks, brown sugar etc. which I love best of all and is not only yummy but makes the house smell so good while it is simmering.
Plus I wanted to give you a heads up we are posting my favorite fudge recipe and fudge making tips tomorrow. I know you had asked about it before.

i wonder if by chance you can use the redhots to make candy apples on a stick with? maybe adding kero syrup to? hmmm

I love these recipes and made the apples with red hots many times. So good.

my grandmother used to make red hot candy apples every year for Thanksgiving – – – thanks for helping me remember! all of us kids loved them.

Last night I went to 7pm Mass for All Saints Day and came home a little chilled. After that horrible storm Sandy the weather has truly changed, so I wanted something warm and yummy, so I made these apples and relaxed and watched “I Love Lucy” dvds and had a nice evening.

Had to laugh at your being chill. We are having 82 degree weather today. It is crazy.

Jill, ever since that Sandy storm blew thru here it’s been in the 40’s during the day and 20’s at night. That storm did LOTS of damage on the East Coast, but we were spared. Thank God. Many people have been without power though for days in nearby communities, but my area was spared. They even had to get electric company servicemen from Kentucky and Kansas to help and still thousands are without power. There were over 400,000 people that lost power because those winds were horrible. The wind blew in cold weather.

Yes they were showing on tv all the people from Ks heading out there before the storm hit.

On the radio people were talking of how nice those men from Kansas and Kentucky were, and how grateful the people were who got their power on because of them. In the counties around me there were originally over 400,000 that lost power, due to winds blowing down trees onto lines etc. but after 3 days over 248,000 people got their power back on. The winds were SO strong that the men couldn’t even get into the bucket trucks because it was too dangerous, so they had to wait about 48 hours to even begin to work on the lines. I prayed very hard that my town would be spared and thank God it was, but everything was closed for 2 days. Most stores, libraries, banks etc were closed, and there even was a driving bann and curfew. It was bad, and when I looked out of my “tree house windows” I couldn’t believe how the trees was swaying. It was a miracle they didn’t crack. The roof sounded like it was going to be blown off too. It was eerie because the moon was full, and you could see it shining through all the clouds at night. SPOOKY.

My Bea that does sound hair raising and I forgot it was a full moon. I bet you did have some view. I am very proud of our Kansas guys of course we have so many bad thunder storms all the time here that they are pretty good at dealing with that kind of thing. I guess Kansas is dead center where the fronts of weather seem to always clash and that is why we have such violent weather but you guys really did get hit bad and now with cold weather and maybe a blizzard moving in I can’t believe it. I will be praying for you guys.

Ontario hydro workers went down as well and then I started reading stories that the unions told Florida workers that unless they paid union dues they would not be allowed to work.
How could anyone not accept help offered in a time like this?
It just sounds inhumane to me. So many people especially the elderly suffering and the unions saying no we don’t want your help.
I guess it is a case of prepare for anything so you can live without the things we take for granted.

Yes, Thank God Jill for those experienced guys from Kansas and the other areas that helped. It would have be tragic for a lot of people if there wasn’t help from others. Not everyone has a generator, and heat is needed more than anything else this time of year, so it was nice some companies were humane enough to care. Not all people do.
And yes snow is predicted for Thursday. TODAY the sun came out for the first time IN TWO WEEKS!

You. Would also use an apple coring/slicing device to core those apples. Just reassemble them and put some red hit and a pat of butter on them for even ore delicious yuminess. Actually these red hot apples and pretty good for you because you eat the peel and limited flour aka no crust.

Hi just wondering if this recipe gets real hard because I want to use it to make shot glasses. Please advise

I don’t know if it will get hard enough. What I would do is mix 2 Tb. of the candies and 1 Tb. of water. Do as the recipe instructs and let it cool and see if that gets hard enough for you.

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How To Make Candy Apples

Select apples that are not waxed coated. This helps the coating stick easier on your apples. If you can’t find them, try washing the apples at home and drying them well. Apples must be dried before coating.

Also, the type of apple you start with is totally optional. I wouldn’t choose a sweet golden delicious for example since it’s already very sweet. My Dad however would because he would totally be ok with that!

You’ll need a candy/oil thermometer to boil sugar and water to a perfect temperature of 300 degrees F. This temperature is KEY. This is the hard crack stage of sugar.

More than that, you’ll get a tooth breaking crunch. Less than that, you’ll get a sticky candy coating. None are pleasant with apples!

Another thing is the coating process. So once you boil the sugar, water, food coloring till the exact temperature, you’ll need to be as fast as you can dipping the apples in the sugar mixture.

This will help get a small coating only stick to the apples because a thick coating means more tooth breaking crunch—not pleasant!

If you feel the sugar is hardening slightly as you are working, just heat it back on the stove for a few seconds to loosen it back again.

And finally, remember to drain any excess coating off the apple before drying the coating. Again, a thick coating is not good for you tooth!

You want those easy candy apples to have a thin delicate crunch on the outside, not a thick hard one.

Start by washing all of the apples really good. Pat them all dry before you start.

Insert the sticks in each apple. If they don’t stand up straight, you can cut a bit off the bottom to make it flat.

In a small sauce pan, mix together the sugar, water and light corn syrup. Bring it to a boil. You want to make sure it’s heated to about 300 degrees. This will take about 15 to 20 minutes. You can test a small amount of the sugar mixture to see if it’s ready by dropping a small amount in a bowl of cold water. If it forms into a brittle thread, then it’s ready. (see video for example)

Make sure to lay out a piece of parchment paper on the tray you plan to place your apples after you coat them.

Once it’s ready add your food coloring. I used 5 drops of pink, 2 drop of blue and about 5 or 6 drops of pure white. I didn’t mix the white as much as I did the other colors because I wanted to create a swirl effect on the apple. These colors will give you a very vibrant blue color. If you want more of a midnight blue, add one small drop of black to darken up the color a bit. I was using the Wilton Color Right food coloring system. There is a nifty little chart in there that allows you to make some pretty unique colors! I also used the AmeriColor Bright White food coloring too.

Hold the apple by the stick and dip it into the candy coating mixture and place it on your prepared tray to harden. Be sure to turn the apple to coat it evenly. Careful, it’s really hot!

Let me give you a tip so you don’t make the same mistakes I did when I first made these. I started out with a small amount in a glass measuring cup and working on my counter. This was not helpful. I should have mixed the colors directly in the sauce pan on the hot stove. Even though the heat was turned off it still kept the liquid warm. Once the liquid starts to cool it gets really thick. You want this liquid to be thin when you work with it. You want a very thin layer of candy coating on the apple because if it’s too thick I could imagine you could risk breaking a tooth when you tried to eat it. We wouldn’t want that to happen! I always work from the stove top from now on.

Now, for a trick to get that galaxy look! I used a brand new toothbrush for this technique. I placed a small amount of the AmeriColor Bright White food coloring on the very tip of the toothbrush. I gently ran my finger across the brush and flicked the food coloring towards the apple. This is the trick to getting those perfect little stars!

Candied Apples - Recipes

People who need to cut down on their sugar miss out on one of the most fun parts of the harvest season&mdashcandy apples (or candied apples, as some people call them). But thanks to pastry chef extraordinaire Bill Yosses and SPLENDA®, no one need go candy-apple-less anymore. Using SPLENDA® plus a high fructose honey* (which often can be enjoyed by diabetics) means that more people can participate in this popular treat.

*Check with your healthcare provider and try Savannah Bee Company&rsquos Black Sage honey.

Grab a heavy-bottom saucepan, waxed paper, rubber gloves and candy apple dowels (or Popsicle-type sticks from a candy-making supply store), and let the fun begin!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes. Cook Time: 20 minutes.

Ingredients (Per Apple)

  • 6-8 red apples&dagger (we prefer Mcintosh or Gala, which have a firmer texture than Delicious)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups SPLENDA Sugar Blend for Baking
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 6-8 drops red food coloring

&daggerAmount coated will depend on size of apples

    Prepare apples by washing and drying each one and inserting the stick or dowel vertically into the top of the apple, at the stem. Grease a piece of wax paper and set aside.

Note: This recipe includes extra syrup to aid in rolling the candy over the apples. The extra candy can be discarded by immersing the cooled pot of candy coating into a sink filled with warm water.

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Enjoy Making Red Candy Apples for Halloween
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Old Fashioned Red Candy Apples

This original red candy apple recipe makes a shiny bright red candied apple similar to the ones you get at the fall fairs.

Two cups granulated sugar, one-half cup light corn syrup, one-quarter cup water, red food coloring, one-half teaspoon cinnamon flavoring, twelve red apples, twelve wooden skewers.

Cook the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and water in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking without stirring until the syrup is brittle when tested in cold water.

During the cooking, any sugar crystals thrown on the sides of the pan should be carefully wiped down with a wet cloth.

Remove the syrup from the heat and set at once over hot water. Add coloring and flavoring and mix well.

Insert the skewers, which can be purchased from the butcher, in the blossom end of the apples. Hold each apple by the skewer and plunge into the hot syrup.

Draw the apple out quickly and twirl it until the syrup is spread smoothly over the apple.

Place apples with the skewer end down in a wire cake rack, which has been placed over a large bowl, so that the apple does not touch anything while hardening.

These apples should be made the day they will be used.

Cinnamon Red Hot Candy Apples

Enjoy Hot Cinnamon Flavored Red Candy Apples
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2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups corn syrup
1/3 cup hot cinnamon hearts candy, or cinnamon red hots
1 cup water
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cloves
3/4 teaspoon red food coloring
6 of your favorite type of eating apple, medium size
6 wooden skewers (often found in the produce department)

First prepare the apples for candy coating by washing them and removing the stems. Take a skewer and stab it right into the middle of the apple at its blossom end, and repeat for each apple.

Be careful not to poke the skewer through the other side of the apple though.

If wooden skewers are unavailable, a Popsicle stick with one end sharpened can be used in a pinch.

In a small or medium sized saucepan set on medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon candies, and water. Stir and keep stirring until everything is dissolved.

Then stir some more just to make sure it's all dissolved. Once everything is dissolved, add cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, and food coloring to the mix.

Now boil mixture to 300°F on the candy thermometer, or until the syrup is slightly brittle when tested in cold water.

Remove from heat and quickly dip your apples into your candy coating and be sure to coat them well. Slowly twirling the apple will help spread the syrup over the apple.

Place them with the skewer pointing up on waxed paper or a greased cookie sheet and allow them to harden.

They will be quite hot for a while so make sure you let them cool completely to room temperature before eating! Try this candied apple recipe today.

Red Candy Apples

15 apples
15 wooden craft sticks
2 cups white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1-1/2 cups water
8 or 9 drops red food coloring

To make this red candy apple recipe, first lightly grease 2 or 3 cookie sheets. Insert craft sticks into whole, stemmed apples.

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat to 300 to 310°F (149 to 154°C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring.

Holding an apple by its stick, dip in syrup and remove and turn to coat evenly. Place on prepared sheets to harden.

Gourmet Salty Caramel Apples Recipe

Candy Caramel Apples Dipped and Ready to Decorate
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Melting Chocolate Chips

You can also melt the chocolate chips easily in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30-40 seconds on LOW power, stir, and repeat until you have a bowl of creamy, melted chocolate. Watch carefully to prevent scorching.

6 Granny Smith apples
6 wooden candy apple sticks or skewers
1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Extra chocolate chips for decorating

Insert wooden candy apple sticks or skewers 3/4 of the way into the stem end of each apple. Combine caramels and water in a saucepan over low to medium heat.

Stir often to get a smooth caramel mixture. Dip apples into hot caramel and carefully twirl to produce an even coating.

Place caramel-coated apples standing up on a sheet of foil or a cookie sheet for easy decorating and cooling. Sprinkle evenly with the coarse salt and place in the fridge.

Melt chocolate chips in a small pot over boiling water while stirring until the melted chocolate is smooth and creamy. Randomly drizzle melted chocolate over the apples.

Sprinkle with the extra chocolate chips. Return to refrigerator to cool until ready to serve and eat.

For decorating variations, drizzle with white chocolate, sprinkle with chopped nuts or candy sprinkles or 24K edible gold flakes.

This homemade caramel apple recipe offers a whole new twist on the traditional red candy apple recipe, and the results taste sensational. Sweet and salty! Who can resist?

About the Red Candy Apple Recipes

Everyone Loves Eating a Homemade Candy Apple

The gourmet caramel apple recipe is bound to become a Halloween favorite. You'll love the sensational sweet and salty taste of the chewy caramel taffy combined with the freshness of the Granny Smith apple. Absolutely delicious!

When I went out trick-or-treating as a youngster, the houses that gave out homemade candy apples always had the longest lineups of kids.

One year, we altered our costumes a bit and got back in line at the same hous hoping to get another one. Sneaky, eh? Unfortunately for us, when we had gotten to the door, there were no more apples left!

These easy red candy apple recipes can also be used on other special occasions. For instance, why not serve red and green candy apples at Christmas time as a special treat?

And just imagine giving red or pink candy apples for an edible gift on St. Valentines Day, or how about pastel blue, or green ones at Easter?

Be creative and enjoy making your own taffy apples on a stick this Halloween. Kids of all ages love to eat them anytime!