How to Make Perfect Candy Apples

by Elizabeth Wiley

Make Candy Apples just like at the fair! These are perfect for Fall Treats!


  • 2 Cups Granulated sugar
  • ¾ Cups Water
  • ½ Cups Light corn syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon red food coloring (or any color!)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon extract (optional)
  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 6 Skewers (can also use Popsicle sticks)
  • 1 Candy thermometer
  • 1 Parchment paper/wax paper or silicon (Silpat)
  • 1 Vegetable oil spray (Pam)
  • 1 4 qt saucepan
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Take a piece of parchment paper place on a cookie sheet and spray well with vegetable spray. Set aside.

    Step 2

    Or place Silpat or silicon mat on cookie sheet or counter. Set aside.

    Step 3

    Wash apples really well.

    Step 4

    Place apples upside down on a towel. Pat dry.

    Step 5

    Place skewers in apples. You may have to use a little force. If your skewers are too short make sure it doesn't go down too far-you don't want to burn your hand while dipping.

    Step 6

    Spray measuring cup with vegetable oil before adding corn syrup (it will slide out easier).

    Step 7

    Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, food coloring and flavorings and stir until blended.

    Step 8

    Place saucepan on medium heat. Make sure candy thermometer is attached or sits up in pan. Cook mixture to hard crack stage 290 - 310 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Step 9

    Mixture at 260 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not leave mixture while cooking-the temperature jumps extremely fast and will quickly burn.

    Step 10

    Mixture at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Ready to dip!

    Step 11

    Place saucepan sturdy on the counter and begin to dip apples. If children are helping, please keep them back while dipping.

    Step 12

    Quickly dip apples twice and place on cooking sheet. If candy begins to harden just place back on heat until back to softball stage temperature 290-310 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Step 13

    Let apples cool about 15-20 minutes.

    Step 14

    Serve! If you're not eating the apples right away- wrap them in cellophane bags or even plastic wrap. Depending on where you live, leaving them out uncovered makes them sticky.

    Step 15