The Perfect Candy Apple Bar

How to make this fun fall treat into a fun fall activity

Create this easy party station for your next fall party!

Pulling together creepy foods for your Halloween party is always a fun challenge. You’ve created a bone-chilling décor scheme and have all of the proper accoutrements to create a creepy display, but you’re missing something if you can’t have a little interactive fun with your food.

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When candy apple season arrives, the appeal of sinking our teeth into their candy-coated exteriors is practically irresistible. This fall snack is a staple for any trip to the pumpkin patch or farmers' market, and kids love the tangy bite of the apple mixed with the crunch of candy. But candy apples aren’t just for fall snacking — they are for playing, too!

Making your own version of this tasty treat is easy to master. But to turn it into a fun fall activity, you want to make more than an apple encased in a hard candy shell. For your next Halloween party, setting up a candy apple bar helps to not only have a fun themed treat for your party, but it also gives guests something great to do. The best part is, setting up is easy, inexpensive, and makes for a delicious party snack! Just follow our tips on how to make the best candy apple bar for your party.

  • 6 Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Sticks
  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Insert a stick
    into the top of the apples and set aside.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper, sprayed with
    cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, mix the sugar, corn syrup and
    water and attach the candy thermometer to the side of the pan, ensuring that
    the bottom reaches the mixture.
  4. Cook the mixture over medium heat, until the candy
    thermometer reaches 300 degrees.
  5. Remove the pan from heat and stir in red food coloring
    until desired color is reached.
  6. Dip each apple into the melted sugars, allowing access
    to drip off. Dip each apple 2-3 times before setting them on the sprayed wax
    paper to set.

Candy Apple Recipe

  • 8-10 apples – wash and dry
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • food coloring ((optional))
  • flavor extract ((optional))
  1. Place a bamboo skewer into each apple. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and have it ready for the candy apples to cool on.
  2. Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, food coloring and flavor extract into a large saucepan over high heat with a candy thermometer.
  3. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and then turn down to medium high heat and let it continue to bubble and reach 305 degrees (hard crack on a candy thermometer)
  4. Once the temperature is reached remove the mixture from the stove and dip the apples in one at a time. You want to spin them in the mixture until well coated and then remove them and continue to spin so the excess mixture falls back into the saucepan.
  5. Place the apples onto the parchment lined cookie sheet to cool. Serve immediately or wrap within a few hours. They will last about 2-3 days at room temperature.

Supplies Needed- Candy thermometer, bamboo sticks and parchment paper

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How to Make Perfect Candy Apples

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Candy apples are a classic treat enjoyed in autumn, especially around Halloween. This guide on how to make perfect candy apples offers tips and advice on preparing delicious candy apples.

The candy apple is prepared by dipping fresh
apples into a candy coating, and allowing for it to dry, creating a hard candy shell. The coating can be dyed using food coloring to match any theme, and a number of toppings can be added to the candy apple to suit any taste. While the recipe is simple to follow, candy apples should be prepared with caution and with the supervision of an adult, as the candy coating becomes hot as it cooks.

Preparing candy apples can be a fun project for cooks of all ages and skill level. Read on to learn how to make perfect candy apples.

1. Wooden skewers or popsicle sticks

* 2. Buy them at your local grocery or

party supply store.
* 3. You can also buy bamboo skewers and cut them in half.

* 5. A candy thermometer is very important, especially if you’re making candy apples for the first time. You’ll need it to make sure your heated sugar reaches the right stage of completion. Judging otherwise can easily lead you to burnt or underdone coatings. However, the thermometer is not necessary if you are just melting chocolate.

* 6. Make sure your thermometer’s accurate. Being off by just a few degrees can mean the difference between delicious and burnt. To check its accuracy, clip on your candy thermometer and set a pot of water to boil. The thermometer should read 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius when the water is boiling. If not, note what temperature it reads at and adjust for the difference.

7. Pot for making the candy coating

8. Second container, bigger than your cooking pot

* 9. If you heat your coating to a high enough temperature, you’ll fill this container with cold water to submerge and cool the pot with your candy apple coating.

10. Tray or baking sheet (for completed apples)

* 11. Aluminum foil: you’ll need this if you do not want to put your finished apples directly on an oiled baking sheet, tray, or serving platter.

* 12. Alternatively, you can top your baking sheet with a silpat mat.

13. Measuring cups and spoons

15. Pastry brush, to keep sugar from crystallizing as you work

16. Extra bowls for additional toppings

Making a candy apple is about pairing the sweetness of candy with the right apple. It’s exquisite to pair a tart apple with a sweet candy exterior. Of course, if you can’t stand tart apples, then pick a sweeter one. However, you want to eschew varieties like Red Delicious, which lacks the firmness required for candy apples, and Rome Beauty, which is primarily used in
baking. Recommended apples include:

* * Braeburn: Golden-green to red skin, firm, sweetly tart

* * Fuji: Yellow-green skin, firm, sweet

* * Golden Delicious: golden skin, firm, sweet

* * Granny Smith: green skin, very firm, tart

* * Jonathan: Yellow-red skin, firm, sweetly tart

* * Jonagold: A hybrid of Jonathan and Golden Delicious, firm skin, tangily sweet

* * Lady: Red to yellow skin, firm, sweetly tart

* * McIntosh: Reddish-green skin, firm, sweetly tart

1. Choose smaller apples – they’ll be easier to make, easier to eat, and will give you a better candy to apple ratio!

2. Store-bought apples are usually coated with wax, which makes it more difficult to coat them. If possible, buy apples at a farmer’s market. Or you can go apple picking and get your own fresh off the tree!

3. If you have no choice but to use wax-coated apples, quickly dip them in boiling water and then wipe away the wax coating.
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/1024274. Chill the apples in the refrigerator until you’re ready to start making candy apples.

* Get everything gathered before you put the sugar on the stove. You don’t want to rush off for your pastry brush and come back to find a pot full of crystallized sugar.

1. Put your pastry brush in a cup of warm water.

2. Butter your baking sheet or tray (or aluminum foil) so it’s ready to hold coated apples.

How to Make Candy Apples

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Candy apples are a great fall treat that's easy to make and tastes great. There are two different types of candy coating: chocolate and candy. Chocolate apples can be made with white, milk, or dark chocolate. If you use colored bakers chocolate, you can make them in even more colors. Candy apples can be made in just about any color if you add white gel food coloring, the candy coating will turn opaque. They are perfect not just for Halloween, but for other themed events as well, including birthdays and weddings.

People who love black licorice will flip for these assertively flavored candies. They’ll be not-quite-black without the food coloring but still very cool looking.

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Candy Apple Lollipops

Confession: Fall isn’t my favorite season. I always assumed disliking fall was just a given, something everyone felt.

And maybe it’s because I was a little biased. I mean, when you grow up in Alaska, fall = winter is coming. And winter = cold darkness for the foreseeable future.

But it could also be because I never really submerged myself in fall foods (i.e. douse myself in pumpkin spice lattes, solely eat butternut squash, put cinnamon on my breakfast cereal, you know).

So this year I’m changing things up. I’m going to eat my way into liking fall! I may come out a few pounds heavier, but that’s just a risk I’m willing to take.

Starting with apples. Candy Apple Lollipops to be exact. I wanted to find a way that would enable you to enjoy candy apples: 1) without committing to a whole apple, 2) without accidentally pulling your mouth retainer out, and 3) that balance out the proportion of candy to apples.

But these sure gave me a run for my money! Here are some things that happened before I arrived at the perfect Candy Apple Lollipops:

Candy Apple Kit Tips

We&rsquore keeping it old school here today with these glossy candy apples! Not only are they pretty, they&rsquore pretty delicious. Maybe even a bit healthy too. Not bad for a kid-friendly party treat.

Using a candy apple kit

The candy apple kits at the grocery store were calling our name and my kids convinced me that we needed to give them a try. If you&rsquore thinking about making candy apples too, let me give you a few tips for success.

How do you make candy apples at home?

The simplest way to make DIY homemade candy apples is with a kit. It comes with everything you need other than the apples however the instructions can be a little hard to follow. We used a Concord Foods candy apple kit and if you follow the instructions, you might end up with the same problem we did.

Tips for making perfect candy apples

Even using a candy apple kit, our first attempt was a fail. So, I want to save you some trouble here.

Use a candy thermometer

We found that the liquid candy does not need to get all the way to 302 degrees per the package instructions. I wasn&rsquot about to get the candy to that temperature without burning it.

So the second time around making these, when the liquid candy coating had been boiling awhile, I noticed it started to smell different at around 250 degrees&mdashit smelled like it was about to burn. Remembering the smell from the first failed attempt, I shut the heat off and quickly dipped the apples. They came out perfect. The candy hardened just it like was supposed.

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I actually highly recommend a digital candy thermometer so you can get an instant reading. Since timing is important, waiting around to check the temperature can be tricky. Shop digital candy thermometers on Amazon

Other than the temperature issue, the Concord Food candy apple kit was great. The candy apples were super easy to make, they tasted great and they looked amazing! These candy apples would be perfect for a fall party or just a fall afternoon activity.

Be quick and careful!

One last tip I&rsquoll give you is that I noticed you have to dip the apples right away. The candy cools quickly and if you are too slow you can end up with bubbles. So to get bubble-free candy apples, you gotta be quick! And careful not to burn yourself. 😉

What is the best apple for candy apples?

You can use red, green or even yellow apples. However, I personally really like green apples because of how their sour flavor contrasts with the sweet candy coating. The skin is also pretty thick so it can withstand the heat of the melted candy against it pretty well.

Recipe Summary

  • 8 apples
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • ½ cup white corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 cinnamon red hot candies
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring

Insert a wooden craft stick into the bottom of each apple. Butter a baking sheet and set aside.

Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Heat, without stirring, to 270 to 290 degrees F (132 to 143 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard but pliable threads. Remove from heat and stir in candies and food coloring until just mixed.

Holding each apple by its stick, quickly twirl in syrup, tilting pan to cover apple. Lift out of syrup, turning to allow drips to adhere to apple. Place apples on prepared baking sheet to cool completely.