Remember the witch in Snow White and the poison apple? It got me thinking, and inspired
this next DIY.
Poison apples! Well, not really poison, but Candy Apples.
I never made them before and thought I’d give them a try and I’m so glad I did!
They are surprising easy to make with only a few ingredients and don’t take too much time either.
These apples are covered with a hard, sweet candy covering. The kind you lick until you get to the apple.
Just like a tootsie pop sucker. I know they seem to be popular at fairs.
The ingredients are simple and few.
- apples (washed, dried & stems removed) room temperature (important) amount of apples depends on the size you use. (I’m using fairly large apples)
- 3 cups of white sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or any flavoring you like (I used grape flavoring)
- Candy apple wooden sticks
- Purple Food Coloring (I used Wilton)
- Cookie Sheet
- Non-stick Spray
- Heavy Duty Sauce Pan or a Double Boiler (I used a heavy pan)
- Candy Thermometer
- Rubber Spatula
Combine white sugar, corn syrup and water in your pan and stir just a few times. (It comes together quickly)
Insert candy thermometer and clip on side of pan with the thermometer in the mixture but not touching the bottom of pan. Turn heat on medium and leave alone until it reaches 300 degrees.
While it is heating, coat a cookie sheet with a non-stick spray, and insert the sticks into your apples.
When the temperature reaches 300 degrees turn off the heat and quickly, but gently, stir in your flavoring and coloring. I used 1/2 tsp. of purple food coloring. This gives the apple a very dark color, which I was after.
Next, you must move very quickly. Dip the apple in the purple sugar mixture, tilting the pan to help coat the apple entirely. (the sugar is very hot, be careful)
The mixture will be dripping off the apple. Let it drip for a few moments and quickly place on the greased cookie sheet and continue with the next apple. The apples will harden very quickly.
(Sorry I don’t have pictures of dipping. This is a very fast process because the sugar is thick and wants to harden, so you must work quickly.)
I was so pleased with the way the apples turned out that I set aside one of the apples to make a little vignette in my kitchen complete with a Witches Spell Book, of course.
Come back tomorrow to get the template and the instructions on the Witches Spell Book.