Red Candy Apples, perfect for a Halloween trick-or-trick bag. They might not be too spooky, although the bright red looks pretty bloody. Kids will love them, they look fun and making them is super easy.
Halloween may be a Western product, but it has certainly become very popular all over the world. I don’t really dress myself up, but l like the idea of carving pumpkins, decorating the house with scary stuff and so on. After all, it’s all about having fun. And this couldn’t have taken place in any other season than Fall. Such a colourful season!
Now, red candy apples are a great choice for a Halloween house party, or just a little treat for the little and big ones who like to get into the Halloween spirit. You can decorate them the way you like it once they’ve been coated in candy: sprinkles, chopped nuts, or desiccated coconut.
Or, why wait till Halloween, you can make these super easy candy apples any time of the year. Let’s see how to make them!
HOW TO MAKE RED CANDY APPLES
- in a pan, add the sugar, water and vinegar, and bring it to a boil on a low heat
- leave to simmer until the sugar is melted and the caramel thickens slightly, then add the red food colouring
- insert a skewer through each apple, then dip one apple at the time, tilting the pan to ensure an even coating
Tips to make the best candy apples
One thing you have to keep in mind when making these candy apples is that you have to act quickly.
Once the pan is off the heat, the candy sauce hardens very quickly. If you choose to decorate them with chopped nuts or sugar sprinkles, you’d have to do it as soon as the apples have been coated in candy.
A non-stick baking paper can be a life saver, if you place the coated apples straight on a plate, they will stick to it and you’ll have some hard time trying to remove them off the plate. Red food colouring is optional if you really don’t like the idea of using food colouring, or you can use any other colour you like.
I find that the paste food colouring is the best, a small amount of colour gives a shiny bright red. If you don’t have wooden skewers, you can use lollipop holders, chopsticks or anything that helps you hold the apples while you dip them in candy. But that’s pretty much everything, so do give them a try!
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Red Candy Apples, perfect for a Halloween trick-or-trick bag. They might not be too spooky, although the bright red looks pretty bloody, isn't it? Kids will love them, they look fun and making them is super easy.
- 4 smaller red apples
- 1 cup caster or granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1/8 tsp red food colouring
Place the sugar, water and vinegar in a saucepan and bring them to a boil over a low heat, then leave to simmer until the caramel thickens slightly.
Keep an eye on it, as the sugar melts and the mixture thickens pretty quickly.
Wash and dry the apples well, then stick wooden skewers down into the apples about halfway through.
Once the mixture coats the back of a spatula, add the red food colouring, give it a stir, turn off the heat, then quickly dip the apples, tilting the pan for an even coating.
Allow any excess to drip back in the pan.
Place the apples on a non-stick baking sheet, you will see that the candy hardens almost straight away.