Candy apples are a childhood staple. Give them a creepy Halloween spin with these poisoned candy apples.
Every year, Pottery Barn sends us this amazing catalog filled with holiday decor. I long for their Christmas parties and their beautiful Thanksgiving spread, filled with pumpkin soup bowls and turkey napkin rings. But what I really want most is their Halloween party-scape. They really know how to do it up right with the decor.
These poisoned candy apples would most certainly fit into the Pottery Barn Halloween bash. Or any bash, for that matter. It doesn’t have to be a posh event to enjoy a sticky, sweet yet tarty candy apple. For a long time, I thought you could only snag these babies at the local fair or carnival in the summer. I’d spend my days pining for them, wishing summer would hurry so I could eat them. But they are so easy to make at home, there’s no reason to wait!
A word of caution, you’re dealing with hot sugar here. Be careful and work quickly as the sugar hardens the more it cools. Have all of your supplies ready to go – place the sticks in the apples, have your food dye open and ready, line your baking tray with parchment. Once that sugar hits the right temperature, you have to dip quickly. The hardest part, however, is waiting for the sugar to harden! Or maybe the hardest part is not eating these all yourself…
I tinted mine a purplish black for Halloween. Feel free to dip dye them any color you want or maybe even leave the sugar clear. But for this spooky holiday, definitely go creepy!
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 6 Granny Smith apples
- food dye in purple and black (gel colors work best)
- 6 lollipop sticks
- Place the lollipop sticks into the center of the apples. Place them near the stove.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set that near the stove. Also open your food dye and set it close by.
- In a sauce pan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Heat to 310 degrees (hard ball stage). Once it hits this stage, work quickly.
- Put a few drops of the purple and black dye into the pot and stir until you reach your desired color.
- Grab the apples by the stick. Tilt the pan slightly on the side and place the apple into the sugar. Using the stick, twist the apple until is completely coated. Remove and place on the parchment sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining apples. Allow to harden completely for about one hour.