Sunday, September 18, 2011

~Candy Apples~



The Martha Stewart Show, October Fall 2005
  • Yield Makes 6 medium or 12 mini candy apples


  • Unsalted butter, for parchment paper
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring, (optional)
  • 6 medium apples, or 12 lady apples


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; butter parchment, and set aside. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, corn syrup, and food coloring, if using. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-high. Insert candy thermometer and continue to boil until temperature reaches between 300 degrees and 310 degrees (hard crack stage), about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, insert a wooden stick into the top of each apple, pushing about halfway through; set aside. When mixture reaches temperature, immediately remove from heat. Working quickly, dip apples in sugar mixture until completely coated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; allow to cool.

Summer is drawing to a close and consequently the evenings are crisper and the days are becoming a little more tolerable as the heat begins to end its debut.  I'm not opposed to fall coming at all.  In fact, we are continuing to garden through the fall season so I'm in not missing Miss Summer one bit. 

On this particular late summer day, as the days become a sum-of-their-parts kind of thing, I've found the perfect family fun activity; candy apple making!  Since we are working with a hot, sticky liquid similar to hot glue, I've embarked on this cooking adventure solo until the dangerous part is accomplished.  To make this a hands-on activity for Gabriel and Sarah, I decided to give them the opportunity to add festive Halloween sprinkles to their apples once they were no longer hot. 

Do you fall in love with fall? 

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Here is the super-hot sugar mixture. Make sure to stir the pot often so that the sugar doesn't burn. Most importantly, make sure to keep the children at a safe distance away from the pot. 
An old maple tree provided six lovely handles for our candy apples. 
In retrospect, I should have removed some of the excess sugar from the bottom of the apple before setting it onto the parchment paper.  
After the candy apples cooled for a few minutes, the children enjoyed pressing festive Halloween sprinkles into the sugar glaze.
This was a fun activity for the children that was both affordable and fun!  They even got to show some creativity by artfully arranging sprinkles on their candy apples.
Gabriel enjoyed his candy apple.
What did Sarah think?
Sweet Sarah was thrilled.

~Just Dessert~


Anonymous said...

Adorable! I am more of a caramel apple person, but candy apples are good, too.
I'm so excited because for the first time in a very long time I will have a real Autumn. I already have plans for a day of hayrides and corn mazes.
So happy to not be campaigning!!!

The Green Mama said...

Thank you! I'm more of a caramel apple person too. However, I happened to have all of the ingredients for this already.

Enjoying all of the fun fall festivities is a must! Glad that you have the time to do so this year.

Live Well,