Homemade Candy Apples
Ruby-red candy apples are made with a sweet sugar candy coating, and crisp, tart Granny Smith apples. They are a classic treat that's perfect for fall and winter!
Wash the apples under hot water, to remove any wax from the apple skin. Dry the apples, remove the stems, and refrigerate while you prepare the candy.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, honey, and water. Stir well to combine.
Cover the saucepan with a lid, and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the candy is very bubbly, remove the lid.
Attach a candy thermometer to the saucepan. Allow the candy to boil until it reaches 290°F, and much of the water has evaporated. This should take between 20 and 30 minutes.
When the candy has reached 290°F, add the red food coloring (be careful, as this will make it boil even harder for a moment).
When the mixture reaches 300°F, remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir the candy mixture gently and allow it to cool slightly.
Take the apples out of the refrigerator, and push the popsicle or lollipop sticks into the stem ends. Using heatproof gloves, tilt the saucepan up at an angle, and dip the apples one by one, rolling the apples in the candy all the way up to the sticks.
Let the excess candy drip off of the apples to create a tin candy shell. Place the apples one by one on a tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Allow to completely cool and serve.
Serving: 1candied apple | Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 118g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 111g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg