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How To Make Candy Apples For Halloween

A candy apple covered with candy eyeballs.

When it comes to Halloween, I always crave candy apples. That’s why I’m showing you how to make candy apples with creepy candy eyeballs stuck all over them! Plus, I’m using a candy apple kit, so you just need to add water and sugar to the candy mix.

WATCH MY VIDEO ABOVE because I’m showing you a few tips on how to get that thin crispy candy layer.

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5 Tips On How To Make Candy Apples

Tip 1: Sprinkle sugar on the parchment paper.

That way the candy apple sticks to the sugar. And that means you can transfer your candy apples to another plate after they cool.

Tip 2: Don’t turn on the heat yet.

Before you turn on the heat, use a small whisk and stir the mixture until combined. It should look like this. Heat up the candy mixture on low to medium heat.

Tip 3: Leave the candy mixture alone.

Once you turn on the heat, don’t stir the candy mixture anymore. Let it do its thing. Once it reaches 302 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer, then, turn off the heat.

Tip 4: Be VERY careful.

The candy syrup is EXTREMELY HOT! Keep an eye on the syrup at all times.

Tip 5: Thin and crispy is the way to go.

I love biting into a thin crispy candy layer, so I only like to dip the apple into the candy mixture and rotate it once or twice. Then, quickly remove the apple and place it on the baking sheet. If you want a thicker candy layer, rotate the apple in the candy mixture three or four times. Let it cool for 15 minutes, and then stick on the candy eyeballs.

Let your candy apples completely cool before serving. If you make these the day before, make sure to store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

Other Things You Need To Make Candy Apples

2 Tips About The Candy Apple Kit

  • The candy apple kit comes with sticks, but I like these sharp apple sticks instead because it feels more secure in the apple, especially when you turn it.
  • I suggest buying 2 candy apple kits, just in case you burn the first one. The hard crack stage of the candy syrup is 302 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t watch it carefully, it can quickly burn and turn brown. At this point, it will smell burnt and taste bitter. So, you’re better off throwing it out and starting over. Buy 2 candy apple kits and save yourself the headache!

What Type of Apple Should I Use To Make Candy Apples?

Tart apples, like granny smith, are best for making candy apples because the sugary coating nicely compliments the tartness of the apple. Otherwise, it’ll be an overload of sweetness. If you’re in Canada, I love using McIntosh apples in this candy apple recipe.

In my video, I’m using a Fuji apple because for some reason, the Fuji’s at my grocery store aren’t very sweet.

Here’s a helpful apple guide outlining various apples and their corresponding sweetness.

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How To Make Candy Apples For Halloween

When it comes to Halloween, I always crave candy apples. That’s why I’m showing you how to make candy apples with creepy candy eyeballs stuck all over them! Plus, I’m using a candy apple kit, so you just need to add water and sugar to the candy mix.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy apple recipe, how to make candy apples
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 candy apples
Author Chewable Structures

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 Candy apple kit (by Concord Foods)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2.5 cups sugar
  • 10 small apples (2.5” to 3” in diameter)

Instructions

Procedure:

  1. Watch my recipe video here: https://youtu.be/LHY7-4MKRMU
  2. Wash and dry the apples. Remove the apple stem and pierce the top of the apple with a sharp candy stick.
  3. The following instructions are for a candy apple mix. (Note: Follow the instructions for your candy apple mix.)
  4. Line a flat baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Tip: Sprinkle sugar on the parchment paper. The base of the candy apple will stick to the sugar, which helps prevent the candy apply from sticking to other surfaces when you remove it from the parchment paper.
  6. In a medium sized pot, add the candy mix, sugar and water.
  7. Tip: Using a small whisk, stir the mixture until combined.
  8. Heat up the candy mixture on low to medium heat
  9. Tip: Do not stir the mixture anymore. Leave it alone and let it heat up. Be very careful! s
  10. Using a candy thermometer, heat up the candy mixture until it reaches 302°F. Turn off the heat.

  11. Holding the wooden candy stick, dip the apple into the candy mixture and rotate once or twice. Then, quickly remove the apple and place on the baking sheet.

  12. Let it cool for 15 minutes, then add the candy eyeballs.

  13. Let it completely cool before eating. If you want to prepare these the day before, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Other things you need to make candy apples

Candy apple kit by Concord Foods

Apple sticks

Wilton candy eyeballs

Candy thermometer

Notes:

1.These are the instructions for Concord Foods Candy Apple Kit. If you use different candy apple kit, follow the instructions on the kit. 

2. Tart apples, like granny smith, is best for making candy apples because the sugary coating nicely compliments the tartness of the apple. If you’re in Canada, I would use McIntosh apples. Here’s a helpful apple guide outlining various apples and their corresponding sweetness.

3. Keep a close eye on the candy mixture when it’s on the stove, because there’s a small window where the candy reaches the correct temperature, then immediately burns. The mixture should be a bright red color. If it starts to turn dark red or brown, then it’s already burnt. (It will also smell burnt). If this is your first time making candy apples, you might want to buy 2 candy apple kits, just in case you burn the first one!

4. When the candy mixture is ready, I like to tilt the pot, dip the apple into the candy mixture, and rotate once or twice. This will give you a thin, crispy outer layer of candy. If you rotate the candy apple in the mixture too long, you’ll get a thick outer candy crust that’s hard to bite into.

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