I have to be totally honest, when I started working on this post and decided to make candy apples I'd never actually had a candy apple before and neither had June! I just thought they look pretty and were the perfect colors and theme for our red and black halloween week, but now I can say that both June and I are full blown candy apple lovers!
For this recipe you'll need:
6 Red delicious apples
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/4 tbsp red food coloring
1/8 tbsp black food coloring
Start by removing stems, and skewer apples with your sticks. Then in a sauce pan over high heat with a candy thermometer attached, heat sugar, water, and light corn syrup stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil until mixture reaches 300 degrees then remove from heat. Add in your red food coloring (I didn't actually measure how much I used but 1/4 tbsp is a pretty good estimate, really you can't mess this up too much;), stir to fully incorporate the red coloring. Then dip your apples in one at a time rolling it around it a bit to get it fully coated. Then transfer your apples to a greased baking sheet and let it cool, about 10 minutes
Then I had a little fun with the color and texture! I added a bit of the glitter black food coloring but didn't fully stir it in at first to get those black streaks in the apple you see above on the left. For the creepy bubbly apple on the right I let the sugar mixture cool ever so slightly so it didn't coat the apple perfectly, I love how it turned out! Feels a little more creepy for halloween!
As for displaying your apples I went with a slightly eerie scene. Once your apples have cooled you can break off the "puddle" of candy that forms around the bottom of it for a nice clean presentation but since it IS almost halloween after all I chose to leave the puddle in place to give the effect of a puddle of blood. Then I poured a little extra candy mixture onto the pan itself to create the extra puddles. Then I used one of my black crows and perched him as if he was drinking the blood for extra creep factor!
I mean if you can't do stuff like this on halloween when can you?
I hope y'all will give this recipe a try, I promise it will not disappoint!
Soma & Ulte