Candy apples are kind of a lost treat. When and IF I can find them at a fair I have to buy them. They are a rare treat for me. It's not nearly as it's common brother, the caramel apple (which I love too). But I think I love the candy apple because it's so rare. That crunchy, sticky, cinnamony candy over a tart crisp apple is just heaven as the juice from the apple runs down your chin!
Well, being Fall, Halloween and just that time of year, I gave my all out attempt at candy apples today. I LOVE to cook anyway but I am NOT a baker (there is a difference, you know).
And it worked really well. BUT finding red hots, or cinnamon imperials, was the hard part. No one seems to carry them anymore! I finally found some at my very local market by my house. Guess I should have checked there first.
It really was a simple recipe:
•8 wooden skewers
•2 cups granulated sugar
•1 cup light corn syrup
•1/2 cup hot water
•1/2 cup red cinnamon candies, like Red Hots
1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Wash and dry the apples carefully. Remove the stems, and stick the skewers firmly in the stem ends.
3. Combine the water, corn syrup and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then continue to cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 250 degrees. Wash down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush occasionally to prevent crystallization.
4. Once the candy reaches 250, add the cinnamon candies and stir briefly to incorporate. Continue to cook, washing down the sides, until it reaches 285 degrees.
5. Remove from the heat and stir the candy so that it is smooth and even. Hold an apple by the skewer and dip it in the candy, tilting the pan at an angle and rotating the apple to cover it completely with a smooth, even layer. Bring it out of the candy and twirl it to remove excess, then set it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
Worked great and had a few drops left over for lollypops on sticks.
Now comes the impatient time of letting it cool and harden!!