Poison Candy Apples Recipe: These stunning poison candy apples are surprisingly quick easy and a hauntingly spooky addition to your Halloween treat spread.
This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
You guys know I love apple recipes this time of year! From the comments on my Apple Crumble Pie to Gourmet Caramel apples, I can see you loved them too!
But nothing got as much love as my Candy Apples! You all loved the “Take A Bite” tag so I knew I needed to come up with an official Poisoned Candy Apple recipe for my blog.
Don’t let the elegant gleaming shine fool you, these poisoned apples are so easy to make. Let’s get started!
To make this simple candy apple recipe at home you will need:
- 6 Granny Smith Apples
- 2 1/2 cups sugar *I prefer Dixie Crystals brand
- ½ cup corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- Black Food Coloring
It will be helpful if you have a candy thermometer. If you don’t have one you can still make this recipe. You can test little spoonfuls for doneness by lifting out of the pan and seeing if it hardens. When it’s done, a hard little candy string should form. If the sugar drips off, its not done!
I love using natural sticks for this recipe. It kind of helps play into the spooky witch vibe and gives an eerie appearance. Alternatively, you can use candy sticks.
I gathered my sticks from my backyard and washed and dried them overnight. In the past, I have even applied glitter to mine.
Preparing the apples
Preparing the apples properly is so important! Make sure you thoroughly wash your apples with produce wash and completely dry them. If there is any residual wax or water on the apples, the candy coating will slip off.
Making the candy
Making the candy for poisoned apples is extremely easy! Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a pot. You will want to use a medium to large pot, because once the mixture comes to a boil it will almost double in volume for a few minutes.
Stir constantly to avoid any crystals from forming. Cook your candy until it reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer or “hard crack stage”.
Getting the perfect coating
To get that perfect, flawless coating you will want to dip your apples immediately. I like to dip them two times.
Be sure to let the access candy drip off before placing it on a parchment paper lined baking tray to cool.
Storing candy apples
Candy apples always taste the best when they are fresh. But if you have leftovers, you will want to store your candy apples in the fridge. They will last up to a week when properly stored in the fridge.
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Pin this recipe on Pinterest!Take a look more spooky Halloween recipes from our #HalloweenTreatsWeek Bloggers today: Halloween Cookies & Bars:
- Bat Sugar Cookies from The Flour Handprint
- Voodoo Doll Cookies from Sweet ReciPEAS
- Halloween Confetti Cookies from Fake Ginger
- Black Cat Whoopie Pies from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Marshmallow SpiderWeb Cupcakes from Big Bear’s Wife
- Candy Corn Poke Cake from Devour Dinner
- Halloween Brownie Cupcakes from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Hocus Pocus Layer Cake from Love and Confections
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes from It’s Shanaka
- Mini Candy Corn Cheesecakes from Cheese Curd in Paradise
- Halloween Themed Layered Drinks from 4 Sons R Us
- Extra Dark Chocolate Pudding from Pastry Chef Online
- Spooky Strawberries from For the Love of Food
- Halloween Bark from West Via Midwest
- Halloween Snack Mix from Savory Experiments
- Healthy Halloween Snacks from House of Nash Eats
- Sweet & Savory Halloween Snack Board from An Affair from the Heart
- Spooky Candy Bark from Sweet Beginnings
- Poisoned Candy Apples from Fresh Coast Eats
- Donut Hole Mummies from Family Around the Table
- Halloween Caramel Popcorn Munch Recipe from Back To My Southern Roots
- Spiderweb Donuts from Lemon Blossoms
- Mini Monster Meatball Sliders from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Mummy Brie from The Spiffy Cookie
- Halloween Deviled Eggs from I am a Honey Bee
Poisoned Candy Apples
- Candy Thermometer
- 6 Granny Smith Apples
- 2 1/2 cups Granulated white sugar
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- Black Food Coloring
- Wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Insert a stick into the top of the apples and set aside.
- Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper, sprayed with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, mix the sugar, corn syrup and water and attach the candy thermometer to the side of the pan, ensuring that the bottom reaches the mixture.
- Cook the mixture over medium heat, until the candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees.
- Remove the pan from heat and stir in black food coloring until desired color is reached.
- Dip each apple into the melted sugars, allowing access to drip off. Dip each apple 2-3 times before setting them on the sprayed wax paper to set.
- It is important the apples are 100% dry before coating them.
- Making the candy coating is a slow process, be patient and stay nearby! Things move VERY quickly towards the end.
- If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can make a pretty close guess to when the candy is done cooking when a spoon forms a thin thread when being lifted from the mixture. If it pours off easily, it’s not done.
- I used about ½ tsp of red gel coloring to get this shade.
- If the candy mixture sets too quick while dipping, place the mixture back onto heat to re-melt.
- I used sticks from outside for these! To make them yourself, gather 6 sticks about twice the height of the apples you are using. Wash them and allow to dry overnight.
- To easily clean your pans after this recipe, add water to the empty pan and bring to a boil. This will make it easier to clean the candy off!
Happy Halloween!Spooky Season is here and it is time for 2020’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek event! #HalloweenTreatsWeek is a yearly Halloween blogging event that is hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife & its a creepy and haunting week-long event is filled with some amazingly wicked Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”For the 3rd annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 30 hauntingly talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week! Follow the hashtag #HalloweenTreatsWeek on social media and look at the bottom of each post to see all of the Halloween recipes that we’re sharing!
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1 Copy of – The Peanuts Family Cookbook: Delicious Dishes for Kids to Make with Their Favorite Grown-Ups
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1 Copy of her new cookbook “Holy Sweet! 60 Indulgent Recipes for Bigger, Better Desserts”
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1 Copy of her cookbook, “Incredible One-Pot Cooking: Easy, Delicious Recipes for Exciting Meals Without the Mess”
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ONE (1) $75 Amazon gift card
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Prize #12 from Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise
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ONE (1) $100 Amazon gift card
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