Sweet as a candy apple . . . and so much fun to make! 

Staying home for Halloween? No worries.

Enjoy some time in your kitchen with your family. Candy Apples is an extraordinary culinary project. If you can boil water, you can make Candy Apples. With just a few more ingredients, craft sticks, a candy thermometer and a pastry brush, you can transform delicious red apples into a culinary dream!

Special Equipment:

Before:How to make Candy Apple

After:Candy Apples

Candy Apples

For a special treat make some Candy Apples for Halloween! You will be surprised how easy they are to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 1 package craft sticks - purchased at craft store
  • 1 dozen small red apples
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon candies
  • 1/2 t. red food color


  1. Wash the apples. Remove the stems. Set aside to dry

  2. Insert a wooden stick part way through stem end of apples.

    Grease a large cookie sheet. Set aside.


    Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

  3. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup, cinnamon candies and red food color. Over a medium-high heat, heat the mixture to a boiling.

    Do not stir. With a brush dipped in hot water, occasionally, brush the sugar from the sides of the pan. (This prevents crystals from forming.)

  4. Boil the mixture until it reaches 290ºF, about 20 minutes.

  5. When cooked, remove from heat. Tip the saucepan; swirl each apple in the mixture, coating all sides. Lift the apple out of the syrup, swirl it around, allowing excess syrup to fall back into the pan.

  6. Place the coated apples on the prepared cookie sheet or silicone baking mat lined cookie sheet.

    Work quickly, dipping each apple before the mixture hardens.

  7. Cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

    Display on a cake stand or a serving tray.

Refrigerate apples to prevent listeria.