Easy Old-Fashioned Candy Apples Recipe

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Candy apples are classic and perfect any time of year for a nice homemade gift. The gorgeous, glossy candy coating can be any color you'd like, so feel free to make them your own! Have a favorite sports team? Make the apples to match their colors!

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Things You'll Need

  • 6-8 apples

  • Lollipop or popsicle sticks

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon food coloring (any color will work)

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Step 1

Wash the apples very well in hot water (any residue left on the apples will either make the candy bubble or resist sticking to the apples), and dry completely. Add sticks or skewers into the apples and set aside.

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Step 2

Add the sugar, corn syrup, and water to a saucepan. Stir to dissolve.

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Step 3

Add saucepan to high heat. Bring to a boil without stirring (swirl the pan if hotspots develop). Boil until the mixture reaches 300°F.

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Step 4

Remove from heat, and stir in food coloring of choice.

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Step 5

Dip the apples, swirling around until well coated. Add to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

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Step 6

Allow to cool, and serve within 12 hours or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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