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Hot Pink Candy Apples


Make your candy apples whatever color you want! Try hot pink or neon green for a creepy poisoned apple look. These make great Halloween treats!

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  • 6 small to medium apples (washed, dried and stems removed)
  • 6 candy apple sticks
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons gel food coloring (whichever color you want your apples to be!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Note: You will need a candy thermometer to make this recipe.


Servings 6
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 40mins


Step 1

Remove the stems from the apple. Wash and dry the apples. Put the sticks in the stem side of each apple.Place them on a sheet pan that is sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Set them aside until your sugar mixture is ready. This will help make sure the apples are good and dry.

Mix the sugar, corn syrup, food coloring and gel food coloring in a medium size sauce pan over a medium high heat. Stir to combine. Let the mixture come to a full boil. Have your candy thermometer handy.

When the mixture begins to boil, hook the candy thermometer on the side of the pan and make sure it doesn't touch the bottom of the pan, but is in the boiling mixture.

Let the mixture come to 302°F (hard crack stage). This will take about 20 minutes. No need to stir or disturb the mixture while it heats, just be patient until it reaches the correct temperature.

When the candy reaches 302°F, immediately remove it from the heat and use a rubber spatula to stir in the vanilla extract. Stir it gently to get the flavor evenly incorporated.

Tilt the saucepan slightly, so it is easier to dip the apples in the candy. Swirl to coat, and then let the excess drip off into the pan. Set the candied apple on the prepared sheet pan to harden. Be careful, the sugar is very hot.

The candied apples keep at room temperature for about 2 - 3 days, if they aren't eaten first! Do not refrigerate, it will change the coating from a candied coating to a sticky (potentially messy) coating.

Note: These are candied apples with a hard coating, not caramel apples with a soft coating.

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