This rock-hard candy coating makes eating apples more fun than ever!
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup water
- a few drops of red vegetable food coloring
- 5 apples on skewers
Adapted from wholefoodkids.blogspot.com
Step 1. Place sugar, corn syrup and water together in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir until dissolved, then bring to a boil.
Step 2. Cook, covered, for about 3 minutes until the steam has washed down any crystals that may have formed on the sides of the pan.
Step 3. Uncover and cook, without stirring, nearly to the hard-crack stage, 290 degrees F. (The hard-crack stage is when you drop a drop of the candy syrup into ice water and it immediately turns rock hard, such that it can be easily cracked.
Step 4. Add a few drops of food coloring, then transfer the candy syrup to a double boiler to keep warm.
Step 5. Working quickly, dip the skewered apples into the candy syrup and place them on a metal flower holder to harden. If you don’t have a flower holder, you can dip the tops of the apples in chopped nuts, then place them upside down on a foil-covered cookie sheet.
Step 6. Allow to dry and harden.