Take a step back in time when you bite into one of these classic homemade candy apples. Sweet on the outside and crisp on the inside, these candy apples are so easy and fun to make!
These old-fashioned candy apples are a family favorite we used to enjoy year-round. It definitely didn’t have to be a summer fair or fall weather for us to enjoy this sweet treat. Thankfully, it’s easy and fun to make these homemade candy apples. You don’t need any fancy ingredients and believe me, they’re much tastier than their store-bought counterparts.
The secret ingredient is the Red Hot Candies in the coating, which gives the candy apples an authentic cinnamon taste. Add in some red food coloring and you have Red Hot candy apples (literally) with an irresistibly crunchy sugar coating.
Enjoy your candy apples throughout the year, as a makes the perfect take-home favor for your next kid’s birthday party. Simply wrap them in plastic tied with ribbon.
If you’re more into or , you’re going to want to check out our deliciously sweet homemade caramel apples recipe.
- 8 apples
- Light corn syrup or golden syrup
- Red hots (or cinnamon candy-like red hots)
- Red food coloring
- A candy thermometer
- Wooden sticks such as popsicle sticks
In a medium-sized heavy saucepot, place sugar.
Add corn syrup.
Also add water, red hots, and red food coloring.
Stir up your sugar mixture a bit.
Place candy mixture over medium-high heat and boil, without stirring, until it reaches 290 degrees.
This is gonna take a while, probably anywhere from 20-25 minutes or so, depending on how hot your eye is.
While the sugar syrup is cooking, remove the stems from your apples by holding the stem in one hand and the apple in the other and twist.
Now stick your sticks in each apple.
This is what it will look like when it’s ready but the most important thing is to just watch that candy thermometer.
Now that our candy coating is done, remove it from the heat and place it on a hot pad because it is H O T.
Quickly dip an apple in it and swirl it around a bit until it is evenly coated.
Remove the apple and hold it over for a few seconds to allow excess to drip off.
Complete with remaining apples and place onto greased or buttered parchment paper (or a greased baking sheet) to cool completely before eating.
I recommend storing your candy apples, covered, in the fridge for up to two days.
- When it comes to … if you have a hard time finding popsicle sticks for these candy apples, just go to the kid’s craft section and they have all sorts of wooden craft sticks that work very well. You can also use wooden skewers from the grilling section. I’ve even used forks from my kitchen drawer before! They work great and when you’re done just stick ’em in the dishwasher. Either way, there isn’t a need to go buy anything special or go on a wild goose chase because there is surely something on hand that will work just fine.
- If you have sensitive teeth you can do what I do and make these for the kids and click here to get the candied apples I can eat with all the flavor but none of the dental bills.
What’s the best apple to use for candy apples?
I recommend using like a apple in this . But you could also use a crisp red apple, such as Jonagold, Honey Crisp, or Fuji.
You may also like these other appetizing apple recipes:
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Unbelievably Blissful
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup Cinnamon Red Hot Candies
- 1/4 tsp red food coloring I just give it a good splash
- 8 wooden ice cream sticks
- 8 small apples
- In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, candies, red food coloring, and 1 cup of water.3 cups sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/4 cup Cinnamon Red Hot Candies, 1/4 tsp red food coloring, 1 cup water
- Place mixture over medium heat and bring to a boil without stirring.
- Set a candy thermometer on the side of the pot, making sure the tip doesn't touch the bottom. Continue cooking, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 290 F. This should take about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, grease a cookie sheet. Remove stems from apples and insert a popsicle stick partway through each apple.8 wooden ice cream sticks, 8 small apples
- When candy is ready, remove pan from heat and remove thermometer. Swirl each apple into candy syrup until it is coated and then hold over the pot for a few seconds to allow any drips to fall off.
- Place candied apples onto parchment paper or prepared baking sheet to cool. If the syrup begins to stiffen while you're still dipping apples you can place the pan over very low heat while you finish.
- Let apples cool at least an hour before eating. You can speed this up by placing them in the fridge if you like.
- Best if eaten within two days.
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I went to the county fair last week just to get a candy apple. YUM!!
Do you think it would be good if I substituted cherry hard candy for the red hots since I don’t like them. Any thoughts? Every time I read on of your posts it really makes me think of my growing up in Kentucky years. So many good memories, so much good soul food cooking as my mom used to call it.
My first time! I have enjoyed your apple candy recipe. Thanks!
Just really look forward to your posts ,everything you make looks so good & not really that hard to make.
Love your little helper she is getting so big & pretty as can be,Katy Rose keep up the good work you do with your mommy.
Does Brady ever come & help or like mostly male’s just eat.lol lol
I remember these “real” candied apples and “real” popcorn balls, both made with light corn syrup, not Kraft Caramels like the new, modern ones. Don’t get me wrong, caramel has its place, like between the apple and the chocolate in chocolate dipped apples. Love those, too! Now I’m craving all three goodies. If I’m wearing a tent next time you see me, just know you contributed to that. 😉
I do remember candied apples from my late teen days, that use to be our nightly treat. We had a lady friend that use to make them and sell them to us but hers tasted more like butterscoth candied apples. I suppose her trick was to place butterscotch candies in the recipe rather then cinnamon. Good old memories. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Must try it
I do enjoy reading your posts everyday they always make me smile.
I also love the recipes, you always manage to make them a little simpler….I am not the best cook in the world. But after reading your recipes I think to myself…”I can do that”. Thanks!!
So do you think a person can just dip apple slices on a toothpick for a party tray?
I tried this too. I think the apple slices were too wet to hold the candy coating. It didn’t work for me.
Thank you, Christy for posting this recipe. My husband has been asking for these all week and my two granddaughters chimed in that they wanted these also.
I still play the “alphabet” game anytime I twist the stems out of apples and I’m 58,lol.
Oh and how much Katy Rose has grown I didn’t realize it until I saw these pics. She’s pretty as a picture, just like her Mama.
Take care and love love love your recipes.