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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Have been wearing braces for 18 months…coming off November 5th…making candy apples on November 6th…but, believe me,will be extra careful…may even make the recipe that I can eat with a fork, lol !!! 🙂
I am making these right now with my 8 year old daughter. I looked high and low for a hard candy candy apple (does that make sense) all I ever see it jelly apples and they are surely not the same thing. Thank you Christy My daughter is having a ball measuring and watching the thermometer. She will not forget this!
Hi Heidi! I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying your time in the kitchen with your daughter!! Making memories that will last her a life time is just priceless in my book!
When I was a little girl, we lived in a neighborhood in Morgantown, West Virginia, where there was a lady who made them for every trick-or-treater who came to her door. Sometimes we’d knock & she’d tell us to come back in about 15 min. (or 5 min. or whatever!) and the next batch would be ready for us. We lived in that neighborhood for about 3 years, and she always had the candy apples for us. God bless her! Nowadays you couldn’t do that–people would be suspicious that the apples were poisoned or something! I haven’t had a real candy apple in years–all I see anymore are the caramel apples, which are good, but they aren’t candy apples! Gotta try your recipe.
Land sakes, katy rose has grown since i started following you! such a pretty young lady. Candy apples were my favorite fair food in my younger days, along with Fletcher’s Corny Dogs. (Texas State Fair.)
SUCH a GREAT & DARLING MODEL THERE ! She is just ADORABLE ! And LOVE her Smile !
Wow! They are soooooo pretty, and I’m sure they’re delicious! Thanks for this recipe…..gotta try them. ;D)
Wow, I’ve always wondered how to make the “red candy apples” like you got at the fairs & carnivals. Now I know and I’ll try it!!! Thanks Christy!!!