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A square shaped glass plate with 4 Candy Apples on it. The apples are green - Granny Smith - and the candy dip on them is a bright shiny red.
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5 from 3 votes

Candy Apples

Candy Apples are a fun activity for the family, are cheap and easy to make, inspire nostalgia, and are a tasty way to use some of the bountiful apples this season.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-free
Servings: 10 Apples
Calories: 472kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Parchment Paper
Candy Thermometer
Wooden Candy Apple Sticks


  • Up to 10 large apples washed and allowed to dry*
  • Up to 10 Candy apple sticks skewers, chopsticks, whatever you want to use
  • 3 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 ½ cups Corn Syrup
  • ¾ cup Water
  • Several drops food coloring*
  • 1 tablespoon Flavoring Extract OR
  • 1 teaspoon Flavour Oil


  • Grease a cookie sheet, and/or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Prepare the apples: Remove all stems and stickers (if applicable). Insert stick into apple – They should go in at least halfway. Set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Stir well, bring to a boil on medium or medium-high heat. Affix candy thermometer to pan.
  • Boil mixture, stirring occasionally, until it reaches 310 degrees. Remove from heat, quickly stir in food coloring and flavoring. Stir mixture until it stops boiling, and most of the “bubbles” disappear – this will minimize texture on your finished coating.
  • CAREFULLY dip each apple, one at a time, turning to coat completely & evenly. Allow excess candy to drip into the pan, then place on prepared cookie sheet. Be VERY careful – sugar burns are NOT fun! Leftover sugar syrup can be used to make Homemade Jolly Ranchers
  • Allow candy coating to cool completely – usually 30-45 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and enjoy, or wrap in cellophane to enjoy later.


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 124g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 118g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg