How to Make Candy Apples for a Fun, Festive Treat (2020)

We're right in the middle of autumn, which means it's a perfect time to make some candy apples! They make for a delicious and festive treat - and best of all, they're super easy to make. It won't take you long to whip up a batch, and then you've got a snack for all of your friends to munch on. Or, you could always eat them yourself; who could blame you?

Here's an easy, comprehensive guide to making a batch of candy apples. You won't need much, and what you do need, we've outlined here! And luckily, Amazon has pretty much anything and everything you could need for the job. So read through our guide below, and you'll be making delicious candy apples in no time.

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First off, here’s what you’ll need.

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To make a batch of 8 candy apples, you’ll need apples (of course), 2 cups of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/2 teaspoon of red food coloring (or whatever color you want your apples to be).

Now grab a cookie sheet.

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Line it with wax or parchment paper. This is where you’ll let the candy apples dry. Wash the apples, and twist off the stems.

Then, grab some wooden skewers.

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Once you’ve got the stems removed, you’ll want to insert the skewer right into the top of each apple.

Now, to mix up the “candy" part.

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Grab a medium-sized sauce pan and combine the sugar, water, and vinegar. Allow it to reach the boiling level, without stirring, and then let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes. Keep an eye so that it doesn’t burn!

Next comes food coloring.

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Stir in the food coloring until you’ve got a uniform color across the candy mixture. And don’t worry about the consistency right now: it will be bubbly. 

That’s why you wait to dip the apples.

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Wait until the mixture has fully stopped bubbling before you start to dip, or the apples will be covered in little bubbles!

Then, start dipping.

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Tip the pan to one side before you dip your apple into it, allowing you to cover the whole apple by rotating it as you dip. 

Let them breathe.

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Keep holding the apple above the pan for a little bit, letting them drain, before you place it on the wax paper.

Then, let them harden!

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It’ll take about 20 minutes for the apples to cool and harden completely—not long at all. Soon, you’ll have eight candy apples ready to eat!

Feel free to add some edible decor, too!

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Sprinkles are a great way to brighten up the presentation of your candy apples. You could also add nuts or other edible decor to the apples once you’ve dunked them and before you let them dry!