Candy and Caramel Apples

Nothing will satisfy a sweet tooth like a candied apple! Taffy apples, toffee apples, caramel apples, or candy apples – whichever way you call them, there's no doubt that these tasty treats are a perennial Fall favourite. Here are some recipes to make your own decadent gourmet candy apples. Perfect to serve your guests on Halloween!

Red Candy Apples

- 8 medium sized apples
- 8 wooden sticks
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)

Wash and dry apples. Remove stems and insert a wooden stick into the end of each apple. Set apples aside. Heat and stir sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan until sugar dissolves. Boil until the syrup reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer, or until a little syrup dropped into cold water separates into breakable threads. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring, if using. Dip one apple completely in the syrup and and swirl to coat. Hold the apple above the saucepan to drain off excess. Place apple, with the stick facing up, on a well greased pan. Repeat with remaining apples. If the syrup thickens or cools too much, reheat briefly before continuing. Let cool completely before serving.

Caramel Apples

- 8-10 medium tart apples
- 8-10 wooden sticks
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla

Wash and dry apples, removing stems and insert a wooden stick into the end of each apple. Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and milk in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Boil 30 to 40 minutes, or until syrup reaches 248 degrees (firm ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Dip each apple into the caramel mixture and swirl to coat. Set apples on wax paper to cool completely before serving.

Variations for Decadent Caramel Apples

After coating each apple, quickly dip the end or press around apples the following: shredded coconut, colored mini M&M's, gummy bears or other candy, chopped nuts, granola, colored sprinkles, chocolate cookie crumbs, or mini chocolate chips. Melt some white or dark chocolate and drizzle it across your apples, or dip the entire apple into the chocolate, and don't forget to add topings.

Tip: If you choose smaller apples, they will be easier to make, easier to eat (for younger children), and it will give you a better candy to apple ratio!

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