Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 8 apples
- 8 popsicle sticks
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 3 tbs cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp food coloring
- 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon oil optional
- Halloween sprinkles
- Candy thermometer
Prepare baking sheet by covering with lightly greased parchment paper. Set aside.
Wash and dry apples thoroughly. The candy won't stick to wet or waxy apples.
De-stem the apples. Push popsicle sticks into apples. Lift each one up to test the grip.
Combine sugar, water, corn syrup, and cinnamon in medium-size sauce pan and attach candy thermometer, making sure it isn't touching the bottom of the pan. Heat at medium-high until the sugar dissolves, then raise the heat to bring mixture to a boil.
Use candy thermometer to determine when the mixture has raised to 302 F (the hard crack stage). This could take about 20-25 minutes.
Remove from burner, and stir in food coloring and cinnamon oil. Begin dipping the apples once the bubbles have subsided.
Dip apples once (more than once will make them too hard), swirling until completely covered. Hold above sauce pan for a few seconds before setting on baking sheet to let excess drip off.
While the apples are still warm, sprinkle on Halloween jimmies.
This recipe is for hard candy apples. They make a wonderful crunch when you bite in, and they package well for gifts, but if you're interested in a softer candy apple, warm the candy mix to 270 F instead.