Can we please talk about Halloween for a second? I’m going to say something that may sound crazy to some of you, others may feel my pain… Growing up we lived in a small town. My closest neighbor was a car drive away. I couldn’t go trick-or-treating in my own neighborhood because the houses were simply too far apart. So I went to other towns to get candy and had to lie about where I was from just so I could get it. Since getting a house with my boyfriend last November, we now live on a quiet street with houses full of small children. I seriously can not contain my excitement. Obviously I’m too old to go trick-or-treating, but now I get to hand out candy (even better!). I really wish I could hand out these black candy apples for Halloween, I mean I would put my blog url on the wrapper so the parents would know that they were safe (LOL). Honestly though, making these candy apples would be much cheaper than buying a bunch of candy at the grocery store.
If you live on a street where you know everyone really well you should definitely hand these out on Halloween. I mean what child wouldn’t love to eat an apple covered in hard candy? Another fun fact about these candy apples… they turn your whole mouth black! EVEN YOUR TEETH. When I was bringing the candy to a boil my boyfriend said it looked like a “witches brew”. I don’t suggest eating the boiling sugar though, it would probably burn like a poisonous witches brew.
These candy apples do look rather spooky don’t they? They look poisonous! I think it would be the cutest thing to wrap them up with little warning labels. (Now I’m wishing I knew my neighbors better) I used small macintosh apples for this recipe because I thought the red would look really nice against the black candy (I was right!) 🙂
To flavor these candy apples I added a touch of cinnamon oil. It made the whole house smell AMAZING! I wanted to add a blueberry oil and name these (Boo-Berry Candy Apples) but my lame boyfriend thought it was a silly idea. He just has a really dry sense of humor (lucky me!)
Okay now this recipe couldn’t be any easier. Just follow the directions and BOOM… perfect candy apples.
- 6 small apples (washed & stems removed)
- 1 1/2 cups granulated suger
- 1/4 light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. black gel food coloring
- candy apple sticks
- In a medium sauce pan combine sugar, corn syrup, water, food coloring and oil.
- Turn to medium high heat and let the candy mixture come to a boil. (Use a candy thermometer to keep track of temperature)
- While the candy is coming up to temperature, lightly grease a baking sheet with shortening or butter (this will prevent the apples from sticking)
- Also make sure you have stuck a candy apple stick into the top of each apple.
- When the candy reaches 302 degrees F remove from the heat and begin dipping your apples.
- Make sure you work quickly or the candy will harden.
- Allow the excess candy to drip off for a few seconds, otherwise you apples will have huge candy "feet".
- Allow the apples to dry (approximately 5 minutes).
- Wrap each apple with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.