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How to make Candy Apples for Halloween

Candy apples in a store window

The above picture I took when we went to Seattle. They have a shop there called the Chocolate Factory. The display window was FULL of all sorts of Candy Apples, and Caramel Apples. They all looked so delicious.

Making Candy Apples is a Halloween Tradition. But also, I can remember going to fairs when I was younger and always had to get a Candy Apple. Nowadays, Caramel Apples are pretty popular too.

Candy Apples 1963

Candy apples
  • 10 medium apples
  • 10 wooden skewers
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring

Wash and dry apples, insert skewers in the stem end.
-Combine sugar, water, vanilla, corn syrup and food coloring, and cook in a large deep pan.
-During cooking, the crystals which form on the pan, should not be stirred into the candy.
=Continue cooking without stirring to hard crack stage, 280.
-Remove from heat, hold apples by skewers and dip into syrup. Place on buttered platter to cool.
Recipe from a 1963 Better Homes Cookbook

Also see the Caramel Apples Recipes page.

Cinnamon Apples

  • 6 crisp, medium apples
  • 6 wooden skewers
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 10 drops oil of cinnamon

Wash and dry apples, remove stems. Insert skewers into blossom ends of each apple.
-Combine sugar, corn syrup, and food coloring in top of double boiler. Cook directly over low heat stirring till sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Cover and cook slowly 8 minutes.
-Uncover. Cook without stirring to hard crack stage (300).
-Stir in flavoring. Place top of double boiler over boiling water in lower part.

Turn each apple in syrup to coat. Twirl apple to spread coating evenly--let excess syrup drip back into pan.
-Set apple on buttered cookie sheet. If syrup thickens, reheat over direct heat. Makes 6 apples.
Recipe from a 1963 Better Homes Cookbook

See the recipe: Cinnamon Candy Apples. It also includes instructions for making Cinnamon Lollipops from the leftover syrup.

More Apple Recipes Pages

A Dash of History:
Did you know that apple dolls were a child's favorite toy in early Colonial America? They dried the apple and carved a face, put it on a stick and the dolls were easily dressed.

Have a great day!

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