Friday, June 12, 2009

CANDIED APPLES

What says summer fun, more than candied apples? They are very easy to make (if you follow a few tips at the end of this post) and would be a nice addition to any summer birthday party, barbeque or even for a 4th of July picnic!


 The ingredients are very basic:

10 small (snack size) apples
10 popsicle sticks
2 cups white sugar
1 cup light Karo syrup
1 & 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon cherry UNsweetened Kool Aid powder

Wash any wax or soil from the apples and thoroughly dry them (remove stems). Insert wooden stick into the stem end of the apple (push about half way into the apple).

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and spray it with cooking spray (keep this close to your work station).

In a medium size, heavy-bottomed sauce pan, attach your candy thermometer and make sure that the glass tip is not setting on the bottom of the pan (it will give you a false reading). Put all of the candy ingredients in the pan and cook on medium high, stirring constantly, until it comes to a boil. DO NOT STIR THIS AFTER IT COMES TO A BOIL. Turn the heat down just a little, so that you have a nice gentle boil and then keep an eye on the thermometer. Cook until it hits 300 or hard crack stage; this can take up to 30 minutes, but on my stove it takes about 25. Keep a close eye on the candy after it reaches 285 because those last 15 degrees go faster than you think. DO NOT STIR!!

Remove the pan from the heat and work fast. Holding the apple by the stick, dip it into the pan (hold the pan at a tilt, so the candy will "pool". Twirl the apple and then let the candy drip off of the apple for a few seconds and then place on the prepared waxed paper. DON'T GET THIS STUFF ON YOUR SKIN!!!!! Apples will be hard and ready to use five to ten minutes after they are dipped. If you are going to add sprinkles or any decorations, you will have to add them with lightening speed because these cool off and become hard FAST (an extra person would be a big help if you are going to add sprinkles).
NOTE: Keep a bowl of ice water near your work station just in case you get some of this on your fingers (definitely not safe for younger kids).

NOTE: In the first stage of making the candy, try not to splash any liquid onto the sides of your pan (it can make crystals in the candy).

NOTE: I keep an electric frying pan, preheated to 200, at my work station. When the pan of candy comes off of the stove, I set it on the DRY, warm frying pan so that it doesn't cool down too fast and lengthens the amount of time you have to dip the apples.

NOTE: The best tip I can give you is to have EVERYTHING at your fingertips BEFORE you start dipping the apples. Once you are at that stage, you have zero time to run to the pantry and find something.
NOTE: Any candy left over can be poured out onto a pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. When it's cooled, you can break it up and eat it (tastes like cherry life savers.

NOTE: There is a teaspoon of UNsweetened Kool Aid powder in each small envelope, so you can get two batches of candied apples per Kool Aid envelope (any flavor will work).

NOTE: Clean up can be a pain if you don't have a dishwasher. If you have a dishwasher, just put all of the stuff in the hot cycle.

NOTE: These are best eaten the day they are made. If you HAVE to make them a day ahead of time, do NOT cover them because the moisture from the apples will degrade the candy coating.

NOTE: Someone told me (I haven't tried it) that you can candy grapes, cherries and other small fruit (use their stems to hold onto instead of using a stick).

25 comments:

Cristine said...

What a perfect summer treat!

Heatherfeather said...

Wow these look really good. How interesting that Koolaid is in the recipe.

Katy ~ said...

Coleen, I've always been interested in trying candied apples but hadn't found a recipe with clear enough directions. Your recipe is so clear with enough detail that I'm putting this on my to-do list. They are so festive to look at and the kids go crazy for them. I can't wait to try this. Thank you for an excellent post!

Lara said...

I've made caramel apples before, but never candied apples and these look so yummy. My kids would be SO excited if I made these for them.

Kim said...

I never knew koolaid could be used for these! Thanks for sharing all the tips and tricks. Great post!

Mary said...

A real treat these candied apples . They take me back in time when i was a little girl !

Heidi said...

I didn't realized it took such basic items to make candied apples. I haven't had them for ages and my kids never have. I can't wait to try this out. I think it woud be a hit!

Netts Nook said...

I love candied apples yours look perfect. Thanks for sharing all the pointers.

♥peachkins♥ said...

My sister loves this. wait till I show her this pictures...

girlichef said...

You should see my bookmarks....the number of them that start with "Coleen's Recipes" is almost ridiculous...and here's another for the pile!! I love these...they are so pretty and I just know the kids would love to make them. I love that you use koolaid...never woulda thunk it! And I think I want to try doing cherries!!!

Debbie said...

I have never had any idea how to make candied apples! Thanks for posting this! What a great thing for summer!

Leslie said...

perfect. however my son couldnt eat these with his 2 loose front teeth. We might have some issues!!LOL
Looks delish

Monica H said...

Oh, I heart candy apples but I haven't had them since I was a kid. The color is so beautiful-- one of my favorites, for sure.


Great helpful tips!

Carrie said...

Your picture is amazing! ... like it should be hung in a food gallery amazing! I don't even like candy apples (I prefer caramel) but the picture makes me drool!

teresa said...

These look like a lot of fun! I love all the tips you offer, it really helps!

Barbara Bakes said...

I love the do not get this on your skin warning! Reminds me of hot glue guns. These look yummy!

Kristen said...

I'll have to try this, mine don't work well at all

Lynda said...

I never eaten a candied apple before, just the caramel apples.These sound delicious and bet they would be a hit any time of year!

Ingrid said...

I remember my mom eating these and caramel apples.

Thanks for sharing!
~ingrid

Queen to my 3 Boys said...

I googled and found this. I think we'll try them today.

Thanks!

Unknown said...

Making them right now...the reading is taking forever to get to 300..been standing here over 30-mins I think lol..but so ready to try them

Unknown said...

Can't wait to try these out for my sons birthday party :)

cyber junkie said...

will try to make this, but seems hard for me

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Shakelia Bean said...

Awesome recipe. I made candy apples today (Father's Day). I had alot of of the syrup leftover so I made candy spoons and glass candy. I love step by step instructions. Thanks for sharing.

Shakelia Bean said...

It's super easy. The hardest part is patiently waiting for mixture to come to a boil.