Friday, October 29, 2010

Candy Apples!

The girls brought home little treat bags from a Halloween party at Brownies earlier this week and I was the lucky recipient of the candy apples that were packed in them. I couldn't believe they were relinquishing them to me voluntarily! Were they crazy?! Clearly they'd never bitten into a crunchy, sweet, juicy candy apple before. There's nothing quite like it....and I just HAD to have more!

I sent my poor brother to the grocery store only minutes before they were closing to get me the necessary ingredients. He got me some booze too. (Yes, I've finally started drinking!)

I found a recipe on Martha Stewart's website and it looked simple enough. Seriously, you can never go wrong with Martha. That woman can cook, craft, sew....there's not much she can't do! She's like a crafting Ninja.

Anyway, I put all of the kids to bed before I started my candy apple production. I get too nervous with three kids bouncing around while I'm boiling hot liquids on the stove. They'd been up at 6am anyway and could barely hold their heads up anymore. I poured myself a drink, rolled up my sleeves, put on some music and got down to it.

First I took my largest baking sheet, lined it with wax paper and then buttered it. I probably should have used parchment paper because even with the butter, there was some sticking happening with the wax paper. Nothing disastrous though.

I gathered all of my main  ingredients together.


I grabbed a medium saucepan, added the 2 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup of light corn syrup, 3/4 cup of water and 1/2 tsp of red food colouring.


I mixed it all up and waited for it to come to a boil. In the meantime, I put all of the apples on popsicle sticks so they were ready for dipping. I used Royal Gala apples because they're my favorite and it's what I had in my fridge. :)


After a few minutes, the mixture came to a bubbling boil and looked like this:


I stirred it from time to time, but mostly I just let it do it's thing. The mixture went from frothy pink, to a deep red after 10 minutes or so.


I don't have a candy thermometer so I just used the cold water test to see if the syrup was ready.  After about 15-20 minutes of letting the mixture boil, I took a spoon and dropped a bit of the syrup into some cold water. It immediately turned hard and I could hear it cracking so I knew it was ready! :)

I took the pot off the heat and immediately began dipping my apples before the syrup cooled off. I sort of tipped the pot and swirled the apples around to make sure I got the entire thing coated. In my excitement, I forgot to dip a few of the apples in sprinkles. I figured the kids might actually try one if there were sprinkles involved. Seems to work with everything else!


Before I knew it there were 8 glorious candy coated apples before me. I was mildly surprised that I pulled this off without anything going wrong. Sometimes my impatience leads to disasters. Not this time!

I then proceeded to eat one -and not in a very ladylike fashion I might add. No one is here to judge me so why not? ;) I have to say it was pretty darn good! I then had visions of making other candy treats - lollipops perhaps? Next I'll have to try caramel dipped apples....ooh and chocolate dipped apples...


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