Black Candy Apples

This black candy apple recipe is super simple to make. Black candy apples are juicy and dark and make the perfect Halloween treat.

Black candy apples for Halloween

If there is one thing to love about Halloween treats, it’s got to be Candy apples. We have all eaten them for as long as we can remember. This black candy apple recipe brings back all those great Halloween memories, and it’s probably the reason we love them so much. As a kid, I and my sister would always eat the candy coating and hide the apple somewhere. I’m sure my kids probably do the same today. Candy apples bring back so many fun memories; hopefully, they’ll create fun memories for everyone who makes these dark black candy apples.

Black candy apples for Halloween

Why make candy apples at Halloween?

This is such an easy recipe to make, once you’ve made it once you’ll be making candy apples every year just like me. This is one of those Halloween treats that actually has something healthy in it. Apples are one of your five a day and as a bonus, they take longer to eat, so your kids end up eating a lot less candy.

Can I make candy apples without a thermometer?

Don’t worry if you don’t own a candy thermometer, I’ve never used mine for this candy apple recipe. Instead of a thermometer, you test the boiling candy mixture after about 15 minutes. Just place a drop of the candy mixture into a small bowl of cold water. When it’s ready, the candy should harden into a brittle thread. When this happens take your saucepan off the heat. Now start dipping and coating your black Halloween candy apples.

How long do candy apples take to harden?

After you have finished dipping and coating all your candy apples, it should only take about ten minutes to fully harden and be ready to eat. If you live in a humid country it may take slightly longer, putting the apples in the fridge for ten minutes will speed it up. If you don’t plan on eating the candy apples on the same day, wrap them with food-safe plastic wrap, to stop any damage to the candy apples such as cracking and bubbling.

Black candy apples for Halloween

What are the best apples to use for candy apples?

I found that Granny Smith apples are one of the best apples to use as they don’t cause bubbling once it’s coated with your black hot candy.

Black candy apples for Halloween

Black Candy Apples

Jennifer Katie
This black candy apple recipe is super simple to make, no need for a candy thermometer and only takes 30 minutes. Black candy apples are juicy dark and perfect as a Halloween treat.
4.9 from 28 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Servings 12
Calories 215 kcal



  • To make these black candy apples, first wash and dry 12 granny smith apples. Take all the stalks off each apple and poke a lolly stick into each apple. Place the apples on a sheet of parchment paper ready to be coated.
    12 Apples
  • Into a saucepan add 460g of white sugar, 125mls of boiling water, ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon of food coloring and ½ teaspoon white vinegar. Over a medium heat mix all the candy ingredients together until all the sugar has dissolved.
    460 g White sugar, 125 milliliters Boiling water, ¼ teaspoon Cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon Black food coloring, ½ teaspoon White vinegar
  • When your candy mix starts to boil stop stirring, you’ll need to boil it for around 8-10 minutes.
  • To test if the candy is ready to coat your coating your candy apples drop a few drops of boiling candy into a bowl of cold water. If the candy is still soft it needs another minute or two, if it’s hard to the touch your ready to start dipping your apples.
  • When dipping your apples tilt the saucepan slightly this helps to fully coat the candy apples. Remember to be careful not to spill any hot candy on your skin as it can cause a nasty burn.
  • If there is any left-over candy in the pan, grab a teaspoon and fill in the tops of your candy apples where the sticks are inserted. This is to make sure there is no apple skin left visible on your finished candy apples.
  • Leave your candy apples for a few minutes so the candy can set then serve and enjoy.
    Black candy apples for Halloween


Tips & Tricks
Granny smith apples are one of the best apples to use as they don’t cause bubbling once its been coated with the hot black candy.
If you don’t plan on eating your black candy apples on the same day wrap them with food safe plastic wrap to stop any damage to the apples such as cracking and bubbling.


Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1488mgPotassium: 205mgFiber: 4gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
Keyword autumn dessert, autumn recipes, candy apples, halloween, Halloween food ideas, halloween treats, homemade candy, homemade candy apples
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Black candy apples for Halloween

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