Candy Apples Recipe

An easy classic & festive recipe for candy apples. These Red Candy apples are juicy, sweet and the perfect Halloween treat.

Red candy apples with sticks in basket
Red candy apples with sticks on tray

Candy Apples Recipe

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This candy apple recipe is super simple make, no need for a candy thermometer and only takes 30 minutes. Candy apples are juicy, sweet and the perfect Halloween treat.
4.9 from 19 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Servings 12
Calories 215 kcal



  • First step in making the perfect candy apples is to wash and dry 12 granny smith apples. Also take 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
  • Next in 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 of white vinegar. Over a medium heat mix all the ingredients together until all the sugar has dissolved.
    460 g White sugar, 125 mls Boiling water, ¼ teaspoon Cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon Food coloring, ½ teaspoon White vinegar
  • When it starts to boil stop stirring, you’ll need to boil your candy mix for about 8-10 minutes.
  • To test if the candy is ready to coat your 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 in the candy mix.
  • When dipping your apples tilt the saucepan slightly this helps to coat the apples fully, 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 where the sticks go into the apples again to make sure there is no apple visible under your candy coating.
  • Leave your completed red candy apples for a few minutes to set before serving.
    Red candy apples with sticks on tray


Tips and tricks
Granny smith apples are one of the best apples to use as they don’t cause bubbling once its been coated with hot candy.
If you don’t plan on eating the candy apples from this recipe on the same day as making them, 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 apple, autumn recipes, candy apples, halloween dessert, halloween party food, halloween treats, homemade candy, homemade candy apples, toffee apples
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If there is one thing, I love about Halloween treats it’s got to be making this Candy apple recipe. I have eaten candy apples every year for as long as I can remember, it’s probably the reason I love them so much. Candy apples bring back so many fun memories, I hope that they will create fun memories for everyone I make them for too.

Red candy apples with sticks in basket

I loved making these candy apples, my kiddies thought they looked amazing on the Halloween party dessert table last year. Candy apples are always the Halloween treats to disappear from the table first. What can I say besides that they are such a fun classic dessert?

This candy apple recipe is so easy to make. Plus I know once you’ve made them 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. Being one of your five a day and as a bonus candy apples take a long time to eat, so the kids end up eating a lot less candy at the end of the day.

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 of the heat. Now start dipping and coating your Halloween candy apples.

Red candy apples with sticks in basket

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.

What's the best apples to use for toffee apples?

I found that Granny smith apples are one of the best apples to use for this recipe. As they don’t cause bubbling once your toffee apples have been coated with the hot candy.

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