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Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for homemade candy apples that are the perfect sweet treat for autumn or Halloween.

Easy Candy Apples - Autumn and Halloween Treat

5 from 32 votes
Course: Snack, Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, Halloween
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 373kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
Easy candy apples make a delicious Autumn and Halloween treat. I love homemade red candy coated apples. This recipe makes the BEST candied applies. If you have always wanted to know how to make candy apples on a stick, this is for you! Nobody can say no to a Halloween apple!
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  • 4 apples any kind, red Gala apples recommend
  • 1 1/8 Cup sugar
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup corn syrup light
  • 1/2 Tsp. red food coloring


  • In order for the candy to stick to the apples properly you must prepare them by removing the wax coating. One way to remove the coating is to dip the apples in very hot water and rub away the wax with a dish towel. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil, then turn off the heat. Very carefully as to not burn yourself with the water, take an apple and let it rest in the hot water for 10 to 15 seconds, use a tongs or slotted spoon to remove the apple and place on a dish towel. Use the dish towel to vigorously rub the apple until the wax is removed. Repeat with the remaining apples. 
  • Twist the stems out of each apple then insert a stick into the center of the apples where the stem used to be - be sure it's stuck in the apple really good. 
  • Prepare a cookie pan by lining it with parchment paper and spraying with oil. This tray will be used to place your dipped apples on.
  • Over medium heat, using a medium-small pot, big enough to let your mixture bubble and boil, combine the water, sugar, corn syrup, and red food coloring.  
  • Bring the candy mixture to 300 to 310 degrees F. Do not stir at any point
  • Remove from heat and immediately begin dipping your apples. It's important to work swiftly but you don't need to rush. If your candy hardens too fast you can always reheat the mixture. Let the excess candy drip  off the apples for a few moments before placing on your greased tray. 
  • Let apples cool/harden before serving.
  • These apples are best eaten the same day but can be stored in fridge in an airtight container (not touching each other) for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 91g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg


Any kind of apples will work but I recommend a red colored apple for the prettiest presentation, Gala apples worked great, Honeycrisp may not be as pretty but would be delicious. 
If your apples are not looking smooth when dipping them, a great idea is to dip them the best you can then reheat the leftover candy mixture until it's liquid again and spoon/drip it over the top of the apples to give them a "bloody drip" look! 
It is really important to get all the wax off of the apples if you don't get all that wax off the caramel will not stick very well. In the method I have in this recipe the hot water may slightly discolor the apples however the candy seems to have covered that up just fine.  
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.