It's like the state fair in your own kitchen: Candy Apples
Everyone has fond childhood memories of visiting the state fair and all the forbidden foods you find there. From elephant ears to deep-fried Oreos, it's an ocean of choices to satisfy your sweet tooth. But sometimes it's the simplest treats that make us the most nostalgic. Who wouldn't like to take a trip back in time and bite into an old-fashioned candy apple?
You would probably never think of making them at home... but now you can. All you need is a little (ok, a lot of) sugar, some food coloring, and of course, your favorite kind of apple. As you'll see here, you can even dress them up for Christmas!
You will need (for 3 servings):
- 3 medium to large apples
- 3 wooden sticks
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 5 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp red food coloring
- Wash the apples, remove the stems, and rub them dry. Insert the wooden stick where the stem was.
- Heat the water, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan and allow it to caramelize. If you have a cooking thermometer, you should aim for 230°F. Then add the food coloring.
- Remove the caramel mixture from the heat and dip the apples in it one by one, turning until you achieve a consistent coating. Once any excess has dripped back into the saucepan, place each candy apple on a tray covered with parchment paper to cool.
- When the candy coating is firm, you can place the candy apple in a decorative cupcake liner.
When they're as colorful as this, they're hard to resist! Don't you think it's time for your apple a day? ;-)