Candy Apple Chaos: Use Recipe At Your Own Risk

I finally managed to gather supplies to make my mom’s candy apple recipe.  candy apple It seemed like a good idea.  My husband and boys turn up their noses at caramel so why not make them these instead.

candy apple

I love my mom’s recipe title, “apples on a stick”

Why not make those?  Oh, I have so many good reasons not to make them now!


It takes forever to gather the ingredients! Or maybe to stop eating all the red hots before buying the rest of the supplies.  Tip: If you are going to attempt these, buy the red hots last. candy apple


This certainly doesn’t qualify as an easy recipe (to me, anyway). Working with a molten liquid sugar mixture takes a bit of concentration.  candy apple


This recipe destroys the kitchen.  Well, leaves it a huge mess anyway.  candy apple


Did I mention it’s a messy recipe?  I think I still have candy apple coating to scrub off the stove today and I made this recipe on Wednesday.  candy apple The wire rack and “drip pan” under it saved some of the stove but getting the apples from the pan to this area left a few drips.


Personal grudge on my part but I burnt my finger very badly while making these!  Did you read up there about the molten sugar mixture?  Not a good idea to stick your finger on it to taste! Even if it is just a drop of the spatula.

The spatula flew across the room, dripping the hot red goo on the kitchen floor (probably still need to scrub that some more as well).  My finger went under the cold water fast! And then, I poured on the lavender oil.  My guess is a second degree burn as I have a blister.

And it’s on my index finger on my right hand, my camera button pushing finger.  As if my photos weren’t blurry enough before my injury.

What’s the old cliché about adding insult to injury?  My family didn’t like these either!  I had one and realized I had the coating a bit too thick.  Ugh. I’m thankful I didn’t make the full recipe.

Next time, I’ll stick to my tradition of simply buying one caramel apple for myself at the store and calling it good.

However, if you are brave and more skilled than I, here’s the recipe in printable form:

Candy Apple Recipe:

Candy Apples A.K.A. Apples On A Stick

Cinnamon candy coated apples.

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup Karo syrup (light)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 12 red apples (small)
  • 12 wooden skewers or sticks
  • Red hots or cinnamon
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  1. 1. Mix sugar, water, and Karo syrup and cook in top of a double boiler set over a direct flame, until mixture will crack when dropped in circles of cold water. (300 degrees)

    2. Turn the flame very low, add red hots and stir just enough to mix. Set pan over boiling water in bottom part of double boiler.

    3. Place skewers in blossom end of apples. Holding the skewer, dip apples in syrup and take right out, twirling until the glaze is smooth.  Place apples, skewer side down on a wire rack set over a pan.

    NOTE: The glazed apples should be used the day they are made as the moisture from the apple softens the glaze.

At least, I can cross this off my fall bucket list! Have you ever made candy apples? Is there a trick to it?

Since it’s Friday, I’ll be linking my post over at the F.A.S.T. blog for Five on Friday.  And since it’s still October, I’ll also be including this post in my 31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season Series.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

7 thoughts on “Candy Apple Chaos: Use Recipe At Your Own Risk

    1. Jean Post author

      I used to love them when I was a kid but these didn’t quite live up to my memories, probably a matter of everything tastes better when someone else cooks it. Hope you are having a great Saturday!

  1. Pingback: Happy Homemaker Monday, Sick And Busy -

    1. Jean Post author

      Don’t worry, I won’t be attempting these again although if I think I’d have a much better idea of how to do it now. My finger still looks yucky but it is healing.

  2. Pingback: Embracing The Fall Season For 31 Days -

  3. Tricky Wolf

    I love every single bit about this post. So often we read recipes online that make it all sound like an easy peasy fairy tale and when we try to replicate it at home it is a disaster so we feel like we’ve failed. If more people told it how it is online like you then we’d have a far better world!
    Tricky Wolf recently posted..All Hallows EveMy Profile


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.