3 Delicious candy apple recipes

Kori Ellis

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You might associate candy apples with fall, but they are also a delicious summertime treat, often served at fairs and carnivals. Candy apples are easy to make at home and your kids will love them. Try these three delicious recipes for cinnamon candy apples, chocolate-covered apples and traditional caramel apples.

Candy apples

Cinnamon candy apple recipe

You'll love the crunch of these yummy candy apples. You can use any type of apples with this recipe -- Fuji or Gala are great. For younger kids, use smaller apples.

Ingredients:

  • 8 apples
  • 8 wooden skewers
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup red cinnamon candies

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Wash and dry the apples, and remove the stems. Stick the skewers firmly in the stem ends. You can also use craft or Popsicle sticks.
  3. Add sugar, corn syrup and water to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring and continue to heat until the mixture reaches 250 degrees F on your candy thermometer.
  4. Occasionally wash down the sides of the saucepan as necessary with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystallization.
  5. When the candy mixture reaches 250 degrees F, add the cinnamon candies and stir to incorporate. Continue to heat until it reaches 285 degrees F.
  6. Remove the pan from heat and stir the mixture until it's smooth and even. Hold an apple by the skewer and dip it in the candy, tilting the pan and rotating the apple to cover it completely with a smooth, even layer. When you bring the apple out of the pan, twirl it to remove the excess.
  7. Set the apple on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples. Allow apples to cool at room temperature. Eat within 24 hours.

Chocolate-covered apple recipe

Chocolate covered apple

To make this chocolate-covered apple recipe a whole lot easier, place the apples in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Apples coat much better when they are cold.

Ingredients:

  • 8 apples
  • 8 wooden skewers
  • 1 pound semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry the apples and remove the stems. Stick the skewers firmly in the stem ends. You can also use craft or Popsicle sticks.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or simply microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring halfway.
  3. Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir it until it is completely melted.
  4. Dunk each apple into the chocolate, twirling to make sure the apple gets completely covered. (For small apples, we find it easy to melt the chocolate in a large coffee mug. Then it's very simple to just dip and cover them in chocolate.)
  5. Put the desired coating in a bowl. (We used chopped pecans, but you can coat them in anything you like -- from M&M pieces to flaked coconut to crushed Oreos.) Roll the dipped apple in the coating until it's completely covered.
  6. Set the dipped apples on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until the chocolate is completely set.

Caramel apple recipe

Caramel apples

Caramel apples are a delectable treat that your kids will love. They are very simple to make using store-bought caramels and your microwave.

Ingredients:

  • 8 apples
  • 8 wooden skewers
  • 1 (14 ounce) package of individually wrapped caramels
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry the apples and remove the stems. Stick the skewers firmly in the stem ends. You can also use craft or Popsicle sticks.
  2. Unwrap the caramels and place them in a microwave-safe bowl with the milk. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring halfway. Allow the caramel to cool briefly.
  3. Roll each apple in the caramel sauce, twirling to make sure the apple is completely coated. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining apples and allow to set.

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Kori Ellis
Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide, writing about everything from wedding planning to fantasy sports.