Candied Apples are Back!

By Clare Miers

Mention candied apples and it’s easy to think of carnivals, fall festivals, and county fairs. However, today’s candied apples run circles around yesterday’s simple treats on a stick. As you search for great ideas to entertain this fall, remember that you can host a party and make your own.

A visit to any trendy candy boutique will yield some of the most elaborate, oversized candied apples layered in caramel, chocolate, and marshmallows, and rolled in every kind of possible topping, from candy to cookies.

Apples of this magnitude are falling off the worldwide web tree as well. Amy’s Gourmet Apples ships their prized apples in beautiful packaging so that the unveiling of the sugar-coated confection is an event in itself. Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples is even offering fundraising options for their apples and touting such names like Death by Chocolate, Papa Smurf, and Oreo Mint.

Not ready to devour an oversized apple? Mini apples are a sweet compromise. “A lot of people order the mini apples for parties like birthdays, bridal showers, and housewarming gifts,” says owner Renee Bowles of chewygourmetkitchen.com.

Making candied apples at home

Treat your guests to a candy-shop experience by making candied apples at home and offering a buffet of candy toppings. You will need a double broiler or fondue pot to slowly melt the caramel or chocolate for dipping apples. (In a hurry? There are also microwavable melting pots and themed apple-dipping party sets perfect for dipping.) Once you dip your apples, it’s time to choose the toppings!

Candied apple toppings

Here’s a list of topping suggestions to roll your caramel apple or candied apple into:

  • pistachio nuts
  • almonds
  • cashews
  • yogurt chips
  • Reese’s pieces
  • Mini M&Ms
  • white, milk, or dark chocolate chips
  • pecan pieces
  • almonds and coconut shavings
  • macadamia nuts
  • cinnamon and pecans
  • colorful sprinkles
  • walnuts
  • toffee and pecans
  • crushed Oreos
  • crushed graham crackers
  • walnuts and miniature marshmallows

Caramel Apple Recipe

Ingredients:

8 red delicious apples

8  6” candy sticks

1 1⁄3 cups dark brown sugar

1 1⁄3 cups dark corn syrup

3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1⁄3 cups sugar

1 1⁄3 cups heavy cream

1⁄4 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. butter

2 cups of toppings

Instructions:

1. Remove stems from apples and insert candy sticks

2. Lightly oil parchment paper or wax paper and set aside. Combine corn syrup, brown sugar, sugar, salt, cream, and 2/3 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often, and cook until your candy thermometer registers 240°F. Immediately remove pan from all heat. Whisk in the butter and vanilla until fully blended.

3. Moving quickly, dip apples into caramel, turning them to coat evenly. Great tip: hold the apples by stick over saucepan, letting excess caramel fall back into the saucepan. Here’s the fun: roll apples in chopped nuts, candies and desired toppings and then place apples on lightly oiled wax paper.

4. Let cool completely and then enjoy or wrap in cellophane and tie with ribbons to give them as gifts (give them the day you make them to ensure freshness. There are no preservatives so these are quickly perishable.

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