Today I am sharing how I made these really colorful and vibrant candy apples from scratch. You can DIY this at home so quickly and easily. I had to purchase the correct colors of food coloring yet I already had the wooden dowels or sticks from a previous candy apple project, and I went and tried to find the smallest apples possible so they would be perfect portion sizes for kids as well as adults that do not want all the sweetness. These particular candy apples are the 'hard shell' candy apples, like a lollipop or jolly rancher candy's texture.
Apples (small or medium are perfect for little hands)
2 Teaspoon White Food Coloring
2 Teaspoon Hot Pink Food Coloring
Wooden/ Paper Sticks
1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract (or different flavor)
Baking Sheet or Parchment Paper
Cooking Non-stick Spray
1/2 Cup light Corn Syrup
1 Cup Water
3 Cups granulated Sugar
Gather your ingredients, I thought I had corn syrup but I forgot I used it all during the holidays so make sure you have everything.
Image above: I used wax, but next time I will be using PARCHMENT, it would work so much nicer for this project. The wax paper wanted to stick to candy underneath.
Image above: Here you can (sort of) see the size of the food coloring, you can order them or pick them up at a party supply store, craft store that carries cake decorating supplies, or professional bakery supply.
Wash apples, REMOVE stem, and make sure they are completely dry. Insert the sticks and set them aside. Prepare the baking sheet with cooking non-stick spray, wax paper, or parchment paper, this is where the apples will cool.
Find a sturdy, thick, medium size, pot and place candy thermometer on side but be sure not to have it tough the bottom of sauce pan. Next, spray your 1/2 cup measuring cup with cooking spray BEFORE pouring in the light corn syrup.
I used the Americolor Bright White soft gel food coloring .75oz bottle, and the Americolor Electric Pink soft gel food coloring, .75oz bottle. You can trade the pink out for any color to make a different bright opaque color when combined with the bright white food coloring gel.
Once candy mix reaches 300-302 degrees F or the (hard crack candy phase), depending on your stove it show be about 15-20 minutes, keep your eye on it you do not want to burn the candy. Do not let mixture over boil out of pot.
Step 4: Then when candy mix reaches 302 degrees F, stir in your Vanilla, or whatever flavoring you purchased for project.
Quickly dip each apple, let excess drip off then place on baking sheet to cool. WARNING: be careful, candy is very hot and kids should not help with this stage.
Store at room temperature, DO NOT store in refrigerator....outer candy coating will become sticky and 'liquify' and you will have a mess.
Package them in cellophane wrap, saran wrap, or box them to give as treats. These are a great idea for birthday parties, valentines day, candy dessert bars, baby/ bridal showers, breast cancer awareness month, cheerleading, carnival themes, weddings, bacherlorette, sorority sister gifts etc. They last for about 3-7 days, keep out of sunlight.
Hope you really enjoy this tutorial, please comment, or email if you have questions!!!
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