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Hard Candy Apples

These were actually so much easier to make than I thought they would be. The hardest part was getting the wax off of the apples!

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Hard Candy Apples

Pretty and tasty, these are not your typical red candy apples.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time28 minutes
Total Time38 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy
Servings: 6 apples
Calories: 405kcal


  • candy thermometer
  • candy apple sticks
  • wax paper
  • cooking spray


  • 6-8 medium apples
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp white food coloring
  • 2 tsp food coloring
  • 1 tsp clear extract


  • Prepare apples. Start by boiling a large pot of water and 1/4 vinegar.
  • Once the water is boiling, put in 1-2 apples at a time for 5 seconds, no longer than 10 seconds.
  • Pull the apples out of the water and wipe down with a coarse towel to remove any remaining wax and also to dry them completely.
  • Pierce each apple with a candy apple stick and set apples aside.
  • Whisk together sugar, syrup, water and both food coloring in a heavy bottom saucepan.
  • (the white food coloring makes the color opaque so that the red or green of the apples don't show through and tint the final desired color. Best not to skip this step.)
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Place candy thermometer in the mixture but not touching the bottom.
  • Boil until the candy reaches the hard crack stage, about 310°F. This will take time but you dont have to stir the mixture- it's actually better if you dont.
  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper and coat it generously with cooking spray.
  • Once the candy reaches 310°, immediately remove it from heat and gently stir in clear extract.
  • Dip and swirl each apple until they are coated. Set on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy!


Sodium: 21mg | Calcium: 6mg | Sugar: 105g | Potassium: 2mg | Calories: 405kcal | Fat: 1g | Carbohydrates: 105g | Iron: 1mg

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