Real Candy Apples



10 servings

Real Candy Apples

Photo: donovanbeeson/Flickr

This is a thoroughly reprehensible treat with very little redeeming nutritional value (apart from the actual apple). It is messy to eat, sticks to your teeth and is completely wonderful.


  • 10 small, very red apples
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup


  • Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Remove stems and poke popsicle sticks securely into stem ends.
  • Combine the sugar, water, vanilla and corn syrup in a large, deep pan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Continue cooking the syrup without stirring until it reaches 280°F (140°C) on a candy thermometer (yes, you really do need to use one).
  • Remove from heat and dip apples, one at a time, into syrup. Place apples on a greased pan to cool. These are best eaten the day they are made, but will keep until the next day if necessary.