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.
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