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Candy Apples, Inspired by Wayne Thiebaud's "Candy Apples"

November  9, 2015
Photo by Rebecca Firkser | Spices and Spatulas
Author Notes

Nothing has ever made me feel more like one of the witches in Macbeth than when I was boiling this pot of sugary red goodness. If you’re brave, bite right into an apple once the candy has cooled, but I like to slice them up for serving.

Recipe is by Martha Stewart. —Rebecca Firkser

  • Makes 6 apples
Ingredients
  • Butter or cooking spray, for parchment paper
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (optional, but festive)
  • 6 medium apples (I used Granny Smith)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; butter parchment, and set aside. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, corn syrup, and food coloring, if using. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-high. Insert candy thermometer and continue to boil until temperature reaches between 300° and 310° (hard crack stage), about 20 minutes.
  2. Insert a wooden stick into the top of each apple, pushing about halfway through; set aside. When mixture reaches temperature, immediately remove from heat. Working quickly, dip apples in sugar mixture until completely coated. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; allow to cool.

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Rebecca Firkser is a New York City-based food writer and cook. Her byline has appeared in number of publications, among them Food52, TASTE, Extra Crispy, Healthyish by Bon Appetit, and Tasting Table.