5 Ingredients or Fewer

Snow White's Apple

October  8, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

My mother always made candied apples for Halloween. She made a huge batch for the neighborhood kids every year. She added red food coloring to make them bright red. I decided that the apples were gorgeous as nature intended so I left that ingredient out. This is so simple it is hardly a recipe...but it is a solid tradition. (the candy thermometer was my mother's at least 40 years ago). I used winesap apples, a US heirloom variety. The trees on our property are over 100 years old. - dymnyno —dymnyno

Test Kitchen Notes

It has been a long time since I have eaten a candy apple and I am glad I decided to do so today. It reminded me of all the things you dream about as a child and today I am certain dymnyno just made two little girls' dreams come true. Her recipe is excellent; the directions are spot on. I had forgotten how much I like candy apples but this recipe reminded me how great it is to crack into the thin caramel crust and bite into a crisp, tasty, heirloom apple. Absolutely perfect for a fall day. – thirschfeld —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 gorgeous firm, tart apples, like winesap
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  1. Put the sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil until hard crack which is about 295 to 310 F This may take about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Use a firm, tart, pretty colored apple...I used winesap...a US Heirloom apple.
  3. Stick a wooden skewer into the top of each apple and twirl each into the hot sugar to coat. Keep twirling until all the excess is twirled off.
  4. To make the golden crown pour some of the sugar that is carmelizing into a glass of cold water.
  5. Place the crown on top of the apple.
  6. Sprinkle with a teeny bit of sea salt.

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11 Reviews

ChefMommy July 5, 2011
I made them with granny smith apples and they turned out awesome. Again thanks for the sharing your recipe and the inspiration to try something new!
ChefMommy July 3, 2011
I am making these today for a dinner party tonight. It is the first time I have worked with sugar like this....so I am a little apprehensive but I think I am on the right track. thanks for this amazing recipe.
Rita B. November 1, 2010
Absolutely gorgeous!
Hilarybee October 10, 2010
Amazingly beautiful. Do you dress up as the wicked queen when you hand them out? Because that would be perfect.
dymnyno October 28, 2010
I am imaging myself dressed up as the Wicked Witch and passing out these candied apples with a Wicked Witch Martini in the other hand!
MuyBueno October 9, 2010
I love history with a recipe. Great job!
Lizthechef October 9, 2010
I LOVE this!!
TiggyBee October 9, 2010
These are fantastic!!
Sagegreen October 9, 2010
I love the whole presentation, the story, the name, the photo!
dymnyno October 9, 2010
Thanks! Mrs. L
mrslarkin October 8, 2010
This is perfect, Mary. Love the crown!