Halloween Candy Apples are super easy and spooky treat for Halloween. Sweet & Tarty Granny Smith Apples coated in black colored sugar candy coating is so spooky and fun to make and makes for a perfect Halloween treat for kids and adults
Or you can even use these Halloween Candy Apples as a party favor or gifts for kids. Simply wrap these Candy Apples in cellophane, tied with a bow on top and its ready to be gifted!
Candy Apples for Halloween
So when my kids were growing up, we used to go to the mall and every time we spotted Candy Apples my kids used to rush to get them and more often than not, we used to enjoy this finger licking treat before we came back home.
Caramel Candied Apples is one of the most loved snacks in our home. Besides making it for Thanksgiving or sometimes just for a fun evening snack, these years I've started making them for Halloween as well.
A few years back, I made Halloween Candy Apples, coating black candy melts onto firm, and juicy granny smith apples! And they were such a huge hit.
Kids from all around the block came to my house to get them. I had to store some later for kids at home.
This year too, continuing the tradition, I am going to make a big batch of these Halloween Candy Apples.
- Candy Apples for Halloween
- Ingredients needed to make Halloween Candy Apples
- How to make Halloween Candy Apples
- Plan Your Halloween Party
- Can I coat Halloween Candy Apples with any other colors?
- How to decorate Candy Apples for Halloween?
- Top Tips to make the Best Halloween Candy Apples
- More Halloween Treats
- Halloween Candy Apples
Ingredients needed to make Halloween Candy Apples
Listed below is a quick list of ingredients you will need to make Halloween Candy Apples
- Apples - I love to use juicy and Organic Granny Smith Apples. Both Red and Green Granny Smith Apples are available at this time of the year and makes for a great apple treat for Halloween. However, feel free to use Fuji Apples or even Pink Lady Apples if you have access to those.
FOR CANDY COATING
- Granulated Sugar and Water - to melt the sugar and make sugar syrup
- Black Food Color - I always recommend to use black gel food color, as you get deep black color in just a few drops from this
- Corn syrup - helps thicken the candy coating
- Vanilla - Since i am using regular corn syrup, I add vanilla extract separately. However if you can find Vanilla Corn Syrup, you do not need to add Vanilla Extract separately.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make Halloween Candy Apples
Wash the apples, and dry them using a kitchen towel. Remove the stem.
Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper and grease with butter on top.
Use a metal straw to punch hole over the apple and insert a bamboo skewer or a natural branch if you want to.
To make the candy coating, add sugar and water in a saucepan over medium low heat.
As the sugar dissolves, add corn syrup, vanilla extract and black food color.
Stir to combine and let this mixture come to a slow boil over low heat.
Use a candy thermometer to check the temp. It should be about 300F.
Carefully, remove the sugar mixture from heat.
Dip the apples in the candy coating and place on the lined baking dish.
Repeat with remaining apples. Once the apples harden, serve.
Remember that the candy mixture hardens really quickly. So you need to be really fast while coating the apples.
Hint: As the candy mixture comes to a boil, do not stir. Dip your spatula in water and stir at then end, to remove any sugar crystals which might have got stuck to the bottom of the pan.
These Candy Apples are best served on the day! However if you have to make them ahead of time, then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or pack them with cellophane and then refrigerate for a day.
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Can I coat Halloween Candy Apples with any other colors?
Yes of course! you can go for any colored candy melts or food coloring. Especially for Halloween, Green, Purple and orange looks perfect!
How to decorate Candy Apples for Halloween?
Besides coating the apples in black candy coating you can decorate them with candy eyes to make it even spooky. Or drizzle melted white chocolate on top to give it a spider web look.
Top Tips to make the Best Halloween Candy Apples
- Be extra careful while you're melting sugar. Sugar melts really fast.
- Do not leave melting sugar alone on the stove
- Make sure the skewers are inserted perfectly in the apples
- If the candy coating gets hardens while coating, add it to heat and melt again.
- Tilt the pan to one side and coat the apples properly
- Allow the apples at least 10 min of resting time
More Halloween Treats
- Halloween Donuts
- Mummy Brownies
- Halloween Crinkle Cookies
- Spooky Halloween Monster Eyes Brownies
- Halloween Pretzel Treats
- Halloween Oreo Bark
- Spooky Halloween M&M Cookies
- Halloween Swirl Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies
- Halloween Oreo Mummy Treats
- Jack Skellington OREO Cookies
- Halloween Monster Eyes Cookies
- Halloween Graveyard Cupcakes
- Spooky Halloween Spider Cupcakes
- No Bake Halloween Sugar Wafer Cookies
Halloween Candy Apples
- 6 medium sized Granny Smith Apples cleaned and wax removed
- 2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup Corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Black Gel Food Color
- wooden skewers or natural branches
- Wash the apples, and dry them using a kitchen towel. Remove the stem.Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper and grease with butter on top. Use a metal straw to punch hole over the apple and insert a bamboo skewer or a natural branch if you want to.
- To make the candy coating, add sugar and water in a saucepan over medium low heat.As the sugar dissolves, add corn syrup, vanilla extract and black food color. Stir to combine and let this mixture come to a slow boil over low heat. As the candy mixture comes to a boil, do not stir. Dip your spatula in water and then stir towards the end, to remove any sugar crystals which might have got stuck to the bottom of the pan. Use a candy thermometer to check the temp. It should be about 300F.
- Carefully, remove the sugar mixture from heat. Dip the apples in the candy coating and place on the lined baking dish.
- Repeat with remaining apples. Once the apples harden, serve.