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Easy Homemade Candy Apples

This recipe for Easy Homemade Candy Apples combines fresh apples, sugar, corn syrup and red food coloring to make fall’s favorite homemade treat!

I used to think that candy apples were too hard to make so I’d find myself buying them for twice the amount that I could make them homemade.

But recently, I figured out that I was so WRONG.

Candy apples are NOT hard to make and honestly, I think they turn out and even taste better when homemade fresh in your kitchen.

Don’t believe me?

Give this recipe for candy apples a try and then try to convince yourself otherwise.

I will say that there are a few tricks to making the perfect candy apple and I’ve included those below.

Candy Apple Preparation Tips:

  1. It is important the apples are 100% dry before coating them.
  2. Making the candy coating is a slow process, be patient and stay nearby! Things move VERY quickly towards the end.
  3. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can make a pretty close guess to when the candy is done cooking when a spoon forms a thin thread when being lifted from the mixture. If it pours off easily, it’s not done.
  4. I used about ½ tsp of red gel coloring to get this shade.
  5. If the candy mixture sets too quick while dipping, place the mixture back onto heat to re-melt.
  6. I used sticks from outside for these! To make them yourself, gather 6 sticks about twice the height of the apples you are using. Wash them and allow to dry overnight. Using modge podge, coat the top half of each stick and apply glitter. Seal in place with a second coat.
  7. To easily clean your pans after this recipe, add water to the empty pan and bring to a boil. This will make it easier to clean the candy off!


What You Need to Make Easy Homemade Candy Apples:

How to Make Easy Homemade Candy Apples:

Easy Homemade Candy Apples

Easy Homemade Candy Apples

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This recipe for Easy Homemade Candy Apples combines fresh apples, sugar, corn syrup and red food coloring to make fall’s favorite homemade treat!


  • 6 Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Sticks


  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Insert a stick
    into the top of the apples and set aside.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper, sprayed with
    cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, mix the sugar, corn syrup and
    water and attach the candy thermometer to the side of the pan, ensuring that
    the bottom reaches the mixture.
  4. Cook the mixture over medium heat, until the candy
    thermometer reaches 300 degrees.
  5. Remove the pan from heat and stir in red food coloring
    until desired color is reached.
  6. Dip each apple into the melted sugars, allowing access
    to drip off. Dip each apple 2-3 times before setting them on the sprayed wax
    paper to set.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 406Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 104gFiber: 3gSugar: 99gProtein: 0g

Remember with this recipe, slow and steady wins the race or in this case, makes the most gorgeous and tasty candy apples around!

Start by making your candy mixture.

Then add the food coloring until you reach a bright, beautiful red. Then dip your apple into the mixture.

And set aside to dry.

Then enjoy!!

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Friday 11th of October 2019

I had problems with my apples oozing juice from where the stick is inserted. What do you suggest for that. My caramel was good, my chocolate was good, my candy dip was good, but all oozed juice near the stick and ruined the caramel, the choc and the candy.


Thursday 11th of November 2021

@Lp, Make sure where you inserted the stick is completely covered with the coating

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