Halloween Candied Apples

By Jimmy Kennedy, & Justin Brouillard
Cook Ambassadors

These candied apples taste just as good as the red ones that you get from the local fair, but the black coloring makes them perfect for Halloween. You can also decorate them with gummy worms or other “scary” candy. 

The process of candying them might, at first, seem daunting, but it’s quite easy and worth giving it a try. You can do this at home, on a camp stove or even on a well-maintained campfire. 


  • 4 small- to medium-sized apples
  • 4 sticks or skewers
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Purple food coloring
  • Black food coloring
  • Parchment paper or baking sheet
  • Gummy worms or candy of choice, for decorating


  1. Insert a stick or skewer into the top of an apple using the pointed end of the stick. Make sure it’s secure enough to pick the apple up using just the stick. 
  2. Place the parchment paper or baking sheet on a plate.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat the sugar, corn syrup and water over medium heat while stirring. Add a few drops of each color of food coloring and continue to stir. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  4. Turn the heat to low and place a candy thermometer in the sugar mixture, and continue to cook, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 290 to 295 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Have the apples ready to go and quickly twirl them into the candied sugar. You may have to tilt the pan to completely cover the apples, and it’s okay to use a spoon to help. When the apples are nice and coated, let them drip back into the saucepan, then place on the parchment paper or baking sheet and let cool.
  6. When cooled completely, decorate with gummy worms or other candy and serve to your family or guests for a special Halloween treat. Trick or treat!

Yield: 6 candied apples

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10-15 minutes

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