These are always a hit at our Halloween parties. I make different colors than the original red (purple, black,green) and if you want to be "fancy" you can dip them first in the clear syrup, then 3/4 up in red (let cool completely in between dips) and half dip in black :) I also sprinkle them with "witch dust" ;)
Lightly spray parchment or wax paper with cooking oil spray and set aside until needed. Place the sticks securely in the apples, entering at the stems. Set aside until needed
In a sauce pot, combine sugar, water, corn syrup, black food coloring, and cinnamon extract, stir and insert a candy thermometer. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-high. Boil until the mixture reaches 300°F, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. (see my below table link for candy stages)
Immediately and quickly dip the apples into the syrup, twisting to cover the apple. Place the candied apples onto the prepared parchment or wax paper and allow to cool. Apples can be made up to 6 hours in advance of serving!