Old Fashioned Candied Apples

Old Fashioned Candied Apples Recipe

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Lee Jacintho


These are the kind you found at the circus or carnival! Not the newer version covered with cramel. A candy thermometer is needed for this, as well as popsicle sticks. The number of apples needed depends on the size of the apples, probably 4 medium ones. The recipe states that each batch candies approximately 1 dozen medium apples. I'm not sure I trust that. Cook time depends on your altitude where you live, heat of your burner, and pot used.
You may want to read the NOTES in Step 6 before making them.


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  • 2 c
  • 1 c
  • 1/4 tsp
    cream of tartar
  • ·
    red food coloring drops
  • 4-12 medium
  • ·
    popsicle sticks or something similar

How to Make Old Fashioned Candied Apples


  1. Mix 1st 3 ingredients in saucepan.
  2. Put on high heat with candy thermometer positioned in center of fluid level.
  3. While it is boiling, thoroughly wash and dry your apples, and spear with the sticks.
  4. Boil mixture until reaches hard crack (300ºF), then immediately add red food coloring and stir.
  5. Quickly dip the apples, twisting to cover, and set on a greased cookie sheet.
  6. NOTES:
    You may want to use a deep, narrow pan, and tilt it to cover the apples well.
    You should not make the coating too thick as it will be hard to bite through to the apple.
    A reviewer suggested that you could also make the coating orange, and reserve some to tint black. The drizzle the black over the up-turned apples!
    The same reviewer said she covered 12 medium apple.

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About Old Fashioned Candied Apples

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts, Candies
Other Tag: For Kids

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