How to Make Candy Apples Any Color!!

How to Make Candy Apples Any Color wm

 How to Make Candy Apples Any Color!!

So, this morning I woke up and the first thing on my to-do list was Hot Pink and Orange Candy Apples. The only problem was… I had never made candy apples “from scratch” before. I’ve made blue candy apples using the mix from Sugarcraft (search: candy apple mix).  And I’ve made regular red candy apples, using those little boxes/kits from the grocery store.

Craftsy

But that’s it.   Well… my customer didn’t want red or blue … or any color that came in a kit/mix.   She wanted pink and orange.  So I had to do them from scratch. I had done my research a few weeks ago and two recipes stood out to me… one from Sweetopolita and one from Sweet Bake Shop. After reading through them a few times, I realized they were very similar!

How to Make Hot Pink and Orange Candy Apples

I just needed to change the colors – I wanted solid hot pink and bright orange… and I didn’t have any special flavors to add – so I just used some vanilla extract!

Here’s how I made the bright colored candy apples!  You could easily change the colors to whatever you wanted, or even make them swirly like Sweetopolita did! And you could exchange the vanilla for any flavoring oil you like… strawberry, cotton candy, bubble gum, watermelon, cinnamon (bet that would be good on an apple)… there are dozens of LorAnn flavors to choose from!

Purple Grape Candy Apples

PS – my How to Make Purple (Grape) Candy Apples post is also super popular and they’re not totally from scratch (although they could be!)… … you can also make them blue (I linked to the candy apple mix I used here for these):

Bright Blue Raspberry Candy Apples

or light purple (from the recipe below)…

Purple Candy Apples 2

or SPLATTERED… love these (get more details about them here):

Splattered Bright Candy Apples

And even glittery, shiny and sparkly… you can find some details here about these glittery apples!

Red White and Blue Glitter Candy Apples Happy 4th of July

Please Note:  This recipe makes the candy on the candy apples hard.   That’s they way I’ve always eaten candy apples from the county fair and I’m convinced it’s the way they were meant to be… like hard candy.   However, there are apparently some people (like my friend Amanda.. hehe) who prefer more of a caramel apple texture (sticky, soft, chewy), and if that’s what you like… you’ll want to adjust the recipe a bit!  I think to make them softer, you would just want to bring the candy to 250° instead of 302°.  I’m not sure you’ll be able to wrap them if you make them soft… I think they’d be super sticky… but I could be wrong!

*Update for 9/9/2013.  Let me say again since some people keep missing this note…  these are candy apples… as in hard candy apples.   You know…  hard candy – like Life Savers or Jaw Breakers.  For my whole life, we’ve bought candy apples at the county fair and they’re hard … as in tooth-breaking, super-hard, gotta-lick-them-to-get-to-the-apple HARD.  That’s the way they’re meant to be!!  These are not caramel apples, soft or chewy or sticky.  They are hard.  I’m telling you this just in case anybody tries them then decides they want to send me a nasty email about how they’re hard and you can’t eat them … don’t bother.   Yes, they’re hard, yes, you can eat them… and I already know ;)

****One more last note… ha!  Many people have commented here and on the purple/grape candy apples about bubbles in the candy.  I know they aren’t nearly as pretty when that happens and it’s happened to me ALOT (I just don’t pick those to take pics of).  I’m not 100% sure what causes it but a reader left a tip telling me that if you let them drip off over the pan for about 10 seconds (holding the apple over the candy in the heat of the pot), then you don’t get bubbles and honestly, I’ve gotten a lot less of them when doing this!  I’ve also read that adding a teaspoon of butter or oil to the mix may help and that the apples must be room temperature and completely clean (wax free) and dry before dipping them.  Even the slightest moisture on the apples will cause bubbles to form in the candy.  I do hope that helps. Did I miss any details?  Do you have any questions about making candy apples?  Please leave them in the comments! This post is linked up at Tasty Creations, What’s Cookin’ WednesdayTwo Cup Tuesday, Works for Me Wednesday, What I Whipped Up Wednesday, Simply Sweet Saturdays, and Tuesday Confessional!

Here’s my printable version:

How to Make Hot Pink Candy Apples (or any other color!!)

Ingredients

  • 6-8 medium apples (washed, dried & stems removed)**
  • 3 cups of white sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or other flavoring)
  • 2 Tbsp white food coloring (I recommend AmeriColor Bright White Soft Gel Paste or Lorann White Food Coloring)
  • 1-2 tsp. of gel coloring (whichever color you want your apples to be! - I used Americolor Electric Pink and Americolor Orange) - the more color you use, the brighter the apples will be!)
  • Candy Apple Sticks (or craft sticks or short dowels)
  • ** I used rather large Granny Smith Apples. I love the tartness of the green apples, but I wish they had been smaller. They were hard to wrap and I wasn't able to dip as many as the recipe indicated!
  • Other things you'll need:
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Non-stick Spray
  • Heavy Duty Boiler or Sauce Pan
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Rubber Spatula

Instructions

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and food coloring (both the white and color you want the apples to be) in a heavy boiler (sauce pan). Turn on medium to high heat and let the mixture come to a boil.

Be sure to have a candy thermometer inserted into the mixture but not touching the bottom!

Let the candy come to 302°F (hard crack stage). This will take about 20 minutes. There's no need to stir or disturb the mixture while it heats... just be patient!

While that's going on... make sure your apples are ready (washed, dried, and on the sticks!), then spray a cookie sheet with non-stick butter spray. The "butter" flavor isn't necessary, but butter makes everything better, right? If you don't have butter, just use regular non-stick cooking spray.

When the candy reaches 302°, immediately remove it from the heat and use a rubber spatula to stir in the vanilla (or other flavor). Stir it gently to get the flavor evenly incorporated.

You'll want to work quickly because the candy will start to cool immediately. As soon as the flavor is evenly mixed in, begin dipping your apples.

I like to tilt the pot to get them really well coated, then let the excess drip off for at least 10 seconds while spinning the apples. After they're dipped, I set them on the buttered cookie sheet to harden. Be careful!!! This sugar is HOT and it will hurt you if you touch it!!

It will only take a couple of minutes and the candy will be hard and ready to eat! They keep well at room temperature for 2-3 days but do not refrigerate... they will get super sticky!

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Comments

  1. Amy Fraunfelter says:

    Love it!!! What exactly does the white gel paste do?

    • It makes the candy opaque. Otherwise, it would be “clear” pink or “clear” orange and the green or red apple underneath would show through and the color wouldn’t be true. Does that make sense? It would be like looking at a green apple through hot pink stained glass… no idea what color it would be but probably not a bright HOT pink!! :) Please let me know if that makes no sense and I’ll try again ;)

    • I have a question..I’m wondering if you didn’t put the white food colouring if the apples would be good, if it would work??

      • I’ve seen this done buy using a melon baller to scoop out balls of apple putting them on toothpicks and dipping them so they are like bite sized candy apples.

        • GWEN BICKHAM says:

          THIS IS MY FIRST TIME DURING CANDY APPLE I’VE HAVE MESS UP TWO BAGS OF APPLES BEFORE I GOT IT RIGHT BUT IT WAS AWESOME THE COLORS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND IT WAS EASY TO DO

    • HI, ROSE I WAS WONDERING, IF ITS OK TO USE THE BRIGHT WHITE GEL PASTE TO MAKE THEM WHITE, ARE YOU RECOMMEND ANOTHER BRAND

  2. Wow! I love candy apples! Carmel is ok..but I agree..candy all the way! :) I tried making them in the fall but not much success. I wasn’t quick enough and the candy hardened before I was done. I will try it again though with this recipe!

  3. WOW!! totally awesome! My future D-I-L likes candy apples and i am doing all the pastry for her shower – pink velvet cake, pink cupcakes, pink-well you get the drift – and now I can add Pink candy apples!!!! thank you !!

  4. Wow, Rose…the candy apples look fabulous. Great idea. You always come up with super fantastic cakes, cupcakes, cookies and now this. You can see the love you put into everything you do. You are so creative and by sharing your creations, you give us the opportunity to become super creative too. Thank you for sharing your works of art with us. I’ve followed you since the beginning of your baking blog and you’ve really grown as a professional.

  5. Amy Fraunfelter says:

    Nope that makes PERFECT sense ~ so if I still want good candy apples but not as strong of a color just dont add it!!! Got it!!!!

  6. Rose,
    These are beautiful! I never made candied apples and would not have thought to make them anything other than red! This is a great treat for the kids. Thanks for sharing at Tasty Creations. Have a great week.
    Michelle

  7. How fun is that! I saw your post at Buns In My Oven link party. Thank you!

  8. These are amazing! I have yet to make candy apples. They’ve been on my to do list. Now I really want to try some soon. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Such a fun color for the Spring. Any time is a great time for candy apples! Thanks for linking up to Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I’ve pinned this for later.

  10. These are so neat looking. I will definitely pin these to make later.

  11. how awesome are these??! I love the bright colors, thanks for sharing the how to!

  12. Beth @ The First Year Blog says:

    Wowza! Saw you featured at Sugar and Dots. I am pinning this!!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  13. Thank you so much Rose for sharing your recipe with everyone… I love making my candy apples from scratch but never knew how to give it that look without having to dip the apple in colored chocolate. I really appreciate your sharing!! God bless.

    Talesha

  14. Kiddy Delight says:

    Hello Rose,

    Thank you for this. Can I not just dip them in chocolate(melted) like for cake pops?

    • You absolutely could, but I wouldn’t consider that a “traditional” candy apple. These have the same flavor, texture, hardness, etc. of the hard candy apples that are sold at fairs & carnivals but now they can be any color – not just red!

      • The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory dip theirs in chocolate, (they also do caramel though I’ve never seen candied) and they are phenomenal- you could do white chocolate and color it yourself or just buy the colored melting chocolate. Then you can, if you’d like, roll it in crushed candy, cookies or other toppings.

  15. I should be ok with buying the color kit from Amazon right? the white is included.

    • Just keep in mind that those are pretty small bottles, so it may take an entire bottle of white to do one batch of candy apples. I buy the 6 ounce bottles of Super White so I can do multiple batches!

      • Do you have to clean out the pot inbetween multiple batches?if so what is the best way to get the hard candy out of the pot?

        • It’s hard to wash and use immediately – I usually fill the pot with water and let it soak a long time, then the sugar just dissolves. So, I end up dirtying multiple pots for multiple batches.

          • What I found that works the best after the candy is gone from the pot is put water in it right away and return to stove and boil the water, the left over sugar dissolves and you just wipe out the pot. Then dry it and reuse the same pot. Hope this helps and by the way those apples look DELICIOUS! !

  16. I’ve never had a candy apple. How do you eat them? Are you able to bite through the candy? Does it all crack and fall off the apple? Love those pretty colors!! So fun!

  17. Merideth says:

    These are so cute! I’m considering doing these for my son’s 3rd birthday, but I wasn’t sure if they were pre-schooler friendly. Do you think little kids would be safe eating the hard candy? Do you think I could cut the apple into circular slices (like cutting an onion for onion rings…not apple wedges if that makes any sense) to make it easier for them to get their little mouth’s around?

    • Honestly, I probably wouldn’t do them for kids that young. I don’t necessarily think they’d choke on them but they would have a hard time biting into them and really enjoying them. My 2 year old just likes to lick them ;) I do understand how you’re thinking of cutting them but I’m not sure it would work. If you dip them first, then cut, they’ll crack pretty bad and the candy may not stay on. And I’m not sure dipping them after slicing is an option because the inside has so much juice – the candy probably wouldn’t stick.

  18. Do you then the pearl sheen would work for this?also would the airbrush colors like the silver work?

    • I’m honestly not sure!? I think if you maybe colored the candy white then you should be able to spray any color over it. But if you leave it clear/caramel colored, it may not work so well? You’ll just have to experiment!

      • I’m trying to leave my on comment, but I keep getting an error message, so I’m going to piggyback on Polly’s comment. Sorry Polly!
        Great Recipe! Yesterday was my first time ever making candy apples and I made this recipe in neon green. They turned out beautiful! I only have two issues: the white specs from the bright white coloring and after they sit overnight, I had small holes in the dried shell. Is there anyway to get rid of the white specs, like maybe adding the bright white americolor into the mix a little earlier (in hope of the specs separating to form a even color as a end result. Finally, I’m not sure what to do about the holes. I am assuming they are air bubbles, but I’m baffled because they almost dry instantly and when I bagged them, they were hard. So, how did they get there? Thanks again for such a great recipe. I will definitely make these again!

  19. Great Recipe! This was my first time ever making candy apples and II made this recipe yesterday in neon green. They turned out beautiful! I only have two issues: the white specs from the bright white coloring and after they sit overnight, I had small holes in the dried shell. Is there anyway to get rid of the white specs, like maybe adding the bright white americolor into the mix a little earlier (in hope of the specs separating to form a even color as a end result. Finally, I’m not sure what to do about the holes. I am assuming they are air bubbles, but I’m baffled because they almost dry instantly and when I bagged them, they were hard. So, how did they get there? Thanks again for such a great recipe. I will definitely make these again!

    • Your comment is here… it was just waiting approval ;) I’m afraid I won’t be much help on your questions. I have the white specks too but they don’t bother me much. I thought of maybe trying to use less white, or seeing if there’s another brand available, but like I said, it doesn’t really bother me.

      As for the bubbles, I HATE them, but again, I have no idea how to prevent them. Sometimes I have tons of bubbles show up – sometimes none at all. I’ve recently read that you can add a touch of butter or shortening to the hot candy before dipping and it’ll help but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m making more this weekend so I’m gonna see how it works.

      • Hi Rose. Just wanting to know if you tried these with the butter or shortening. I am also having issues with the bubbles. Thanks.

        • I did try the butter. It seemed to help a little, but I still had bubbles. I just don’t know if there’s a way to prevent them… sorry :-/

          • I had some at the end come out perfect and there was two factors so I’m not sure which one did it or if it was the mix of them but I noticed when I was dipping at the end the candy in the pot had cooled enough that it had no bubbles on top and the last few apples I used were very cold from the fridge.

      • LorAnns makes a white color that does not leave specs. I used it for a lavender and they came out perfect with no specs. I also used it with a purple and black mixture to experiment for halloween. It was totally cool. They streaked perfectly.

    • The first time I tried the recipe I had lots of air bubbles. I started washing my apples in hot water and vinegar really good and then making sure they are completely dry using paper towels and I see a huge difference.

  20. Cheyenne says:

    you are AMAZING mam i did this my first time and it came out perfecto ! :) THANK YOU ! <3

  21. Great recipe! Just finished.. but now how do I get the pan clean? Any suggestions?

  22. Eva Luna says:

    I Looove candy apples, I can’t wait to make these with my daughter, she loves color on everything. Thanks a bunch! Rose

  23. I Love it! Great idea for my baby hello kitty party… I will be doing pink and green. I’m so excited to start… Thanks for the idea! where do i purchase the wrappers for the apples?

  24. And thank you from the Netherlands as well! There are a lot of things I miss from the USA and candy apples are 1 of them. I’ll sure gonna try this.

  25. Kim Weathersby says:

    Rose,

    These are beautiful!! I have been looking for an idea to raise money, and I think this is perfect! Everyone loves candy apples, and they are only available here in October for a week when the fair comes. What do you think is a good price to sell them?

  26. I have to make 160 of these… in your opinion do you think I should make a few at a time or one big batch?

  27. aishwarya says:

    they are just wonderful

  28. I would never have thought to make candy apples any other colour than red. Thanks for the idea.

  29. Hi
    i made a trial run of toffee apples was hoping to use them for a 1 year old birthday party but they came out rock hard, I think too hard for the kids is there anything i could do to make them less hard or did i do something wrong as i did take longer than 20 minutes around 30 minutes to get to 302.
    thanks

    • I’m sorry about that, but there is a note in the post (check under the 3rd picture) about them being hard and that being the way I make them on purpose, but also instructions for how to make them softer. However, I’m not sure you can change them once they’re done. I think they’ll soften if you stick them in the frig, but they also get really, really sticky. :-(

  30. I made these candy apples the other day and the candy was cooked to 302. Everything steemed to work out the oly problem I had was when I put them down after dipping and letting excess run off it was like not enough candy ran off when they were hardened it was likes discs on the bottom making it difficult to eat. Any suggestions? Thanks a bunch!

  31. Any idea why my candy apples (colored) came out too thick? Used everything your recipe called for.

  32. those are really cool!

  33. These were not edible. The candy was so hard and got stuck to my teeth so bad I thought they were going to break. I also can’t get it off the pan! :(

    • I’m sorry you felt they were inedible but I did stress in the post that I like them really hard – that’s the way we’ve always made them and bought them from the county fair. There was a note that you could alter the temperature for a softer finish. As for the pan, fill it with water and let it soak for a few hours – the sugar will dissolve right out :)

  34. My daughter is turning 3 and wants a “Purple Tinker Bell Party”. I was trying to find good party favors that everyone could enjoy and weren’t those $.10 cheapo toys that get thrown away that cost a fortune! I thought candy apples sounds great and adults could enjoy them, too! In search of candy apple making kits, I keep coming up empty, apparently they are popular. So I search the internet for a recipe from scratch and came upon this recipe where I can even make PURPLE candy apples!!! I think your note at the bottom about them being hard is quite amusing, when I think candy apple, I think hard apple. Like you, I was thinking of the ones we used to get at the fair, which you definitely could NOT bite into :). Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! You may just be a life saver! We are trying it out this Saturday, I will let you know how our purple turns out. We are choosing to go with clear purple rather than opaque. The apple theme matches in with the forest for Tinker Bell so we thought clear purple so you can see the apples. Thanks for explaining that in the first comment post, too :).

    • Yay!! You are the first person to agree that they should be hard! :) Good luck with your apples and your party – it sounds like a fun theme!

      • Rose, I love love red candy apples from the fair!! I make them around Halloween time. This is a great idea – colored candy apples! When I was younger, me and my brothers would tap our candy apples on a hard surface to create cracks in the surface so we could more easily bite into them. Make sure to dip right away (quickly) while the candy sugar is very very hot so you get a more thin shell, which makes them easier to bite into later. And never dip twice! Also if serving at a party, simply slice wedges out of the candy apples. The candy coating will not come off. They look so pretty sliced on a platter and everyone will have some. I’m so exciting to make these!!

  35. Thanks so much! Excited to try them tonight. I definitly agree with you, candy apples should be rock hard and crunchy!

  36. I always wanted to know how to make candy apple in different color now I know thank you so much I will have to make some for my niece birthday party by the way I love all your work

  37. Hello is there anything else I can use I can not get my hands on the white gel paste and need the apples for sat

  38. OMG, these are so gorgeous, almost too pretty to eat!

  39. Laura Billiot says:

    Where can I get americoolor bright white soft gel paste?

    • I buy online from Country Kitchen Sweetart or Amazon here. But I live way out in the sticks and can’t find things I need in my tiny hometown. If you have more shopping options, any cake supply store will carry it or Michael’s or Hobby Lobby should.

  40. Going to make these tonight and try some with apple slices, my kids just lick the candy coating off anyways lol I figure if it doesn’t stick to the sliced apples I will just drop it on parchment paper and have suckers. They want root beer flavored ones. I don’t think I will be trying that batch lol

    • Sounds like a good plan ;)

      • They turned out amazing! I used Wilton white cake icing and sky blue for the color, butterscotch for the flavor and while I’m having issues wrapping my head around blue with butterscotch flavor they are so good :) instead of spraying the pan with cooking spray I coated it in plain sugar and ghost and bat shaped sprinkles, they are almost to pretty to eat lol. Now to let my pot soak possibly for days lol there was a lot of candy left on the bottom some got turned into blob shaped suckers but the rest hardened before I could scrape it out lol.

  41. :( I made the purple ones turned out fab….then made the pink ones tons of air bubbles looks like warts lol but still looked pretty doing the pink for breast cancer awareness :) ty for your blog it really helped

  42. Do you know where I could get white & gel food coloring instore? I need to make them Friday

  43. Hi Rose,
    I love this idea, but since they are “Hard” as you say, why not make a mini version. I recently saw a recipe where someone used a melon baller to cut smaller “apples” out of a large apple. Then they candied those. I would think, dip them in say white chocolate first, then once hard dip them in the Candy coating? Would that work? Use a toothpick instead of the larger sticks. This would create small, bite sized hard candy apples. I would think that would be ideal.
    Rose

  44. Hi we’re do u get the coloring from like what store

    • I buy mine online through the links above. You could get them at a hobby store like Hobby Lobby or Michaels or a cake decorating supplies store.

  45. I’m going to have to try this from scratch recipe. I always used the red candy shell you get in the kits and added a little extra cinnamon extract to it. I found that smaller fruits make great party snacks. I use toothpicks and dip grapes, cherries, pineapple rings cut into bite sizes, as well as peach and pear pieces. We always run out no matter how many I make. Sorry I don’t have a picture but I’m sure you can visualize it.

  46. Hi Rose,
    Your desserts look awesomely pretty. My daughter has been requesting candy apples for a while now. Being unable to find the kit in the store, i looked online and found your site. I will make candy apples as soon as i gather all the supplies.
    Will the candy lose it’s top covering after i place them on the tray? Also, there is a comment about cutting out ball sizes, will that yield the same result?

    Your new sweet follower,
    Kyndra

    • Hi Kyndra! I’m so glad you’re here!! Sadly, I might not be able to help much. I’m not sure I understand your question about losing the top? And as far as the bite size balls, I haven’t tried that yet. I know it work with caramel apples but I haven’t tried it with candy. If you try it, let us know how it turns out!

  47. Just found your site…very nice. Love the candy apples. I must say that I was surprised that some people didn’t get the fact that the candy apples you made have a hard shell…That’s the difference between CANDY Apple and CARAMEL Apple….I remember the candy ones like you and they’re the BEST!

    Will try your recipe this week!! CANDY Apples all the way baby!!

  48. boy you were not kidding about moving fast once its done, I only got 4 small apples done and more than half of the rest is hard as a rock on the bottom of my sauce pan. I did orange and they look great, but I need to practice and get a big bottle of white food coloring.

  49. Connie jones says:

    Thank you for this recipe! I found everything I needed at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and WalMart. The first batch I made way too soft and they got stuck in my teeth. The second batch was marvelous. I let it boil a little bit longer. I Meade pink candy apples and dipped them in pink sprinkles. Now I need to make caramel apples. I think it will be hard for the caramel to stick. Any suggestions on caramel apples?

    • Honestly, I’ve never made caramel apples but I think they’re pretty easy. I bought a bag of Kraft Caramels and there was a recipe on the back of the bag!

  50. I love these! Thanks for sharing in our link party!! Please feel free to like my facebook and see what i have been up too! https://www.facebook.com/craftscakesandcats

  51. Hello im tryin to make them in i was wondering what makes the colore change i tryin to do baby blue and purple but moment want it see threw so do i use the white food coloring??

  52. If we decide to use the Lorann flavoring instead of the Vanilla do we use the same amount?

  53. Hi
    I Love the colored candy apple idea. I’m planning to make about 50-60candy apples for my nieces Halloween party at school. I have the practiced the Orange recipe. (Best thing I’ve ever eaten) My question is about another color, do you think make black would be a tasty idea? I’m 100% open to other suggestions you may have

  54. Annjanette says:

    So I tried your recipe exactly…and I was using so much gel. So I ran out of gel pretty quickly and headed over to the craft store. They did not have any gel left so I decided to purchase the colored icing in a tube, and cross my fingers that it would work. To my surprise it worked better then the gel!! I mixed pink and red in the mixture and the apples were a gorgeous hot pink. They were a big hit at my SILs baby shower : )

  55. I just got done making a batch of orange candy apples. The didn’t taste bad, but they did not turn out very pretty. I don’t know what happened. The orange came out milky looking. (like cream of tomato soup) Also, the coating was so thick that there was no way to bite into the apple. I think maybe the sugar mixture was getting cool and wasn’t dripping off the apple like I would have liked. I was hoping for a really thin layer to I could bite into the apple.
    My mistake, I put them on wax paper to dry so the paper is stuck to the bottom. All around I guess I goofed up, but it was a first time and I guess it takes practice. Any suggestions for me??

    • It sounds like maybe you didn’t work quickly enough. You absolutely have to work FAST or the candy starts to thicken and harden! As far as the color – it will vary depending on the brand and amount of colors that you use. If you want it to be opaque, you have to use the white but maybe add more orange until it’s as bright as you want. I always set mind onto a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and they lift right off with no problems.

  56. WOW! These are fantastic! I love the colours, and I’m definitely a hard candy apple girl as well :)

  57. Mary Hannifan says:

    I have tried making candy apples for our annual Halloween party every year using the box mix from the grocery store and recipes from the internet. I even tried making them different colors and they weren’t pretty because they were clear…after reading about the white food coloring, I’m sure that problem will be solved. My biggest issue, however, is that I try to do them ahead of time, like the day before, so I can wrap them and the candy ends up melting off the apple. We live in Florida and our house is air conditioned so I don’t understand why it happens. I am determined to figure this out but do you have any suggestions. Also I have tried sand papering the wax off the apples, dipping them in hot water but nothing seems to get the wax off. What do you do?

    • I just wash them under warm water and dry them with a kitchen towel. I don’t do anything special or fancy and I’ve never had my candy come off!? I have no idea what would cause that!

  58. This is wonderful thinking about making these for the kids at my daughter’s first birthday party, but i dont want anyones child to lose a tooth.. lol so if i make these at the firm ball or soft ball stages will it be easier on the teeth like a caramel apple and will it still stick to the apple

    • I *think* so – but I’ve never actually tried it. That suggestion came from another website. If you can, I’d do a practice run first.

  59. Kristie Cook says:

    I love your candy apples!! They are so pretty!! I ordered LorAnn Hard Candy Flavoring Oil but it didn’t come with directions!! How do I use it? How much do I use per batch for candy apples? Do I use it in addition to vanilla extract? And if so, wouldn’t that be either to sweet or change the flavor of the flavoring oil? Please help me!! I am making batches of candy apples this weekend for a youth explosion!!

  60. Can I cover the whole apple with the color candy…would that damage the apples or is ok to cover the top with candy and part of the stick – so that the green of the apple won’t show.

    Thanks,

  61. I do kinda’ wish I’d seen this earlier today. I just made candy apples a few hours ago. Green ones (the apples were green, after all, so why not), but still pretty standard. And no vanilla, which is an idea that sounds worth trying as well.

    And yeah, a lot of people seem confused between candy apples and caramel apples, and it gets frustrating sometimes. They’re both good, but they’re also completely different. And the idea of a caramel apple-textured candy apple seems so bizarre to me… like if I wanted a candy apple with the texture of a caramel apple, I’d just get a caramel apple. If I want a candy apple, I want it hard!

  62. What shade of blue did you use in the picture above? My daughter is having a
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s Bday party & I would love to make them in Tiffany blue! What color do you recommend? Thanks, Christina

  63. Dina Gamboa says:

    you stated that for a chewy texture we had to not leave it on the stove that long correct? i want to do regular red candy apples coated in Tajin chili powder, how would i go about doing that?

  64. I have been trying to make these candy apples and it takes for ever. I can’t get it to temp.

    • It does take some time… probably around 15-20 minutes max though (for me).

    • Alicia Rhodes says:

      it does say medium to high heat. maybe with your stove you may need to go to a higher temp! I think gas stoves would be easier to get it to temp then electric. just my opinion!

  65. Hi I have a question, is the white gel paste necessary?

  66. antoinette says:

    Does the vanilla extract give it more flavor??? I mad e a batch on saturday, with Lori Ann oil, everything turned out good but you saw the color of the apple, I think it was because I didn’t use the paste.

    • The vanilla just adds a hint of vanilla flavor. Yes, if you didn’t use the white gel, then you will be able to see through the candy.

  67. Hi there,

    How do I fix chewy toffee apple mix is there a method?

  68. I made these over the weekend for my daughter birthday party. They turned out great. Only problem I had was that when the apples hardened, I had a lot of access candy at the bottom of the apple. Also, I just watched a you tube video, is is best to put the food coloring in with the sugar and syrup to bring to a boil, or wait until the syrup boils. I did exactly what your receipe says but when adding the white food coloring, and extract after it boils, it becomes a little more sticker.

    • Thank you for mentioning that – I’ve been meaning to change my recipe a bit to add the color at the beginning. So glad they turned out for you! If you have too much candy at the bottom, let them drip off a little more before putting them on a cookie sheet!

  69. Dianna Cervantez says:

    I so want to make these but I have got to know how you get the wax off apples???

  70. Can you tell me why my apples get stick & melt so fast

  71. I just wanted to say thank you for this I wanted to show u the ones i’ve done using your recipe. To let the others see how easy and pretty they turned out. but since I don’t know how to post photos. i will comment on your Facebook page.. Thanks Again

  72. Jasmine L. says:

    Where can I find the gel food coloring as white food colorin if not in the grocery store .

    • I buy it online, but you can also find it in Walmart stores or hobby stores (like Hobby Lobby or Michaels) or if you have a cake specialty store.

      • My comment is posting as duplicated, so I thought I would use this thread. My question is I have to do white colored apples for a wedding, do I use just the white gel or do I need to use both the gel and a white coloring? Thanks so much.

        • I’ve never tried solid white apples. I’d do a practice run and just use the white coloring – but I’m not sure they’d be pure white. If that doesn’t work, you could also try dipping them in white candy melts or making a clear candy apple and then using a white airbrush on them.

  73. Thanks so much for the recipe. Candy apples are the way to go. For the life of me, I don’t understand trying a candy apple recipe and complaining about it being hard. It is supposed to be!! I also use Granny Smith apples. To get smaller ones, find the bags of apples. Those are a lot smaller than the individual ones you buy.

  74. hi, I have to make white candy apples for a wedding in a few days. Do you have any tips for coloring the apples, or do I use both a white gel and a white coloring to achieve the white apple? Thanks.

  75. Hello my sister really wants these for her shower, I’m a bit intimidated to make 60 and the recipe calls for 6-8 apples. Since you do them all the time did you use more than one pot, I ask because the pot has to soak for hours. Also how long does it take you to do big batches. I’m trying not to wimp out, but I can’t afford the time if my mixture will harden before I get 6-8 apples done. Any pointers or tips please and thank you!

    • If you have a big pot, you could probably triple the recipe and do 30-35 at once – especially if you use smaller apples. If it starts to harden before you are finished, you can put the pot back on very low heat to warm it up again… just be super careful to not burn or scorch it!

  76. I love your candy apple but I tried to follow the recipe but honestly I do not have a candy thermometer and now my apple came out gooey…I wanted then to be hard…I waited for 20 minutes but I have read some of your comments and now I’m thinking what could I have done wrong…any advice..even though my daughters party is this weeken…I guess I’m just excited to make this candy apples…thank you anyways

  77. Hello I just wanted to know what was used to makebthe spladers on the candy apples

  78. I have seen where you can use a melon baller to make bite size Candy Apples…I think I am gunna give that method a try.

  79. Instead of a buttered cookie sheet would wax paper work to sit then on while they harden?

  80. Hi there, I’m wondering how long they would last if it was refrigerated as I’m thinking of helping my friend make it for her wedding favours.

    Thanks!

  81. LorAnn Oils Flavoring says:

    So I tried making some candy apples with the oil flavoring. But it left a really bad/bitter after taste. How do/can I fix this? I used one dram for a mixture that coats 12/14 apples.

    • I’m sorry – I don’t know. I’ve only used a couple of the oil flavors and then vanilla extract and I’ve never had any trouble with a bitter aftertaste. :-(

  82. I used some candy oil in mine they were great

  83. I was just sitting here and came across your recipe for these ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS candy apples. Maybe I am the candy apple police, but honestly you are so right about them needing to be HARD CANDY! I grew up knowing that when it was fair time I could get one, and I always looked forward to it, every single year. Now, when people say “candy apple” they are talking about the soft candy apples, and that is not how they are supposed to be, those are caramel apples to me. I giggled when I read your “note”… You, young lady ARE THE BOMB!!! YAY FOR HARD CANDY APPLES, not to mention how beautiful they are!!! Kudos to YOU!!!

    • Hehe… thank you!! I’m always amazed when I still get emails telling me that their inedible because they’re hard or that they’ll break a kids tooth. Ahem. I don’t know how many ways I can say it ;)

  84. CreativeDad says:

    Hi my son and I really loved your posts. We are extreme Candy Apple fans and we really want to try your recipe. My question is do you think that the IVORY food coloring would work just as well as the WHITE when trying to blend the colorings?

  85. Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!

  86. Help! Not sure why but my mixture is runny to me and they are not completely coating the apple like yours are. Please I really need help

  87. I tried the hot pink apples and they appeared to be great. My 14 year old said she could taste the food coloring like an after taste. Not sure how to prevent that or heighten the flavor? Also, our tongues, teeth and fingers where hot pink. Is there away to make them bleed less?

    • I had the same problem with the hot pink and red candy apples. All the other colors I’ve tried came out great. I was think to try a different flavoring besides vanilla.

  88. I made these and they were so pretty. When I went to bag them, they are really sticky! Any reason they would do this? I could hardly get them in the bag, they kept sticking to it.

    • Because of the nature of candy, they will be a little sticky, but not usually so much that you can’t bag them. Did you refrigerate them? That makes them really sticky! They also begin to get sticky after a couple of days, but when they’re fresh, I don’t have too much trouble getting them in bags.

      • Thanks for the great ideas, when I bag them they become sticky to get out. Any ideas?

      • No, didn’t refrigerate them as I read what you said about that. I did let them sit out overnight and I thought could it be the humidity? Maybe it was something I did wrong, I will have to just try again….LOL Maybe I can bag them when right after they are cool instead of leaving them out in the air overnight?
        Thanks for getting back to me so fast Miss Rose….:)

        • I know you can buy edible body paint that is ‘glow in the dark’. But just making them plain white might make them react to black light, but I’m not certain of that. Maybe a practice run?

  89. Chastity Spear says:

    Is there any way to make these “glow” or react to a blacklight? I’ throwing a “glow/rave party” for my daughter’s Sweet 16 in October and I want the snacks to have the glow in the dark effect. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • I know you can buy edible body paint that is ‘glow in the dark’. But just making them plain white might make them react to black light, but I’m not certain of that. Maybe a practice run? And tonic water will make some foods glow, but I don’t know how that would affect the recipe.

  90. Hello. I was wondering if wilton gel coloring is the same thing as americolor. I live in saskatoon saskatchewan and cant find americolor anywhere but on amazon.ca and that takes to long to ship.

    • Yes, you can use Wilton colors. I prefer Americolor given the choice, but I have use Wilton colors many times in the past and I believe that it will work just fine for the apples!

  91. Alicia Rhodes says:

    My sister in laws godchild’s 13th birthday party is this weekend. We decided to do the splattered candy apples being as it’s a candy themed birthday party. well today we decided to try to make a couple cause we didn’t know how to do it let alone how it would come out. well our “rubber spatula”, as you said to use, melted in it! so we are going to try tomorrow to do it again but using a metal spoon or wooden spoon instead!

  92. Zinnia Wallace says:

    Hi,

    My candy apples came out spotted white (I made green and pint)

    What did i do wrong?

  93. Zinnia Wallace says:

    Hi,

    My candy apples came out spotted white (I made green and pink) but came out spotted with white.

    What did i do wrong?

  94. Christine says:

    OMG! I love the the colors it looks delish! Not sure if you have the answer to my question but I was wondering if the candy will harden in humid weather. I live in Hawaii and find it hard to bake in Hawaii because of the humidity. Thanks for sharing that fabulous recipe.

    • It’s pretty humid here in southern MS, but I really can’t say how that compares to Hawaii. Maybe you could just try half batch trial run!

  95. So do you have to use white & the food coloring ? Going to try and make some for my grand child birthday party.

  96. Hi,

    I don’t have light corn syrup, and cant find any where I’m from. Is there anything I can substitute it with?

  97. Hi, I made these and the color and flavor was perfect. I made them the night before my nieces party. The next morning, the pink hard candy that was on the apple started to dissolve. Do you know why? By the time the party started the candy was half way gone off the apple. It seemed to turn soft or something. Not sure why. Maybe you have a suggestion for me.

    • Also how long will they last. I figure they should last a day or so?

      • In my experience, they’ve always lasted 24-48 hours before they start to get sticky/soft. I usually store them at room temp – sometimes wrapped, but usually just sitting out until I absolutely have to wrap them up for customers.

  98. Very pretty! Can you give me suggestions on the best way to ship candy apples in hot or cool weather…Thank you!

  99. Sarah Ryerson says:

    Can this be done in the crock pot or slow cooker?

  100. Crystal Armstrong says:

    Is anyone familiar with the airbrush sheen soft gel food colors? Do you know if you can mix this with the white americolor gel paste to make shimmery shiny apple?

  101. Arndrea says:

    You are so very talented and these are the best apples I’ve seen. Just perfect!!! I’m doing my cousins wedding and I want to make her a candy bar. Her theme is tiffany blue, white and yellow. The apples pictured in the photo, are they turquoise or light blue? and which would you think would go best for the tiffany blue theme?

  102. I’m so excited to make these, we’re making them for decorations for a baby shower :)

    I just have a question about the food coloring and the timing- the first step mentions adding the food coloring. Does that mean both the white AND colored gels?

    Thanks!

  103. Jazzi Snazzi Treatz says:

    How do you get the candy to become chewy ? I heard geletin but that could be wrong is it ?

    • I’ve never made them chewy, but my understanding is that you only bring the temperature of the candy up to soft ball stage vs. hard ball stage and it will be chewier.

  104. When you add the food coloring at the beginning should I stir it in or just let the colors mix from boiling?

  105. I made these today and they came out great : ) Thanks for the awesome recipe. Only issue was I used the Americolor Electric Blue and its a lot darker than I thought it would be, could that mean I didn’t add enough white? When I take a picture of it the color is just like your blue pictured above but in regular light its dark.

  106. When adding the flavoring oils how much would you recommend you use or do you just add drops until you get your desired taste of the flavor?

    • Yeah – I don’t do it enough to have it down to an exact science yet – it’s more of a guessing game. I usually add just a drop or two if I want it light, or more for the deeper/brighter colors.

  107. How would you make the blue candy apples in dark blue? would you add the white and then more of the blue coloring to make it darker?

  108. You are awesome. My baby wanted a candyland theme party and these apples were just what I needed. They turned out great! Thanks so much

  109. I can’t wait to try these!! But, how do you make them sparkly in your July 4th picture????

  110. Hi Rose!
    I strongly agree on candied apples being hard!!! Great and easy recipe too! But, was curious on how you made the glitter candied apples? Have been looking for a way to make them for a while for an upcoming baby shower.
    Thanks so much!

  111. Honeybee says:

    Hi. I have followed your instructions to the tee. But my colors are not as bright as yours are. I went out and brought everything you said to use. I don’t know what I’m not doing right. Can you please help.

    Thanks

  112. what do you do if you have left over mix…can i reuse left over mix at a later time

    • No, once it’s cooked, if you don’t dip apples in it, it cannot be reused. I tried to reheat it once and it changed the color and flavor.

  113. I am putting together a candy bar for a sweet 16 I am doing and I wanted to add something fun and different and came across this site for candy apples. I am so excited about trying this. I am going to do a test run this weekend first since the event is later on next month but I want to be sure I know what I am doing before actually attempting to doing 24 candy apples. One question when you say use a sauce pan can I use any type of sauce pan or does that have to be a heavy duty sauce pan too? Just want to be sure I don’t burn myself doing this and that I have everything I need to make this happen.

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