Today I’m sharing How to Make candy Apples Any Color! Why? Well, 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 this Candy Apple Magic Mix. And I’ve made regular red candy apples, using those little boxes/kits from the grocery store.
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 I was ready to go!
How to Make Candy Apples Any Color
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 want! 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) 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):
And even glittery, shiny and sparkly… you can find some details here about these glittery apples!
This recipe makes the candy on the candy apples hard. 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 😉
Also, after getting dozens of emails and comments and questions about what causes bubbles in the candy, or how to prevent bubbles in the candy, I believe I’ve found the problem & solution! Click here to read about how to make bubble free candy apples.
Some things you might need:
Did I miss any details? Do you have any questions about making candy apples? Please leave them in the comments!
Here’s my printable version:Print
These multicolored candied, splattered and glittered apples will surely be the highlight of any get together.
- 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
- 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 but without mixing in too much air.
- 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.
- Category: Dessert
Keywords: candy apples, glitter, purple, from scratch, gold, colors, no bubbles
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