How to Make Silver & Gold Shimmery Candy Apples - if you want to make candy apples that really shine, check out all the tips in this post for glittery, shimmery, shiny, metallic apples!
Ever since I wrote about how to make candy apples any color, I've received dozens of questions about how to make silver & gold candy apples Well, after some experimenting, I thought I'd share a few different ways to make your apples really shine!
All of these apples start with using my basic recipe here - except use only the Americolor white gel coloring, not the pink or orange or blue or purple. This is what your apples will look like after dipping:
I let them harden and from there, I tried a few different methods to get shiny, shimmery, metallic apples and I'll show you some pics of each...
For these first apples, I simply sprayed the white candy apple with Wilton Silver Color Mist Spray. The key to this is to go light!! If you spray on too much at once, it'll start to run! Overall - this silver apple was the easiest to eat, there were no controversial ingredients and the apples were pretty!
I couldn't capture it perfectly in the picture but they really were shimmery and shiny and the metallic silver really came out well!
Sadly the Wilton Gold Mist Spray didn't turn out as shimmery. They weren't bad - they just weren't as "gold" as I'd have preferred!
Next, I thought I'd use some gold and silver sugar that I had on my sprinkles shelf. I've used the silver on cake pops before (you can see the pink & silver cake pops here), but I wasn't sure how it would work on the apples.
For these apples, again I started with white apples and let them harden, then I gave them a light mist of the Wilton Color Mist (in silver and gold respectively) and let that dry. You could probably skip that step, but I just thought it would keep from a lot of white shining through.
After they were dry, I painted over them with corn syrup, then I sprinkled them in the gold and silver sugar try to get as much coverage as possible. In the end I sprayed them with a little more of the Wilton Color Mist (again, you could skip this if you don't have any).
I wondered how it would be to eat these, so I gave it a try! I've already established that these candy apples are hard (as they should be!!), and these just had a little extra texture with the sugar. The sugar doesn't really make them any harder... just crunchier?!
And last... my most controversial apples. Who knew candy apples could be controversial!?! I first posted some of these glittery apples back on the 4th of July and since then, I've gotten quite a few nasty and opinionated emails and comments.
People... if you don't like what I write or say, don't read it. Or don't make the apples. Or just keep your opinions to yourself. Don't send me nasty emails and comments and turn into the "food police" on me ... because I'll just delete you/them.
My Mama always said if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all and my Mama is a very wise woman.
So here goes... the controversial apples.
For these apples, I covered them in white candy, then painted them with corn syrup and then I sprinkled them with Disco Dust.
Disco dust is the culprit that got me in so much trouble. Here's what the folks over at CK Products say about Disco Dust:
An extra fine glitter with lots of sparkle. 5 grams. Developed for the craft industry and often used on display cakes, Disco Dusts contain only ingredients that are NON-TOXIC. These dusts are not FDA approved. They are not a food product and should not be considered as such.
Yes, I know disco dust is not "food". Yes, I know it's not FDA approved. No, I would not sell them as edible. Yes, I did feed them to my kids once.
There, I said it. Crayons are also not food and not toxic. But if I saw a kid eat one (and mine have!!), I would not flip out and go all "food police" on someone. We don't eat them daily or even monthly or heck... even yearly. But I made them once upon a time and we ate them. And they were good. And that tiny amount of glitter did not hurt any of us.
For these apples, I used American Gold Disco Dust and then had blue, silver and red disco dust for the 4th of July ones. And in my opinion... they were the very, most, prettiest of all the apples! Yep - I liked them best!!
Having said that, if you want to do something similar that is deemed completely safe and edible by the FDA, I have since found this Silver Edible Glitter. I have not bought this product or tried it, but it looks pretty! I don't know if it comes in other colors either... but here's the silver.
Just for kicks - I'll tell you what didn't work for me... and that's mixing luster dust with vodka and trying to paint that on. Super Gold Luster Dust gives such beautiful intense color when painted on fondant (like on this Gold themed wedding cake, but when I tried it on the apples, I got this:
I actually think they were very pretty in their own way, almost like a marbled-gold thing going on, but that wasn't the look I was really going for! I would've kept trying different methods to see if I could find a way to make the luster dust work, but I ran out of apples! Oh the problems of being a food blogger!
Anyway - so there you go... a few different ideas to make beautiful shimmery, shiny, metallic candy apples! Please leave me a comment and let me know if you try any of them!
As always, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment. If you have questions about candy apples in general, go see my original post here and the hundreds of comments... I bet you'll find your answer!