Red Candied Apples
Cinnamon-flavored red candied apples—an old-time favorite treat sold at carnivals, circuses and amusement parks—make a terrific treat for autumn parties.
8 to 10 medium apples (sweet or tart, as desired), at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
Few drops flavored oil (cinnamon, clove, etc.)
8 to 10 wooden ice cream sticks or skewers
- Generously grease a baking sheet; set aside. Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Insert wooden skewer in stem end of each apple.
- Mix sugar, water, corn syrup in a 2 quart heavy saucepan. Heat to boiling over high heat; reduce heat. Boil gently, without stirring, to 290°F (145°C) on candy thermometer or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into threads that are hard but not brittle. Remove from heat and stir in red food coloring and flavored oil.
- Quickly dip apples into syrup, twirling until completely coated. Place on prepared baking sheet to cool.
Makes 8 to 10 candied apples.