Take a bite…go on dear…try it…try our ‘poisoned apple toffee apple’!
We do love a bit of Disney in the Coleman household – who doesn’t – and my absolute favourite has to be Snow White – or maybe Beauty and the Beast…or maybe…maybe my favourite is the one with the poisoned apple…
But right now it is definitely Snow White – on repeat. My children all still gasp as poor Snow White is tempted by the poisoned apple and falls dramatically to the ground – they all still shed a silent tear as the Seven Dwarves stumble home from a hard night’s work and find their beautiful Snow White and the dreadful fate that has befallen her.
So sitting at home, surrounded by a crazy glut of apples and listening to the cackle of the wicked stepmother, a rare moment of inspiration came to me!
Let’s make ‘poisoned apple’ toffee apples! And so it began…
Please note – these are hard and crunchy toffee/candy apples. Not a recipe to try with a wobbly tooth – they are HARD and not a sticky toffee.
Perfect for Halloween or for a Disney themed party. These 'poisoned apple' candy apples look amazing, are simple to make and will be the talking point of any party!
- Large heavy bottomed pan
- Baking tray lined with baking paper or a non-stick baking tray liner
- Sugar thermometer
- 8-12 Small apples I find smaller apples work well and also not so much crazy sugar for the kids!
- 120 ml Light Corn Syrup This can be found in large supermarkets or is available on Amazon too
- 600 gm Caster Sugar
- 340 ml Water
- 1-2 tsp Gel food colour paste - the liquid colours really don't have enough power to colour the toffee properly The more colour you add, the deeper the final colour will be
- 1-2 tsp Vanilla essence If you are adding a lot of colour gel paste then up the quantity of vanilla a touch - the gel colours can be quite bitter
First of all wash those apples. I soak them briefly in a pan of boiling water with some lemon juice in it - this helps to remove the wax that supermarkets put on them to make them look shiny! The wax often acts as a barrier to the toffee sticking to the apples (and isn't great to eat!)
Dry the apples carefully and keep them somewhere cool while you make the toffee. I sometimes pop them in the fridge as cold apples help the toffee/candy to set hard and fast when you dip them!
Next insert the sticks into the apples. You can either use lollipop sticks or cake pop sticks or, like we did, send the kids out to collect some small twigs and give them a good wash. They look far more halloweeny! Make sure that the sticks are stuck fast into those apples so that they hold the apples when you dip them in boiling toffee!
Next add the sugar, water, corn syrup and vanilla essence into your heavy bottomed pan. Don't add the food colouring at this stage.
Now turn up the heat under the pan and keep an eye on that thermometer! Try not to stir it too much and hold your nerve until your sugar thermometer hits the 'hard crack' stage (approx 302 degrees fahrenheit on mine).
Now work quickly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in your food colouring. To make the deep red swirly ones I added 1 tsp of dark red colouring and stir in the colour fully. I then added about half a teaspoon of the black gel colour and loosely stir it in.
Dip your dry apples on sticks (make sure they are bone dry as any touch of moisture will make the toffee slide off!)
Swirl the apple quickly in the coloured toffee/candy and hold the apple above the pan for ten seconds or so - this allows any excess toffee to drip off the apple and for some reason helps to stop bubbles forming in the toffee.
Set the apples aside on a sheet of baking paper or a non stick baking tray liner.
To make the black apples with the added sticky drizzles of toffee - just add a good teaspoon of black colour when the candy reaches temperature and dip your apples. Allow the main coat of toffee/candy to cool then use a spoon to drizzle evil swirls across those poisoned apples!