It’s that time of year again! The temperatures are chilling, the leaves are falling, and the apples… are being candy coated. The recipe puts a healthy spin on a classic recipe, and incorporates our favorite ingredient… honey of course! Whip up a batch to wow trick-or-treaters, or bring along with you to the costume party on your calendar!
1. Prep the apples: Cover a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and generously coat the paper with nonstick spray or you can brush it with oil. This is a must to prevent the apples from sticking to the paper. Remove stems from the apples and insert skewers, Popsicle sticks, or chopsticks as shown.
*As mentioned above, if your apples are natural or organic, you're all set. But if they have WAX coating their skins, you MUST REMOVE THE WAX or the candy coating will not stick. To remove wax, dip the apples very briefly in boiling water, dry completely, and chill in the refrigerator (to prevent mushiness) before continuing with the recipe.*
2. Make the candy coating: Combine sugar, water, honey (we recommend Hay Honey!), cinnamon sticks, and food coloring in a nonstick saucepan. (The red food coloring will darken as the candy cooks, so don't go too heavy on it. I suggest 1/4 teaspoon and 4 or 5 extra drops, not much more than that.)
Stir the mixture over medium-high heat only until the sugar is completely melted. Once it’s melted, you’re safe to boil it. DO NOT STIR AGAIN AT THIS POINT. Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. After about 10 minutes of a continual, rolling boil, the candy should be ready or very close.
3. Coat the apples: Be careful with this step because the candy-coating is very hot and will hurt like the dickens if it splashes on you. Turn the heat off under the pan and allow the boiling to stop. Tip the pan slightly and dip a skewered apple in the coating. Twirl the apple for an even coat. Lift and allow the excess to drip back into the pan. Place your newly dipped candy apple on the greased wax or parchment paper.
4. Enjoy: Enjoy the apples as is, or roll them in your favorite candy apple topping!
Recipe from: https://www.cleocoylerecipes.com/2015/10/Candy-Apples-with-Honey.html?m=1