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Homemade Toffee Apples For Halloween

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A lovely easy Homemade Toffee Apples recipe that’s perfect for Halloween or Bonfire Night.

We always used to make shiny red toffee apples at home when we were kids.

Standing in the kitchen dipping the apples in lovely sticky hot toffee was a total treat.

We would make a big tray full for our little Halloween parties and then usually a whole load more a few days later to eat as Bonfire Night food too!

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Homemade Toffee Apples Ingredients

  • 8 apples – I usually use nice red ones so that they make the toffee look even redder.
  • 100ml water
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 tsp red food colouring
  • 1 tsp of olive oil

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Equipment Needed For Making Toffee Apples

  • Jug of cold water to hand – this is for testing the toffee
  • Rolling pin – to hammer the sticks into the apples
  • Large saucepan – an old saucepan is best for making toffee in
  • Measuring jug
  • Weighing scales
  • Tablespoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Metal spoon for stirring the toffee whilst it cooks
  • Tray for putting the toffee apples onto to set

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homemade toffee apples in a beautiful shiny red colour with wooden sticks

How To Make Homemade Toffee Apples

Step 1 – prepare the apples

  • First give the apples a good wash and then rub them dry.
  • Then put the toffee apple sticks into them – I use wooden lollipop sticks for this. I put the toffee apple sticks in by tapping them into the apple using a rolling pin as a ‘hammer’
  • Lightly grease an old baking tray using just a tsp of olive oil, it just makes it easier to get the toffee apples off once they’re set.

Step 2 – make the toffee

  • In a saucepan over a low heat put 100ml water, caster sugar, syrup, vinegar and food colouring and warm gently until the sugar has dissolved – stir the whole time using a metal spoon.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved stop stirring and bring the toffee mixture to the boil – be careful here that you don’t let it over boil.
  • Allow the mixture to boil for around 5 minutes and then start to test the toffee. Do this by scooping out a teaspoonful and dropping it into the jug of cold water. When the toffee is ready it will form a hard snappable piece of toffee in the water. If it doesn’t then continue to boil for a few more minutes and then re-test.

Step 3 – coat the apples in toffee

  • Once the toffee is ready – take it from the heat and quickly swirl your apples in the toffee to coat them. Work fast here!
  • When they are coated place them on the greased tray and put them in the fridge to set hard.

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Yield: makes 8

Homemade toffee apples for Halloween

homemade toffee apples in a beautiful shiny red colour with wooden sticks

Easy homemade toffee apple recipe for Halloween or Bonfire Night celebrations

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 apples
  • 100ml water
  • 3tbsp golden syrup
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 tsp red food colouring
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. First give the apples a good wash and then rub them dry.
  2. Then put the lollipop sticks into them - I do this by tapping them in using a rolling pin as a ‘hammer’.
  3. Grease an old roasting tin with the olive oil.
  4. In a saucepan over a low heat put 100ml water, caster sugar, syrup, vinegar and food colouring and warm gently until the sugar has dissolved - stir the whole time using a metal spoon.
  5. Once the sugar has dissolved stop stirring and bring the toffee mixture to the boil - be careful here that you don’t let it over boil.
  6. Allow the mixture to boil for around 5 minutes and then start to test the toffee. Do this by scooping out a teaspoonful and dropping it into the jug of cold water. When the toffee is ready it will form a hard snappable piece of toffee in the water. If it doesn’t then continue to boil for a few more minutes and then re-test.
  7. Once the toffee is ready - take it from the heat and quickly swirl your apples in the toffee to coat them. Work fast here!
  8. When they are coated place them on the greased tray and put them in the fridge to set hard.

Notes

You'll also need 8 toffee apple sticks and a jug of cold water to make this recipe

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 4gSugar: 72gProtein: 0g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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