Easy Homemade Candy Apples

from 75 votes

Add color and crunch to your holiday table with a simple recipe for Easy Homemade Candy Apples.

A green candy apple sliced on a grey baking sheet

Have you ever tried to bite into a candy apple?

I don’t think it’s humanly possible.

And after whipping up a dozen of them last weekend, I’m even more convinced it’s just one of those foods that doesn’t make sense—like naming miniature candy bars as “fun-size.” There’s nothing fun about having less candy.

A candy apple that's been shattered on a piece of parchment paper

But with Halloween right around the corner, I couldn’t resist trying my hand at the homemade version of one of fall’s classic desserts. It turns out giving my friends candy apples was more of a trick than a treat, as I handed them out then enjoyed the hilarious scene that ensued.

Their teeth were slipping and sliding across the slick red surface like tennis shoes on an ice skating rink. Eventually my caveman instincts kicked in. Me use knife. Me cut apple. Me eat apple in slices.

Green and red apples with white sticks for candy apples

After tripping leaping over the practicality hurdle, we enjoyed slice after slice of the sweet and crunchy snack-on-a-stick. My sister, ever the attorney, suggested I include a legal disclaimer with this recipe stating that I am not responsible for any injuries and/or broken teeth caused by the candy apples.

But I, being the glass-is-half-full kinda gal that I am, like to think of them as a dessert that’s simply keeping dentists around the world in business.

And for all those with a love for this confection’s culinary cousin, check out my recipe for Easy Caramel Apples!

Candy apples in cupcake wrappers on a baking sheet

Craving more? Subscribe to Just a Taste to get new recipes, meal plans and a newsletter delivered straight to your inbox! And stay in touch on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.

And for all those joining in my fall dessert frenzy, don’t miss additional classic and creative recipes.

Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies Treats: Get the Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Easy Caramel Apples: Get the Recipe

Easy Caramel Apples Recipe

Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies: Get the Recipe

A close-up of Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked on top of each other


Easy Homemade Candy Apples

Add color and crunch to your holiday table with a simple recipe for Easy Homemade Candy Apples.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.92 from 75 votes
A green candy apple sliced on a grey baking sheet
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 candy apples


  • 12 small red or green apples (any variety)
  • 12 lollipop or popsicle sticks
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • Equipment: candy thermometer


  • Wash and thoroughly dry the apples (See Kelly's Notes below). Insert the lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks so that they are firmly positioned in the apples. Set the apples aside on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper coated with cooking spray.
  • Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and cook the mixture until a candy thermometer reaches 300ºF (the hard crack stage).
  • Remove the candy mixture from the heat and carefully stir in the red food coloring. (It may splash, so stand back. And you may have to add more than the designated ½ teaspoon, depending on the quality and strength of your food coloring.)
  • One by one, carefully dip the apples into the candy mixture, swirling to coat them thoroughly and allowing any excess to drip back into the pan. Transfer the coated apples to the prepared cookie sheet and allow them to cool until the candy has fully hardened.

Kelly's Notes:

  • Apples often come with a waxy coating, which will prevent the candy from sticking to the surface. To remove the wax, simply boil 6 cups water with 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Quickly dip the apples in the boiling mixture for 5 seconds then thoroughly dry them. The candy will stick in an instant!
  • If the candy mixture gets too hard during the dipping process, simply re-heat it over medium heat and continue coating the apples.
  • Serving the apples in colorful cupcake wrappers is a fun way to jazz up your Halloween party spread.
  • ★ Did you make this recipe? Don't forget to give it a star rating below!


Calories: 328kcal, Carbohydrates: 86g, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 194mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 79g, Vitamin A: 100IU, Vitamin C: 8.3mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.3mg


Did you try this recipe?

Share it with the world! Mention @justataste or tag #justatasterecipes!

This post may contain affiliate links.

Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.

Feeling social?

Share this recipe!


Related Recipes

Check out more crave-worthy favorites

Kelly Senyei holding a copy of The Secret Ingredient Cookbook

love the recipes on just a taste?

Check out my cookbook!

Order your copy of The Secret Ingredient Cookbook featuring 125 brand-new family-friendly recipes with surprisingly tasty twists!

This post may contain affiliate links.

4.92 from 75 votes (15 ratings without comment)

Join the Conversation

Rate and Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    Simple and concise recipe!! This recipe can be used for decorating. I use it to make ponds and stained glass windows for my gingerbread houses. Thank you.

  2. After making the candy apples it like the mixture is melting after a while. I leave them out but do I need to put them right in the fridge right after add the candy to them.

  3. 5 stars
    I make these every Halloween for my kiddos and it’s absolutely perfect! If you’re looking for the candy apple recipe, this is it!

  4. Excellent recipe. We used to buy the box that you add sugar and water to and make from there. Now I don’t even have to look for that.
    Just to mention, recipe made 17.
    Also it takes about half an hour to simmer up to hard crack stage so don’t start testing right off. Look for the small bubbles.

  5. 5 stars
    Just made a batch and they came out just like how my grandma and mother used to make them. This recipe will give you all the nostalgic feelings and tastes your looking for.

  6. Sadly did everything you instructed to do and the candy just won’t stay on the apples :( we were going to take them to tricker trunk tonight

  7. 5 stars
    Your recipe is very good, only thing that I didn’t do was get rid of the wax. Next time. Those apples will still get ate at my house.

See More Comments