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

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Easy Homemade Candy Apples

Add color and crunch to your holiday table with a simple recipe for Easy Homemade Candy Apples.
4.96 from 23 votes
A green candy apple sliced on a grey baking sheet
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
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.
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Calories: 328kcal, Carbohydrates: 86g, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 194mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 79g, Vitamin A: 100IU, Vitamin C: 8.3mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. How long does it normally take to reach 300? I’ve put mine up on high and still struggling to reach 300

    1. Hi Brook! It depends entirely on the strength of your burner and if you’re using a gas stove or induction cooktop.

  2. My daughter and I finished the candy apples using red and blue food coloring gel making a finished product of purple. They’re delicious!

  3. When I used to make candy apples always made sure that the candy coating would go over top of the Apple near the stick. However looking at yours I realized that I can cut the Apple if I leave some of it showing which is an excellent idea.

  4. I have not made these yet but when I was 4 or 5 we lived in St Louis and they sold these on the street. They were so good. So I cant wait to make these for my gradchildren.

      1. 5 stars
        I’ve made it for my little cousin’s birthday party, everyone loved it!
        Thanks for sharing this recipe

  5. This was so good and it came out perfectly. I love candy apples. This brings back so many fond memories of my childhood. I make these twice a month now because I love them so much. Thank you for this recipe.

    1. Hi Kristen – I’d recommend you securely wrap each candy apple with plastic wrap and store them in a cool, dry place.

  6. Hi there! The recipe was very well written, my candy apples turned out awesome. I was however wondering what is the best way to clean the pot after using the mixture?? Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Kallie – To clean the pan, you can add very hot water to the sugar and boil it slightly until it melts then carefully discard it. Hope that helps!

  7. 5 stars
    Great Recipe, easy directions, works perfectly everytime!! In response to the cinnamon flavor, I use Lo-Ann cinnamon flavored candy oils, PERFECT!!

  8. 5 stars
    Can I keep the toffee warm in a crock pot for a little apple bar? Looking to use this recipe for the kids Halloween party table next week!

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