For the first time ever, I made candy apples!
I found a few recipes online and got to work. I used Granny Smith apples, and removed the wax on them by dipping them in boiling water and wiping them off. There was a surprising amount of wax on them so I gave each apple at least two 'baths'. If there's any wax left the candy won't stick.
I then boiled up 1/2 cup of corn syrup, 2 cups of white sugar, 3/4 cup of water and added drops of red food colouring.
My first batch of apples didn't work out quite as planned, but I soon realized it was because I didn't have a candy thermometer and just eyed it out. Having the thermometer is imperative for successful candy apples, as the temperature really determines the hardness of the candy. Needless to say the candy turned out super rock hard... I felt bad for almost breaking people's teeth! We actually cut (or should I say chiseled) the apples into bite size pieces to avoid breaking our jaws...! It was still pretty delicious, which motivated me to try them again.
On the next round, with candy thermometer in tow, they turned out much better. The red colour was translucent, but I read that if you want it opaque you should use food colouring gel instead of regular food colouring. Regardless, these turned out really yummy and while the candy was hard, we could bite into the apple like you're supposed to!
We want to plant some apple trees next spring, so I can only imagine how delicious homegrown apples would be for this!