So when I first made these easy Halloween poison apples last year, two of the kids looked at them ever so suspiciously. I was just cranky enough that day to have ACTUALLY poisoned them. I could not stop laughing at how ridiculous and silly they were.
Enter 2020...Covid, lockdown, ongoing remote learning, and everything that goes along with it. Strangely nobody thinks I have poisoned them this year....but maybe they should be pretty damn worried lol. Ask any mother this year, and if she doesn't agree with me, then send her name my way so I can have whatever medication she is on - lol.
Is this the same as a caramel apple?
Nope. Caramel apples are literally apple dipped in runny caramel, and they are a hot mess if you ask me. They caramel always runs all over when I make them from scratch. I prefer to purchase caramel apples from the store where the chemically enhanced, and still tasty AF caramel magically never drips off.
So then what exactly are these Halloween poison apples?
This is really what they would call a candy apple. Instead of soft caramel, these poison apples are dipped in a candy / toffee. It sticks perfectly and is so shiny you will DEFINITELY fool the lil monsters in your house or neighborhood into being not-too-sure if these are poison or not. And if you are known as the cranky neighbor in your neighborhood, then you are winning with these!
Tips for making them easy...
- Try real real hard to use organic apples. ONLY because they do not have any kind of coating on them which makes it significantly easier for the candy coating to stick.
- Wash and dry your apples. Seriously dry them...the key to success here is getting your burnt sugar to stick and you need dryness for this.
- Prep everything else ahead of time (have the stick in the apples, cookies sheet lined and greased etc.). The candy will go from softball phase to finished so much faster than you think.
- Always make sure to use parchment or foil and make sure to grease it.
- Buy or borrow a candy thermometer. I realize this is not something everyone has, but it's not too expensive and really is neccesary. But I promise you will use it for ther things. I use mine for oil temps for frying and for other candies that I have since learned how to make.
- Food coloring is last and always when it is off the stove, it will bubble up and trust me, you do not want a bubbled over mess with black food coloring. This is the food coloring I like to use.
Let them cool on the parchment while you get your best wicked witch costume on and serve 'em up! You'll be the hit of your family (or your neighborhood if your handing out this year neighbor friends).
Easy Halloween poison apples
- 12 small apples preferably organic - see above - washed well and dried even better
- 12 wooden candy apple sticks or dowels
- 1 ½ c. sugar
- ½ c. light corn syrup
- 1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- Place a candy thermometer in a medium saucepan and add sugar, ¾ cups water, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat; whisk until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking WITHOUT STIRRING (I mean it, you will wreck it if you try to stir it - and you will badly want to stir it, just don't) until it reaches the hard-crack of 310 degrees F. Remove from stovetop and take out the thermometer carefully. Add the food coloring and swirl around in the pan to fully mix in the color. Dip, swipe and twirl the apples through the candy toffee, pull up and let the excess drip off (you can lightly shake it off), and place on greased baking sheet.
- Cool before serving.
Looking for something for adults to enjoy this halloween look no further than my apple cider bourbon cocktail