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In fact, my readers may remember the "baby billionaire" candy apples served on a dessert tray of an exclusive club in Billionaire Blend.
Granted, one can act only so sophisticated when consuming a carnival treat, of course, that just might be the fun of it. (Camera phones ready?) On the other hand, you can always de-stick the apple, slice it in half, and serve it to the smart set as "glacéed pommes."
Whether you eat your apples with spirits or without, I wish you a very Happy Halloween! ~ ~ Cleo
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Makes about 6 medium (to large) or 8 smallish apples
* Non-stick medium size saucepan; * Wooden spoon or silicone spatula (one for high-heat cooking); * Wooden skewers or Popsicle/Craft Sticks or Chopsticks; * (Optional) A candy thermometer; it's optional because I often make these without a thermometer; so if you don’t have one, just follow my tips for knowing when the candy is done cooking.
ground or powdered, it will cloud the mixture)
Step 1 - Prep the apples: Cover a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and generously coat the paper with nonstick spray or you can brush it with oil. This is a must to prevent the apples from sticking to the paper. Remove stems from the apples and insert skewers, Popsicle sticks, or chopsticks as shown.
Stir the mixture over medium-high heat only until the sugar is completely melted. Once it’s melted, you’re safe to boil it. DO NOT STIR AGAIN AT THIS POINT. Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. After about 10 minutes of a continual, rolling boil, the candy should be ready or very close.
Testing candy for doneness (no candy thermometer?): To check without a thermometer, dip a spoon into the mixture and drop some of the liquid candy into a glass of ice cold water. Does it harden up quickly into a crunchy, brittle substance? If it does, you’re ready to make candy apples. If not, keep cooking but check frequently to prevent burning.
Testing candy for doneness (with a candy thermometer): If you're using a candy thermometer, look for a temperature from 280 to 300 degrees F. Don’t go much beyond that or you’ll risk burning the candy.
Candy-Making Temperatures Grid: For a handy grid of of temperatures attached to each stage of candy making, see the PDF version of this recipe. To download the document, click here.
As the candy in the pot cools, it will thicken and become more difficult to work with so don't let the candy sit around. Be sure to dip all of your apples relatively quickly after the candy is finished cooking. If the liquid candy does begin to thicken up on your, then turn the heat on again under the pan and warm the mixture until it loosens up.
Spiked Candy Apples
To make an even more grown-up version, you can spike the candy apples with cinnamon schnapps. Here's how I do it. Follow the recipe exactly as you would above with these changes.
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