Lovin' from the Coven: Witches' Black Candy Apples

A wickedly decadent treat.A wickedly decadent treat.It's no secret how much I love Halloween, and these haunting candy apples are a favorite of mine to ring in the season! Coated in sugary cinnamon shells, fresh crisp apples are mischievously turned into a wicked treat with a touch of black food coloring. Granted, I probably shouldn't have made these the other weekend after my daughter watched Snow White, because they sent her running! Thankfully, after a little coaxing she realized that these sweet treats were exactly that - sweet. Turn these traditional autumn treats into a wickedly decadent delicacy perfect for a frightful Halloween night.

Ingredients
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 1/4 teaspoons black food coloring
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 8-inch sticks, washed and dried, or popsicle sticks
6 red apples
parchment or wax paper
cooking oil spray
special item needed: candy thermometer

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Directions

1. Lightly spray parchment or wax paper with cooking oil spray and set aside until needed.

2. Place the sticks securely in the apples, entering at the stems. Set aside until needed.

3. In a sauce pot, combine sugar, water, corn syrup, black food coloring, and cinnamon--stir and insert a candy thermometer. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-high. Boil until the mixture reaches 300°F, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

4. Immediately and quickly dip the apples into the syrup, twisting to cover the apple. Place the candied apples onto the prepared parchment or wax paper and allow to cool. Apples can be made up to 6 hours in advance of serving.

- By Meredith Steele

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