This is the last holiday treat I will be posting this year and it is one that has been tested by my friends over at FashionGPS. The rating on this one is up to them as my desire to get Chritmassy overshadowed my hatred for peppermint. (Though I did have 3!)
I gave it some peppermint flare by using candy canes and made a few variations of the treat with some being covered in big chucks of candy cane bits, some with candy cane powder and some just peppermint glazed. I admit I also hate candy apples. They're sticky, messy and hard to eat. But they're beautiful and I'm happy I made them 'cause the group liked them. Thanks Leah!
Rating: 3 forks out of 5
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16 tiny apples or 8 large (more charming when they're little)
wooden popsicle sticks wooden apple sticks (I found these at baking stores. They are pointy and strong)
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup red cinnamon candies (like red hots) 6 candy canes broken up
2 boxes candy canes
Put your candy canes (not the 6 extra) in a ziploc back and crush with a rolling pin and dump contents on a large plate. Make sure there are some larger chunks and powder. Lay out parchment paper on a counter (enough to hold your apples).
Wash, dry and destem your apples and stick a wooden stick (lancing it in the now stemless side and set aside.
In a small-medium sauce pan, put your water, corn syrup and sugar and mix until the sugar has dissolved. Put on your range and heat until it reaches 250°. Add your 6 candy cane pieces and stir some. Stir once in a while to make sure they melt into your mix until it heats up. When the canes have dissolved, remove from heat and set aside to cool some.
Dip your apples into your warm sugar concoction, spin and cover until the whole apple has been slicked up. Using the stick, spin your apple into the pile of crushed candy canes. Cover them as densely or as sparsely as you would like. Set aside on your parchment paper to harden.
I substituted peppermint (candy canes) for cinnamon (red hots) for two reasons:
A) It was for a holiday treat and peppermint screams for presents and B) I wouldn;t know where to find red hots (or am too lazy to look for a true Candy Store. No more Wegman's bulk candy aisle for this city boy :(
I chose to put some topping on the candy cane to give it some extra bite
This recipe was pretty easy but the finished product is a little sticky. It comes with the territory when making candy apples (I guess).
The colors were PERFECT for a Christmas plate.
This recipe is available in the CrOOK BOOK