Autumn is synonymous with apple season. Halloween is synonymous with spookiness. Ergo, what better items to grace your Halloween party table than some spooky apples? And the spookiest, of course, is the infamous poisoned apple – a slick, irresistibly shiny red “treat.”
Many a kitchen witch has recreated a confectionery version in candy apples, traditionally red with cinnamon flavor. But with the plethora of gel food colors available, why not kick your apple color up a notch and go for full-on creepy? Made with small, crisp Granny Smith apples, these treats will have your little princesses and princes clamoring for a bite.
What you’ll need:
• 10 to 12 small Granny Smith apples
• wooden sticks or heavy skewers (one per apple)
• 2 1/2 cup white sugar
• 3/4 cup water
• 1/2 cup light corn syrup
• 1/2 tsp flavoring (i.e. vanilla or cinnamon)
• 1/2 tsp black gel food coloring
Prep your apples: Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Clean your apples, removing stems. Next, insert one stick into the top of each apple, pushing to about two-thirds of the way through.
Mix your potion: Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally. Bring the concoction to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-high. If using a candy thermometer, insert it into the sugar and continue to cook the mixture until the thermometer reaches the hard-crack stage, circa 305 degrees. Beware not to overcook your mixture! Burned sugar really does taste awful.
Eye of newt, wing of bat, dip your apples in no time flat: Working quickly, dip your clean, dry, stick-inserted apples into the sugar mixture, coating the apples thoroughly. Set onto parchment paper to harden.
NOTE: Be careful! The melted sugar mixture is like hot glass and can burn skin easily.
Your “poisoned” apples are now ready for consumption. Choose your victims wisely – and make sure they brush their teeth afterward.