Black-Hearted Candy Apples Recipe
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Black-Hearted Candy Apples Recipe

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The glossy coating of these old-fashioned candy apples is hard, not soft like the more common caramel variety. It's best to lick them like a lollipop. You can also cut into wedges with a sharp knife, but the candy coating may crack.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + standing
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + standing
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 medium red apples
  • 4 wooden or decorative pop sticks
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • Red food coloring
  • Black food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 candy apple: 614 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 161g carbohydrate (129g sugars, 3g fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Wash and thoroughly dry apples; remove stems. Insert wooden pop sticks into apples. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 290° (soft-crack stage).
  3. Remove from the heat and pour into two small bowls; stir 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and red food coloring in one bowl. Stir black food coloring and remaining cinnamon into other bowl.
  4. Working quickly, dip apples into hot sugar mixtures to completely coat. Place on prepared baking sheet; let stand until set. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Black-Hearted Candy Apples in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2011, p239

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