Candy Apples (8 persons)
8 large apples
400g white sugar
45ml Honey or Golden syrup
6-8 drops of red food coloring
2 pinches of salt
25ml vanilla essence
Extra tool: A candy thermometer
Extra equipment: 8 Ice cream wooden sticks
Step 1: Wash well your apples and remove all the stems
Step 2: After drying your apples using a clean kitchen towel, insert an ice cream wooden stick in each one of them (3/4 of the apple depth) at the stem area
Step 3: Your apples are ready for dipping !
Step 4: Put your sugar, water, honey (or golden syrup) and salt in one pan over a low-medium heat and set up your thermometer accordingly (151 degrees Celsius - Hard candy stage).
Step 5: Around 100 degrees Celsius, add your red food coloring and vanilla essence ! (At this 'bubbling' stage, no need to stir, the food coloring and essence will propagate by themselves )
Step 6: Wait until temperature reach 150-154 degrees Celsius, that is the hard candy stage (Takes around 20-25 minutes).
Step 7: Alarm rang and indicate 151 degrees Celsius - Time for dipping !
Step 8: Dip your apples and place them over parchment paper leaving a distance of minimum 2cm between them ! - Careful, the syrup not only set fast but it is also very very hot !!!
Step 9: First dipped and already set candy apples . Remark the 'Foot/Stand' that formed.
Step 10: Candy apples set and ready for Sharing with Love !
Optional step : You can decorate with some Marzipan (almond paste) and edible pearls ! Cupcake liners can also be used for better look ...