How to make Halloween Candy Apples
* 6 granny smith apples medium to large, cleaned and removed of wax
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 1/2 cup corn syrup
* 3/4 cup water
* 1 teaspoon black gel food coloring
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* natural wood branches thoroughly cleaned
* metal straw to prep the apples
Wash apples and branches, dry thoroughly, and set aside.
Prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Grease with butter and set aside.
Prepare apples by using a metal straw to create a hole in the top of the apple to insert a natural branch. Repeat with all 6 apples and set aside.
Add granulated sugar, corn syrup, water, and gel food coloring to a medium saucepan or dutch oven. Mix to combine the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved.
Cook over medium heat. Once the mixture begins to boil, refrain from stirring. Using a pastry brush dipped in water remove any sugar from the inner sides of the pan to avoid crystallized sugar falling into the pan.
Continue to cook until the mixture reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. Carefully remove the mixture from the heat. Stir in vanilla extract.
Working quickly, dip the apples in the hot sugar mixture to evenly coat and place on the prepared cookie sheet to harden. Repeat with remaining apples.
Once apples have hardened they are ready to enjoy!