Pink Candy Apples: homemade candy apples just like you used to get at the fair or carnival, but made even better in pretty pink.
For our pink Halloween party, I thought pink candy apples would be the perfect treat -and they were. I decorated mine for Halloween, but you an easily leave off the spiders if you need them for a different celebration.
Today I’m joining my friends for the Seasonal Simplicity Fall Series today, so be sure to check out lots more fun Halloween Treats at the end of this post.
These are the traditional kind of candy apples that you would get at a fair or carnival, usually glossy red. They are hard and crunchy, and that’s exactly how they’re supposed to be. If you’re looking for a soft, creamy caramel apple check out my recipe for those here.
How To Make Your Candy Apples Pink
It was easy to make these apples pink to fit our occasion. In fact, you could make them any colour you like to fit with any party theme or occasion. The trick to making these is to use some white food colouring along with the colour you’re trying to achieve.
Without the white food colouring, the candy would be transparent, and the apple colour would show through, like the traditional red ones. The white makes them opaque and you can add any other colour you like. This soft pink was exactly what we were going for.
- 2 cups white sugar
- 3/4 water
- 1/2 cup white corn syrup
- 6-8 apples
- white food colouring
- soft pink food colouring
- assorted sprinkles
- We used small apples from an orchard that were not coated in wax. If you are using store bought apples that are coated in wax, you'll have to remove the wax to help the candy stick to the apples. To remove the wax, dip apples in boiling water and then buff the apples. Also add a small dowel into the centre of the apple. Prepare a baking sheet with parchement paper that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
- To make the candy, add the sugar, water, and corn syrup to a medium saucepan and combine. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-high and add a candy thermomter to the mixture. Contiune to boil until the candy reaches a temparture between 300-310 degrees. Occassionaly brush down the sides of the pan with cold water and a pastry brush to help prevent re-crystalization.
- When the candy reaches 300-310 degrees remove from the heat, and add the food colouring. Adding the food colouring at the end prevents the white food colouring from turning yellow at all during cooking. I added around a 1/2 teaspoon of white colouring and just 1-2 drops of soft pink.
- Working carefully and quickly because the candy starts to cool, tilt the pan and dip each apple individually. Coat the apple completely, and then left it drip off slightly to avoid a large pudddle of candy at the base of the apple. Place the dipped apples on the parchement lined baking sheet to set. Take care working with the candy as it's very hot. Have a bowl of ice water standing by incase of any burns.
- After the apples are set, decorate with sprinkles. Use some more light corn syrup as "glue" to adhere the sprinkles. We used a compination, including a plastic spider (not ediable) spider candy, sprinkles, nonpareils, and ediable glitter. These apples are best served the day they are made. Any humidy will make the apples sticky, so store in an air tight container.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 4gSugar: 85gProtein: 0g
As if being pink wasn’t special enough, we added the most beautiful sprinkles to our apples. After the apples were set, it was time to make these pink candy apples extra special.
The trick to adding them was to use some light corn syrup on the set apples as edible “glue”. We started out with a larger plastic non-edible spider and added in lots of sprinkles, nonpareils, spider candies, edible gold stars and edible glitter. The glitter adds the most beautiful sparkle to these.
You might also like our Ghost Rice Krispie Squares here.
Also check out our Homemade Caramel Apples here.
And today I’ve joined some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their fun Halloween Recipe ideas with you! Just click on the links below the images to be taken directly to their posts.