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These Halloween poison apples give the popular fall candy apple treat a fun and spooky Halloween makeover. With their shiny black candy coating, these apples will be the star of any party!
Candy apples are a classic fall treat and we love the shiny and sweet candy coating covering a tart and crunchy Granny Smith apple. And though they’re typically a bright red color, this black version is so much fun, and perfect for Halloween!
The best part is that these Halloween poison apples are just as easy to make as the traditional version. You’ll boil a mixture of sugar, water, and corn syrup until it forms a thick candy coating. Then just use black food coloring to get the striking inky black color and dip your apples!
Why We Love This Recipe
Perfect for Halloween – The striking spooky black color of these poison candy apples guarantees that they’ll be the star of your Halloween party.
Great for Kids – Candy apples are always a huge hit with kids, so these are perfect for a children’s party or classroom event. You can even turn this into a red candied apple for a Snow White or princess themed birthday party too.
Inexpensive – This Halloween recipe is made with inexpensive ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry. That means that you won’t have to spend a lot of money to make these treats.
Fun For Gifting – Ideal for any fall party, these would also make a fun gift or party favor when individually wrapped in cellophane.
- Granny Smith apples
- White granulated sugar
- Corn syrup
- Black gel food coloring
- Vanilla extract
How to Make Poison Apples
Step 1: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a saucepan.
Step 2: Add the black food dye. Stir until completely blended.
Step 3: Heat over medium-high and stir the mixture to combine.
Step 4: Place the candy thermometer in the pan. Continue heating until mixture reaches 290° Fahrenheit (about 8-10 minutes).
Step 5: Wash the apples and remove the stems. Dry with a paper towel, then push a wooden stick all the way down into the center of each apple.
Step 6: Once the candy coating reaches 290° Fahrenheit, remove it from the heat. Add the salt and vanilla extract and stir.
Step 7: Dip each apple into the saucepan. Swirl a couple times to get a thick,
dark black coating. Lift and let the excess drip off.
Step 8: Place the apple on the parchment covered baking sheet then repeat with the rest of the apples and let them cool until hardened.
Tips & Tricks
- If you want a bubbly look, dip the apples into the candy mixture while you still see bubbles after you remove it from the heat. For a smooth candy coating, remove the candy from the heat and stir until all the bubbles have disappeared before dipping the apples.
- Decorate these treats with Halloween sprinkles or candy eyeballs or try adding a gummy worm for a cute and festive touch.
- Work quickly when dipping the apples, as the candy coating hardens quickly. If it does start to harden, you can put it back on the heat and stir until it softens up.
Are Caramel Apples The Same As Candy Apples
No, candy apples and caramel apples have two different types of coating. These are made from sugar and corn syrup, which gives them a hard candy layer. Regular caramel apples are usually made with brown sugar and heavy cream, which gives them a softer, more chewy texture.
How Do I Store Candy Apples?
Store your apples in the fridge in an airtight container separated by wax paper. They should keep for 7-10 days.
Can I Use a Different Kind of Apple?
Sure – you can use any kind of apple you prefer. However, I think the tart varieties like Granny Smith provide a nice contrast to the sweetness of the candy coating.
More Fun Halloween Treats
- Mummy Rice Krispie Treats
- Halloween Donuts
- Candy Corn Cookie Bars
- Halloween Dirt Pudding
- Halloween Bark
Halloween Poison Apples
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a saucepan.3 cups white granulated sugar, 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, ¾ cup corn syrup
- Add the black food dye.black food coloring
- Heat over medium-high and stir the mixture to combine.
- Place the candy thermometer in the pan and continue heating until the mixture reaches 290° Fahrenheit (about 8-10 minutes).
- Wash the apples and remove the stems. Dry with a paper towel, then push a wooden stick all the way down into the center of each apple.6 Granny Smith Apples
- Once the candy coating reaches 290° Fahrenheit, remove it from the heat. Add the salt and vanilla extract and stir.¾ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dip each apple into the saucepan. Swirl a couple times to get a thick, dark black coating. Lift and let the excess drip off.
- Place the apple on the parchment covered baking sheet then repeat with the rest of the apples and let them cool until hardened.