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29th
Oct

How to make your own toffee apples

Halloween is spookily close and with it falling on half term week, get creative with the children and attempt at making your own toffee apples. Whether you are throwing a Halloween themed party or giving out treats to scarily dressed trick or treaters, make your own toffee apples for everyone to enjoy! Whilst you are making the toffee apples, the children can instead make chocolate covered apples and decorate them with different toppings.

Red Toffee Apples

You will need:

  • 8 apples
  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • Baking parchment
  • 8 lolly sticks or wooden skewers
  • Sugar Thermometer

Instructions

1. First of all, start by placing the apples in a bowl and covering with boiling water. This will remove the wax from the apple therefore making it easier for the toffee to stick. Don’t keep the apples in the water for too long as you don’t want them to brown.

2. Twist off the stalks and make sure you dry the apples thoroughly. Then insert the lolly sticks or skewers into the core of the apple about half way.

3. Place the apples on the baking parchment and leave to one side.

4. Over a medium heat, pour the sugar into a saucepan along with 100ml of water. Cook for around 5 minutes until the sugar dissolves and then stir in the vinegar and golden syrup.

5. Set a sugar thermometer in the saucepan and boil to 150°C. If you don’t have a themometre, no worries, simply test by pouring a little bit of the mixture into cold water and if it is ready, it should harden instantly. If not then carry on boiling the mixture.

6. Now carefully tip each apple into the mixture and cover all over and let any excess toffee drip away before placing back on the baking parchment. If the toffee loses tempreture, you may need to heat it a little as you go. Add any extra toppings such as chocolate sprinkles or coconut and then leave them to cool.

Top Tip – To get the blood red colour, add food colouring to the mixture or you could go for a gunge green.

Chocolate covered apples

Picture: Flickr / tonydolor

If the children are going to make chocolate covered apples, simply melt the chocolate, dip the apples in the chocolate and then roll in any toppings you may want to add. Then leave them to cool and enjoy!

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