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Happy Halloween! Unfortunately, work kept me too busy to do nearly as much Halloween baking as I had wanted to this year, but I wanted to make at least one more quick treat to celebrate my favorite season, so I made and decorated some spooky candy apples. These pack quite a visual punch yet are so simple to make that even people who don’t like or aren’t good at baking could easily make them up before donning their costumes on All Hallow’s Eve, so if you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween treat to whip up that doesn’t even require an oven, give these a try★
Candy apples and caramel apples are long-time favorite Halloween treats in the US, and are a source of nostalgia for me as I can recall my mother either making or buying caramel apples for many a childhood Halloween party. However, while the caramel and candy apples of my childhood were usually simple, unadorned treats, elaborately decorated apples seem to be all the rage these days.
Finding apples like this, this, and this while browsing Pinterest for baking ideas both inspired me and filled me with nostalgia for those childhood Halloween parties, so I decided to try my hand at making some myself.
The only problem? With so many cool decorating ideas out there, how could I possibly choose what kind of apples to make for myself? After much indecision, I ended up opting to make both Jack Skellington-inspired chocolate-covered skull apples and spooky black candy apples.
The black candy apples were quite simple in that they only required making the candy coating and then dipping the apples, but the bewitching black color had enough of a visual impact that I didn’t feel like any further adornment was required.
However, when I dipped the skull apples in white chocolate and drew on the faces, I felt like something was missing, so inspired by the bloody apples I found on Pinterest, I cooked up some red candy coating and applied it like blood. Doing this created what I felt was the ultimate Halloween apple oozing with horror creepiness, so I was more than satisfied.
Making and decorating these was very simple and actually took far less time than it took to let the coating set–not to mention, the sweetness of both the candy coating and white chocolate really complimented the slight tartness of apples well–so these are perfect for anyone who either doesn’t have an oven or doesn’t have much time yet still wants to make a tasty treat to impress his/her friends this Halloween★
Spooky Skull and Bewitching Black Candy Apples
Spooky skull and bewitching black candy apples that pack quite a visual punch yet are so simple to make that even people who don't like or aren't good at baking could easily make them up before donning their costumes on All Hallow's Eve★
Author（投稿者）: Xiomare Entropy (Inspired by 1 Fine Cookie, Simply Delicious)
Recipe type（レシピカテゴリ）: Dessert
Serves（何人分）: 6 apples
- For skull apples:
- 3 red apples
- 8 oz (250 g) white chocolate
- 2 tbsp water
- ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp corn syrup
- chocolate pen
- red food coloring
- vanilla extract to taste
- For black candy apples:
- 3 apples
- 1 cup (200 g) granulate sugar
- ¼ cup (60 ml) corn syrup
- 6 oz (175 ml) water
- black food coloring
- vanilla extract to taste
- Make skull apples: insert skewers into the top of the apples and set on wax or parchment paper.
- Melt white chocolate in the microwave.
- Dip apples in the white chocolate to about the ¾ mark and let dry.
- When hardened, draw on skull faces with a chocolate pen and allow to dry.
- Once the face has set, combine water, sugar, and corn syrup in a pan and heat over medium-high heat.
- Stir until sugar granules disappear, continue heating to 290 F (143 C), and remove from heat.
- Mix in red food coloring and vanilla to taste and then immediately use a pastry brush to drip the candy coating down the tops of the apples.
- Let cool and then enjoy★
- Make black candy apples: Make skull apples: insert skewers into the top of the apples and set on wax or parchment paper.
- Combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, water, and food coloring in a pan, heat on medium-high heat, and stir until sugar granules disappear.
- Keep heating to 310 F (150 C), and remove from heat.
- Stir in vanilla to taste and then immediately dip the apples in the candy coating.
- Allow to cool and then enjoy★
Black candy apples adapted from: http://simply-delicious-food.com/2013/10/29/poison-toffee-apples-halloween/
Bloody candy apples adapted from: http://www.1finecookie.com/2013/10/bloody-candy-apples-halloween-recipe/