Cider Spiced Candy Apples



  • 1/4 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp red or black gel food coloring
  • 5 large Stemilt apples, any variety

Apple cider adds a fun twist to a classic fall dessert to make with kids - candy apples!

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  • Yield
    5 large apples servings
  • Prep time
  • Cook time
  • Total time
  • Cuisine
    European, American
  • In Category
    Candy, Dessert, Snacks
  • Level


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment, and lightly brush the parchment with butter.
  2. Combine sugar, apple cider, corn syrup, and red or black food coloring in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high.
  4. Boil until the syrup reaches 300°F to 310°F (hard-crack stage) on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, insert a wooden dowel or stick into the stem end of each apple, pushing halfway down.
  6. When syrup reaches the desired temperature, immediately remove from heat.
  7. Working quickly, dip apples, 1 at a time, in candy to coat.
  8. Transfer to baking sheet; let cool.

Candy apples can be made up to 4 hours ahead; keep at room temperature until ready to serve.

    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories: 570
    • Fat Content: 2.6g
    • Cholesterol Content: 2mg
    • Sodium Content: 25mg
    • Carbohydrate Content: 145.5g
    • Fiber Content: 5.4g
    • Sugar Content: 118.6g
    • Protein Content: 1g