Cider Spiced Candy Apples


Traditions… that’s what the holidays are all about right? One of my family’s favorite holidays is Halloween and this year we added a new tradition to our annual line up, making homemade cider spiced candy apples! To be honest, I have always shied away from making candy apples because they intimidated me a bit. I had no idea how approachable the process was and how much fun the kids and I would have making them together.

Kash gathered small sticks from our yard and Todd carved down one end on each of them so that they would easily slide into the apples. The kids watched as I turned sugar and cider into molten candy on the stove top and of course we were all mesmerized as I enrobed our favorite Stemilt apples in irresistible cider spiced candy shells. Watching the molten candy drip down the apples is just hypnotic!

When it came to serving the apples I ultimately decided to cut the candy apples in half then into wedges so that we could all have a taste of the different varieties of apple with the candy. Todd and I loved the tart Granny Smith candied apples, but the kids were all about the Fuji apples!

Honestly, you have to make candy apples at least once, who knows, you may love it as much as we do!

Looking for more spooky ideas for your favorite fruits? Check out these links for a few of healthier, Halloween treats that are on my ‘to-make’ list for the kids!

Vampire Caramel Apples

Apple Sunbutter Teeth Bites

Apple Mummies

Poached Pear Ghosties


  • 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