Easy Candied Apples

Easy Candied Apples
In partnership with Yes! Apples Ambassador, Josh Lehenbauer (@joshisbaking).

These apple cinnamon pastries are the perfect spiced treat for the fall, but let’s be honest—they’re also perfect for any time of the year!

Best For: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes + 30 minutes chill time
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6-8 candied apples



    • Vegetable oil (or neutral oil of choice)
    • ½ cup light corn syrup
    • ¾ cup water
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • ½ tsp food coloring gel
    • 6-8 large EverCrisp®, Honeycrisp, or SweeTango® apples
    • Optional: melted chocolate, nuts, candy pieces, sprinkles


      1. Prep a large baking sheet with wax paper. Grease the wax paper with vegetable oil.
      2. Poke wooden skewers into 6-8 large apples.
      3. In a medium saucepan, whisk together light corn syrup, water, sugar, and food coloring gel. (Josh uses red here for a classic look!) Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture boils. No need to stir.
      4. Boil mixture until it reaches 310º F (this can take between 10-15 minutes), then immediately take saucepan off the heat.
      5. Begin dipping and rotating apples in the candy coating, working quickly and carefully. The mixture will set very fast!
      6. Once all apples are evenly coated, allow to cool on the wax paper-lined baking sheet for at least 30 minutes. 
      7. Melt chocolate to dip. Top with nuts, candy, or sprinkles for a pop of color! Best enjoyed within 1 day.



      • Wax Paper: Greased wax paper is the best method to make sure that apples don't stick to the surface while cooling.
      • You will need a candy thermometer to ensure that the mixture is the perfect consistency. Otherwise, it may be too tacky or too hard!
      • Be extra careful when dipping apples into the hot candy mixture. Work quickly and carefully to coat them, as it will want to set up pretty fast.

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