Candy apples are a seasonal favorite this time of year. With apples in high season, and Halloween days away, this is a perfect time to add these indulgent treats to your party menu. Better yet, why not be the house that hands out homemade candy apples instead of Starbursts and Milky Ways!
The Food and Wine Dictionary defines candy apples like this: “an apple that’s coated with a cinnamon-flavored red sugary syrup. This candy coating can be either crackly-hard or soft and gooey. A candied-apple clone is the caramel apple, which has a thick, soft caramel-flavored coating.”
But traditional apples-on-sticks have gotten much more creative with chefs and home-cooks making up exciting candy-coated variations for kids and lots of boozy variations like Red Wine Caramel or Bourbon-Pecan Caramel to please the grown ups.
Here is one version by Giada De Laurentiis: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/caramel-chocolate-and-candy-apples-recipe.html#lightbox-recipe-video
In the red candy coated version, that bright red color is a big part of the allure. Instead of using artificial red coloring to give your apples that vibrant punch, there are natural colorings made from organic plant extracts that can be easily made or purchased. Try experimenting with extracts from beets, elderberry, purple sweet potatoes and other vegetables to make your apples irresistibly and deliciously red.
Candy apples also make whimsical wedding favors. Make Your Wedding Favors blog suggest picking a theme to create apple favors like the Garden theme (red candy apples coated in half crushed nuts), or the Monogram theme (apples dipped in dark chocolate with white frosting to create the bride and grooms initials). Wrap creatively in natural containers, tie with raffia or ribbon, and offer as one-of-a-kind homemade take-home party favors.
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Have a Happy and Safe Eco-Friendly Halloween!