Can’t make it to the state fair? Then just make your own batch of Candy Apples at home!
Remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned that our anniversary is coming up? Well, it’s almost here. Laura and I were just talking about our wedding last weekend and reliving some of our favorite memories. What a great day! I mean how often are you surrounded by all of your family and best friends in one place? We’ve said on a number of occasions that we’d love to go back and relive that day.
One of the more unique memories from our wedding actually came on the day after. We got married in the Raleigh/Durham, NC area but we lived in Atlanta at the time. We opted to stay there in Raleigh for a couple of days while the dust settled. As we were sitting in my Mom’s house on Sunday afternoon, one of our friends offered us some extra tickets to the North Carolina State Fair. Sure enough, the fair was in town that week. And sure enough, we decided to head out that evening to the state fair. (Does that mean we technically spent our honeymoon at the NC State Fair?)
Any trip to the state fair isn’t complete without lots of fair food! We managed to sample foot-long corn dogs, gigantic 1/2 pound pickles and of course an elephant ear piled high with at least 2 cups of powdered sugar. (I was covered in powdered sugar after that one!) Oh, and how could I forget candy apples? We definitely wrapped up the evening with a candy apple or two. Needless to say, I think we fulfilled our fair food craving for at least the next 12 months!
Candy Apples are definitely a favorite fall food…especially here in New York where we have dozens of apple orchards just miles from our house. And Candy Apples are actually surprisingly easy to make at home. Unfortunately, candy apples don’t quite count as the ‘apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ but they are indeed tasty! In fact, you could have an entire batch of candy apples ready in your kitchen in just about 30 minutes. (The longest part is waiting for the sugar syrup to reach the target temperature.)
I chose to use sticks from the yard (instead of craft sticks) to create more rustic-looking candy apples. (I did wash and dry the sticks before sticking them into the apples, though.) I use this same trick whenever I make Caramel Apples, too.
And before we wrap up today’s post, I have to share another story about the state fair. The fair was in town for the whole week, and a bunch of our friends went over the night before our wedding. Well, someone won a huge stuffed dog at one of those fair games…and that dog made it’s way to the gift table at our wedding reception. I mean nothing says love like a 3-foot tall stuffed dog, right? (And for the record, that stuffed dog is sitting at the top of Laura’s closet. I imagine it will become Robbie’s once he gets a bit older.)
Enjoy fair season, and make sure to grab a candy apple…or two!
- 8 large red apples
- 8 craft sticks
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ¾ cup water
- ½ tsp red food coloring
- Insert craft sticks into center of apples. (Note: I used twigs that were washed and dried.) Set apples aside.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set pan aside.
- Using a heavy-bottomed saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup, water and food coloring. Place pan over medium-high heat. Cook until mixture reaches 300°-310°F. (Note: Use extreme caution with this mixture as it gets very hot!)
- Working with one apple at a time, tilt the pan to one side and roll apple in sugar syrup. Shake apple slightly so excess syrup drips off. Place apple on parchment-lined sheet pan until hard (~10-15 minutes).