6 to 8 Red Delicious apples
3 cups sugar
1 cup water
1⁄2 cup light corn syrup
1⁄2 teaspoon oil
1⁄4 tablespoon red food coloring
1⁄4 tablespoon black coloring ( for black apples)
Remove stems and skewer apples (see below).
In a saucepan over high heat, with a candy thermometer attached, heat sugar,
water, and light corn syrup, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Bring to a boil until mixture reaches 300 degrees F. Remove from heat, and stir in 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon-flavored oil and 1⁄4 tablespoon red food coloring.
To make red apples: Dip apples, one at a time, then transfer to a greased baking sheet. Let cool, about 10 minutes.
To make black apples: Add 1⁄4 tablespoon black food coloring to your red syrup. (If the syrup has thickened, reheat briefly.) Dip apples, one at a time, then transfer to a greased baking sheet. Let cool, about 10 minutes.
Tricks for Sticks:
First, simply twist off the stem.
If your skewer is blunt, sharpen it using a utility knife to slice off one end at a
diagonal angle. Then, working on a flat surface, firmly grip your apple and push
the skewer two-thirds of the way in. If any juice leaks out, blot the fruit with a
paper towel before dipping.