|Homemade Strawberry-Lemonade & Blue Raspberry Candy Apples
This recipe shows you how to not only make but enjoy the process that is Candy Apple making. Candy apples can be fun and enjoyable while making and its enjoying because it's an art, you can make them with your favorite apples and any of your favorite flavors. These apples are a blue raspberry and strawberry lemonade, both flavors you can enjoy in warm and cold months. A great treat for adults and kids alike because it's one of those treats we grew up enjoying over and over again. But we have all gotten ones that aren't the best, but this recipe shows you how to make a perfect candy apple every time. Serve these at parties and event or just a special dessert on the weekend. Theme them with holidays or parties and enjoy year round.
Homemade Strawberry-Lemonade & Blue Raspberry Candy Apples
Yields:12 Candy Apples (each flavor)
Candy Apple Base
12 small organic green (granny smith) apples (12 each flavor)
3 cups organic raw sugar
1/2 cup organic light corn syrup
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vegan food coloring (each gets there own)
Strawberry Lemonade Apple
1/4 teaspoon strawberry oil flavoring
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon vegan red or pink food coloring
Blue Raspberry Apple
1 1/2 teaspoons raspberry extract
1/2 teaspoon vegan blue food coloring
24 Popsicle sticks (or thick lollipop/chopsticks can be done)
Wash and thoroughly dry the organic apples.
Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and cook the mixture until a candy thermometer reaches 300 Degrees F (the hard crack stage).
When the candy reaches 300 degrees (this will take time), remove the candy mixture from the heat and carefully stir in the food coloring and extract (it may splash, so stand back). You may have to add more than the designated 1/2 teaspoon, depending on the quality and strength of your food coloring. I used a vegan gel food color.
One by one, carefully and quickly dip the apples into the candy mixture, swirling to coat them thoroughly and allowing any excess to drip back into the pan. Transfer the coated apples to the prepared cookie sheet and allow them to cool until the candy has fully hardened. Once the candy hardens, at least 30 minutes but up to 24 hours, remove from tray and wrap. Enjoy!