I used to think that candy apples we're one of those classic treats that you just didn't want to mess with. Yeah, you could add a caramel coating, some peanuts, m&m's, what have you. But in my opinion they all palled in comparison to the original version. That is, until you gild them. Because the second that happens, all bets go out the window. Gilded black candy apples? It doesn't get much better than that.
Gilded Black Candy Apples
|2 cups sugar||3/4 cup water|
|2/3 cup light corn syrup||1 1/4 teaspoons black food coloring|
|1/4 teaspoon cinnamon||(6) 8” or 10” wooden skewers|
|6 red apples||Edible gold glitter stars|
|Metallic gold paint||Paintbrush|
|Wax paper||Cooking oil spray|
Paint wooden skewers gold, excluding the last 2" towards the pointed end (which will be inserted in the apples).
Spray wax paper with cooking oil spray and set aside. Insert the sticks into the apples.
Combine sugar, water, corn syrup, black food coloring, and cinnamon in a saucepot. Insert a candy thermometer. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-high. Boil until the mixture reaches 300°F, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Immediately dip the apples into the syrup, swirling the apple around until all sides are covered. Place the candied apples onto the prepared wax paper and sprinkle with gold glitter. Apples can be made up to 6 hours in advance of serving.