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Red White & Blue Candy Apples

 

A layer of chewy blue raspberry candy coats a crisp, tart apple in this old-fashioned favorite, Red White & Blue Candy Apples.

Red White & Blue Candy Apples at TidyMom.net

If you follow me on twitter or facebook, you probably saw all my hints and teases all weekend about “what am I making”.

I don’t remember how it happened really, but one day while stumbling around on the internet I ran into Blue Raspberry Candy Apple Magic Mix.  The instant I saw it I knew I had to make some Red White and Blue Candy Apples for 4th of July!

I’m a big fan of caramel apples and candy apples.  Most of the time I only get them in the fall when I see those cute little Happy Apples all over my grocery store.  I’ve never made candy apples before, I thought how hard could it be!

HA!……well, let me tell you, it’s NOT hard if you have the correct directions and a little information.

My first attempt was failure.  I hung my head as tears rolled down my cheeks.  My apples LOOKED pretty.  They looked as good as I had envisioned.

Only one problem………the candy coating was ROCK hard! like a sucker!  You couldn’t even cut it with a knife, much less bite in with your teeth.

So I crawled in to bed defeated, I tossed and turned all night, wondering why my apples didn’t turn out….was the “magic” that it turns your apple to a sucker? 🙁  couldn’t be.

Red white and blue candy apples

Day 2 I got up determined to give it another try.

After speaking to my friend Cindy, I discovered the package directions are incorrect…….heating your candy mixture to 300° like the package said, will yield candy like a sucker.  She suggested I try 250°.  …………..and guess what?!  THAT was it!!!! I had a nice caramel/taffy consistency on my apples!

Supplies for Blue Candy Apples

(click items to find them online)

  • Apples – I used Granny Smith, but any firm tart apple will work.
  • Sugar & water (per instructions on bag)
  • Large pot for making candy coating
  • wooden spoon for stirring
  • 2 small bowls for sprinkles
  • cooking sheet to place covered apples on
  • Waxed paper
  • Non-Stick cooking spray

 

Prepare your apples and kitchen/supplies:

  • Wash and dry apples and remove stems
  • insert sticks in apples
  • Line baking sheet with waxed paper and spray heavily with non-stick spay (you will place coated apples on this)
  • Pour Sprinkles into one bowl. (leave one bowl empty)

 

Make Candy Apples

one bag of Candy Apple Magic can coat up to 100 apples – so I only used 1/2 of the package.

  • Combine 1/2 package of  Blue Raspberry Candy Apple Mix with 2.5 pounds granulated sugar and 1 cup water in large sauce pan over medium heat stirring until sugar is dissolved
  • Place candy thermometer on pan (not touching bottom of pan)
  • Increase heat to medium high heat, do NOT stir and cook until candy thermometer reaches exactly 250° F.  This took about 15 mins, but can be different according to your stove, so watch carefully. (NOTE: the package say 300° you do NOT want to cook to 300° or your candy will be too hard)
  • When temp reaches 250° remove pan from heat and dip apples working quickly. * BE VERY CAREFUL candy coating is very hot and will burn your skin
  • I sprinkled each apple right after dipping – I held the freshly dipped apple over an empty bowl while showering with sprinkles. (I had to work very quickly, as they did not want to stick well )
  • Place on lined & greased pan and continue with rest of the apples.
  • Place in refrigerator to cool.
  • Once your apples have cooled, you can eat and enjoy! Make sure to eat them within three days of making them, and I would recommend storing in the refrigerator. We left ours out over night in the air conditioned house and they melted quite a bit.

If you’d like to give some as gifts or party favors, cover in cellophane and tie off with a pretty ribbon or red twisty tie.

Red White and Blue Candy Apples

Helpful sites on Candy and Candy Apple Making

Cooking stages of candy making (wish I had found this site the first day)

How to Make Candy Apples (great how to video)

 

I just LOVE the way they turned out! and they were every bit as chewy and delicious as I had anticipated!! I’m glad I gave them a second chance!!

I think these would be adorable for a 4th of July celebration!!

More 4th of July recipes and crafts you may enjoy:

Fourth of July Marshmallow Pops

Red White & Blue Cupcakes

Red White & Blue Jelly Filled Donuts

Fourth of July Free Printables

Fourth of July Snack Cups

Fourth of July Cupcakes in a Jar

Red & Hot Boom gift and printable

Flag Hurricanes

Made in the USA pins

Red White and Blue Star Cookies

Confetti Firecrackers

Red Hots & Blue Rocket Wreath

 

 

 

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

154 comments

  1. Those are too cute! I could definitely see them for summer too, even though you usually only see candied apples at Halloween, because they are fresh!

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  3. Loooove! What gorgeous colors. I posted a link on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com 🙂

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  5. Cheryl– These are by far the coolest 4th of July treats that I have seen. Absolutely perfect!

  6. Awesome job! They look bluelicious!
    I’d love for you to share this at my link party… I am doing a post about red, white and blue treats and this would be perfect!

  7. Cheryl,

    I just want to let you know that you just got a STICKER from me at The 36th AVENUE… Thank you for sharing!

    The post will be up in an hour or so 😉

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  12. This is a wonderful idea. You did a great job. So nice, I would be afraid to eat it!

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  13. These are SO cool! I can’t get over the incredible colors. What a super fun weekend treat. AND…thank you, thank you for featuring me today in your 4th of July post. <3

  14. Hi there! I absolutely love your adorable apples! Just wanted you to know I featured you! Check it out! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  15. SO pretty and yum.

  16. I love these! I’m having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party today and I’d love for you to come join in on the fun!

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  20. These are great! Where did you get that beautiful blue cake plate from?
    I luv it!

  21. Just found this picture and recipe through Pinterest and I love it! i have a blog and business called Apple Blue and am working on opening a handmade/vintage shop in 2013…. Im thinking these would be a PERFECT treat for the grand opening. : )

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  24. Any suggestions for navy blue apples? Would like to alternate navy blue candy apples and carmel apples at my fall wedding as favors…

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  27. These look SO good. Thanks for sharing your experiences and a great tutorial!

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  43. I love this idea 🙂

    I just wanted you to know – I featured this recipe in my Memorial Day Recipe Round Up

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  48. Stopping by to let you know that this recipe has been featured in my Patriotic Round-up of recipes and craft ideas.

    Thanks for the inspiration,
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