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Candy Apples
Candy apples made at home are always a hit.
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Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 mins.
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2 cups sugar
2/3 cups light corn syrup
1 cup water
1 2-inch cinnamon stick
red food coloring
6 small red apples, on wooden sticks (crisp, firm apples work best)

Combine first four ingredients (sugar through cinnamon) in small saucepan. Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture begins to boil. Cook without stirring to 300 degrees (brittle), using low heat after 280 degrees. Wipe away sugar crystals from sides of pan with damp cloth wrapped around a fork. Remove from heat; remove cinnamon stick; color syrup bright red, stirring as little as possible. Holding each apple by the stick, dip quickly in hot syrup, covering apple completely. Remove and twirl, to spread syrup evenly. Place upright on a rack to dry. Be sure apples do not touch while drying.

Optional decorations: Immediately upon removing apples from syrup, sprinkle with chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or granola, grapenuts or other cereal. Use leftover syrup to "glue" faces on candy apples using small pieces of candy, such as gumdrops.

Work fast when dipping and twirling apples.

If syrup gets thick, set it over very low heat or boiling water to keep it liquid.

Tip the pan to make a well of syrup for easier coating.

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