Our nostalgic recipe for toffee apples is fun to make and a good way to encourage kids to eat at least one of their five-a-day as part of Halloween or party celebrations. Choose red apples if you can.
locally grown apples
wooden skewers or lolly sticks
- Dissolve the sugar in the water over a medium heat, then stir in the vinegar, syrup and butter.
- Bring to the boil and let it roll (without stirring) until the liquid reaches the hard crack stage (use a sugar thermometer to check it has reached 138C) or hardens when dripped into cold water. Expect this to take around 10 minutes once it has started boiling.
- While the syrup is boiling, stick each apple onto a skewer or stick (you may need to use a knife to make a way in for the stick). Once the toffee is at hard crack stage, very carefully dip each apple into the hot liquid, turning it around until fully coated.
- Leave to harden on a lightly oiled tray. The apples keep well for a day or two as long as you wrap them in cellophane - for Halloween, decorate with plastic spiders or pretend cobwebs and give out to trick or treaters!