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Halloween Guide and Ideas

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When we think of Autumn, we can't help but think of candied apples! That brilliant red color of the sugar glazing, the sharp taste of cinnamon mixed with the sweet taste of sugar. The tart taste of the first apples of the Autumn harvest mingling with the taste of the hard glaze! It makes you realize that Halloween is quickly on it's way and that it's time to get cooking some treats for those little monsters that will soon be knocking on the door, shouting "Trick or Treat"!

Here's an easy recipe for candied apples, the only specialty item needed for cooking is a candy thermometer, which most of us don't have. It's a tall glass thermometer that is used to test the temperature of melted sugar while cooking it. It is a vital tool for making Candied Apples and many other confections using melted sugar, like home made caramel. You can find one in the kitchen section of most mass market retailers, dollar stores or restaurant supply stores.

Enjoy this recipe and be sure to make a few extras to pass around to family and friends because your family will be drawn by the smell as it cooks! As for apples, we prefer to use a tart apple, such as a Macintosh.

2 Cups granulated sugar
2 Cups corn syrup
1/3 Cup cinnamon candy
1 Cup water
3/4 Tsp. cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. vanilla
1/4 Tsp. ground cloves
3/4 Tsp. red food coloring
6 Medium sized apples

Remove stems from apples, wash, and pat dry. Insert a wooden skewer in each apple, running through the apple from stem end to base without protruding all the way through to the other side.

Combine sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon candies, and water in medium-sized saucepan. Cook until the candies dissolve, stirring constantly. Be careful not to boil at this stage.

Add cinnamon, vanilla, ground cloves, and food coloring. Mix thoroughly.

Bring mixture to a boil at 300 degrees, using a candy thermometer to check the temperature. Do not stir mixture at this stage.

While mixture is boiling, prepare a baking sheet with a generous coating of non-stick cooking spray so it's ready ahead of time. As soon as mixture reaches 300 degrees, remove it from heat and quickly dip each apple -one by one- into the mixture until it is thoroughly coated. You may have to roll the apple to coat it completely. Use a spoon to pour liquid over the apple if the pot is not deep enough to cover the apple. You want to make sure that each apple is completely covered.

Stand coated apples on their bottoms with skewer pointing up, on the baking sheet and let stand until the coating hardens. They should reach room temperature before eating.


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