A deliciously dark treat for Halloween.

Ingredients

Serves: 8 

  • 8 small apples
  • 450g caster sugar
  • 160g glucose syrup
  • 180ml water
  • 3 drop food colouring (black)

To decorate:

  • White marshmallows
  • 8 White plastic lollipop sticks

Method

  1. Wash apples and dry. Push a lollipop stick into the apples.
  2. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  3. Place water, sugar and glucose syrup into a heavy-based saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved.
  4. Place food/candy thermometer in the pan and boil until temperature reaches hard crack (150C).
  5. If you don't have a thermometer, all you'll need is a bowl of very cold/ ice water instead. While the candy is cooking, periodically drop a small spoonful of the candy into the bowl of cold water. The syrup should form brittle threads and easily cracks and snaps.
  6. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in food colouring.
  7. Dip apples into the syrup one at a time, tip pan to completely coat apple.
  8. Place on baking sheets to set at room temperature.

CAUTION: Please be very careful when working with hot sugar.

To decorate:

  1. Place marshmallows in a microwaveable bowl. heat for 30 seconds
  2. Stir marshmallows till they are cool enough to work with.
  3. Take a small piece of marshmallow and stretch it till you get nice thin strands. Wrap strands around candied apples, repeat till you have required effect.