Okay, I have a confession to make – I hate halloween! There, I said it! Don’t throw rocks at me, please! I actually love all the festivities surrounding Halloween, the dressing up, the parties and of course, the baking, but I have this one extreme phobia that ruins the whole holiday for me! That doesn’t mean I can’t take part in the baking fun though, so enter these toffee apples!
Halloween isn’t all that big in the UK anyway, kids do trick or treat and there’s the odd party, but it’s definitely no where near the scale you find in the US! It’s crazy how much those guys get into the spirit of Halloween, I love it. Or, I would, if I could celebrate Halloween in any way other than hiding in my house until it’s all over! Toffee apples aren’t just a halloween treat, here in the UK we serve them up on Bonfire Night too.
Aren’t these spider-man toffee apples adorable though? My piping technique leaves a little to be desired, that’s (mostly) because I couldn’t find the right tip anywhere (I know I have it somewhere!) and just ended up snipping a hole at the end of the piping bag, not the neatest way to do things! Also, cutting marshmallows is hard – who knew! I got this idea from a youtube video I saw floating around, you should definitely check it out for a full tutorial and tips. She uses black icing for piping whereas I used melted chocolate – I thought melted chocolate would make it a little tastier and reminded me of the chocolate dipped apples I used to make when I was a kid! Check out the video here:
I made these cute little spideys for my nephews who I spent the day with yesterday, I posted a couple pics of a couple of them (there are 6 total!) on my instagram if you wanna check out their cuteness! They were all very excited about them and were bummed when their mum said they couldn’t eat them until tomorrow (today), but she sent me some pics of them eating them and it seems they went down well
These toffee apples are definitely a fun and easy treat to serve up this Halloween, they look really impressive too! The recipe for the “toffee”, which is really more of a caramel, is enough for about 8 apples but you can double it if you need to make more apples! You of course don’t need to decorate them like Spider-Man it’s so fun, why wouldn’t you?! You could pipe other spooky designs on there too, if you’re a creative type! I’m gonna bring these cuties along to Fiesta Friday this week and hope you awesome party goers have as much fun with them as I did. While you’re partying, check out Hilda and Julianna, their blogs are two of my favourites and I’m so happy they’re co-hosting FF again this week!! Let’s party!!
October is Lupus Awareness Month and I’m trying to raise awareness and funds for the cause, please check out this post for more info and a giveaway!
Today’s Lupus fact is (click the photo for more info):
- 8 granny smith apples
- Lolly sticks/skewers
- 400g caster sugar
- 100ml water
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- red food colouring
- 200g melted dark chocolate
- Remove stalks from apples and any stickers, and push the skewers into the top of the apples. Fill a large bowl with boiling water and place the apples in for a few seconds (you may need to do this in a couple batches). This removes any waxy coatings and helps the toffee stick. Dry the apples and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper close to where you'll be preparing the toffee.
- Put the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat on medium until the sugar is all melted.
- Add the vinegar and golden syrup and boil until the hard crack stage, about 150C/300F.
- Stir in a few drops of red food colouring, about 7-10 should do it.
- Remove from the heat.
- Working quickly, dip the apple into the toffee and slowly turn until all is coated and place back on tray. Repeat with other apples. If the toffee starts to get too thick to work with, just gently heat again until it's the right consistency.
- Leave apples to cool and harden.
- Cut the marshmallows into spider-man eye shapes (see video for more help on that) and stick to the apples, the stickiness of the marshmallow should be enough to stick it to the apple, but you can always use a dab of chocolate/icing
- Next pipe the chocolate onto the apple in the web pattern (again, see video for more help)
- Leave chocolate to harden.
- Will keep for 3 days
- You can use any apple you like, but granny smith works best as they're a bit tougher!
- You can use corn syrup instead of golden syrup if you're in the US
- It's best to use a candy thermometer to heat to the correct temperature, but if you don't have one you can test if the toffee is ready by dropping a small bit into a bowl of ice water. If ready it will harden instantly and be brittle, if it's still soft it's not ready yet.
- Please see the video in the post for a full tutorial on how to decorate the apples.