Homemade Toffee Apples Recipe

Yields: 6-8 Toffee Apples
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 6-8 small, firm apples (Granny Smith is excellent for tartness)
  • 6-8 sturdy lollipop sticks or wooden skewers
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) golden syrup (or light corn syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  • Toppings of your choice (optional): chopped nuts, sprinkles, crushed candy, etc.


  • Heavy-bottomed saucepan
  • Candy thermometer
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat


  • Prep the apples: Wash and thoroughly dry your apples. Remove stems and insert the lollipop sticks firmly into the stem end of each apple.
  • Make the toffee: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, water, golden syrup, and vinegar over medium heat. Stir gently until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  • Cook to hard crack stage: Once sugar is dissolved, stop stirring and let the mixture boil without agitation. Attach your candy thermometer to monitor the temperature. Cook until the toffee reaches the hard crack stage (300-310°F/149-154°C).
  • Add color (optional): If you want classic red toffee apples, remove the pan from heat and quickly stir in a few drops of red food coloring.
  • Dip those apples: Tilt the saucepan slightly. Carefully dip each apple into the toffee, rotating it to coat evenly. Lift the apple and allow excess toffee to drip off.
  • Add toppings (optional): If you’re using toppings, roll the coated apple in your chosen goodies while the toffee is still hot.
  • Set and cool: Place the coated apples on the prepared baking sheet. Let the toffee fully harden and cool at room temperature before enjoying.


  • Don’t touch! Hot toffee is extremely dangerous – resist the urge to touch until it’s completely cooled.
  • Work quickly: Toffee hardens fast, so it’s efficient to dip all the apples in quick succession. If it starts to thicken too much, reheat gently.
  • Weather matters: Humidity can affect the toffee. Avoid making these on rainy or extremely humid days.
  • Experiment with toppings: Get creative with your toppings! Chopped nuts of all kinds, colorful sprinkles, and even mini chocolate chips add deliciousness.


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