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It's apple season! There are so many great party ideas for apples that are fun and easy to make.

Professional Chef Scotty Irani joined the Rise and Shine team to show how to make some spooky apple treats!

Fall is the perfect time for candied apples, but Halloween is the perfect time for these Witch's Candied Apples.

Witch's Candied Apples

  •  6-8 medium sized apples (I like using the green Granny Smith for this)
  •  6-8 wooden twigs,  washed, dried, trimmed
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup of water
  • a few drops of black food coloring

*Prepare a sheet pan with wax paper lightly coated with cooking spray to land your hot candied apples on.

Clean and dry the apples. Try to remove as much of the wax as possible if purchased from a grocery store (quickly blanching in boiling water then dried helps with this). Remove any stems or leaves and insert a twig into the end of each apple. To facilitate easier twig entry you can carefully sharpen the end of the twig or use a candy stick to create a guide hole. Set apples aside.

Heat and stir sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan until sugar has dissolved. Boil until the syrup reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer or hard crack stage.  Remove from heat and stir in food coloring.

Chef tip: Blanch the apples in some boiling water.

Before dipping, make sure the syrup has rested a bit, and that any bubbles have disappeared. Dip one apple 3/4 of the way in the syrup and swirl it so that it becomes coated with the melted candy. A bit of the bright green peaking out the top really makes the “Witch-E-Ness” come through. Hold the apple above the saucepan to drain off excess. Place apple, with the stick facing up, onto a baking sheet that’s greased.

The candy on the apples that look like spider webs are spun sugar.

apples

"You just hold it up and whisk it, and so strings fly everywhere," Chef Scotty explained.

You can find more of Scotty's recipes on his website.