Recipe: Traditional Toffee Apples

Toffee Apples are the perfect outdoor treat. You’ll need ten clean, sturdy sticks – or push the boat out and use cinnamon sticks. Easy recipe for Halloween or Bonfire Night.

Toffee apples

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes setting

Total time: 55 minutes 55 minutes

Serves: 10


10 English apples, well scrubbed to remove any wax residues

450g light muscovado sugar

3 tsp white wine vinegar

50g unsalted butter

3 tbsp golden syrup


Insert a stick into the stalk end of each apple; line a baking sheet with oiled foil.
Put the sugar in a heavy-based pan with 120ml cold water and heat gently, stirring until it dissolves. Stop stirring, bring to the boil and add the vinegar, butter and golden syrup. Boil for about 20 minutes, until it has reached the soft-crack stage (138°C on a sugar thermometer, or the point at which a little of the mixture, dropped into cold water, forms threads that bend slightly before breaking).

Quickly dip the apples in the caramel, turning to coat, and leave to set on the oiled foil in a cool place (not the fridge) for about 15 minutes.

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