• 35 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 6 Ingredients


A Treat for the Kids


  • 12 Small Granny Smith Apples
  • 4 Cups Caster Sugar
  • 1 tpsn white vinegar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Red food colouring
  • Paddle pop sticks


  1. Wash and dry the apples and shove in paddle pop sticks into the middle of each apple. Make sure the paddle pop stick is wedged in securely.
  2. Combine the 4 cups sugar, 1 tsp vinegar and 1 cup of water in a small heavy based pot and bring to the boil
  3. Stir in the food colouring and leave the syrup to simmer for about 20mins until temperature reaches 150C or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water reaches crack stage – it should set hard and be hard to crack with fingers.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and stand in a baking dish of water until the mixture stops bubbling. When the mixture has stopped boiling, hold an apple by its stick, dip into the syrup, tilt the pan (and the apple) till the whole apple is covered.
  5. Place toffee coated apples on baking paper and leave to harden.

  • I was never a fan of these when I was younger, so I probably wouldn’t make them for my children either.


  • I actually don’t like them. My kids eat only sugar coated area.


  • These were one of my favourite treats when I was young. Didn’t realise just how simple they were to make. Don’t see them much these days.


  • Perfect timing before halloween


  • Easy to make and you photo of them shows much better toffee apples that the ones I remember buying from the greengrocers. Thanks so much for sharing.


  • My mum used to buy these for us from the fruit shop when I was younger. I prefer a fresh apple now though.


  • I so remember these from my childhood many years ago. I remember cracking through the toffee that would stick to my teeth, into an apple that wasn’t the best or the crunchiest! But we’d keep going back for me. We could choose between red and green from the Greengrocer.


  • I cannot remember the last time I had a toffee apple. They do look easy enough to make.


  • Yummy. Thank you for sharing


  • Yum! I loved these so much as a kid.
    I never knew they had vinegar as an ingredient in them though.
    Thank you for sharing.


  • An oldie but a goodie. Thank you.


  • oh I loved these as a kid – not so sure I would feed them to my girls now though lol!


  • Always wondered how to make them, but my kids love eating apples as is.


  • I rather eat a normal apple :)


  • I’ve always loved toffee apples. I had no idea they were so simple to make. Can’t wait to try these.


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