Toffee Apples

Toffee Apple Recipe. Kathryn Whittaker - Getty
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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 Toffee Apples (8 servings)

Crunchy, sticky toffee apples are the perfect treat on a chilly autumn or winter's day, which is what makes them so perfect for Bonfire Night or for Halloween. They are so easy to make so don't reserve them just for those autumn evenings, they are delicious any time of year. Making your own beats the shop bought ones by a mile, try them and see. Toffee apples are best eaten as soon as possible but they will store, you will need to wrap them in cellophane or in greaseproof paper.


  • 2 1/3 cups/450 g golden caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml water (warm)
  • 2 tablespoon liquid glucose
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 8 small red apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the sugar, warm water, glucose, and vinegar in a large saucepan. While stirring, gently heat through to dissolve the sugar, but do not boil at this stage.

  3. Once all the sugar has dissolved, raise the heat and bring the toffee to a rolling boil. Using a sugar or toffee thermometer to measure the temperature, boil to 270 F/140 C. This can take 10 to 20 minutes. If you do not have a sugar or toffee thermometer, take a jug of cold water and once the toffee has started to thicken, drop a little of the toffee into the cold water. The toffee should solidify as it hits the water and when you remove it from the water, the toffee threads should still be slightly flexible, not brittle. If the toffee is soft, continue to cook.

  4. While the toffee is boiling, place the apples in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for a few minutes, then remove from the water and rub the apples with a tea towel and dry thoroughly. The hot water and the rubbing will remove any waxy surface from the apple. Once all dried, remove the apple stalks and push in a chopstick or lollipop stick.

  5.  Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

  6. Once the toffee is ready, remove from the heat and leave to stand for five minutes to let the bubbles subside. It is important to wait until all the bubbling calms down to create a smooth surface on the apples. Once the bubble shave stopped, add the food coloring and stir gently.

  7. Working quickly, tilt the pan slightly and dip the apples into the toffee and twirl around to coat completely the apple. Lift from the pan and allow any excess toffee to drain away. Stand the toffee apple onto the baking sheet and leave to set around 20 minutes, longer if possible. If the toffee starts to thicken and go hard, place back on the heat and warm through, but do not boil. If you are not eating the toffee apples straight away, wrap in cellophane.

  8. Serve and enjoy!