How to make toffee apples

toffee apples

by Bryony Firth-Bernard |
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Crispy on the outside and sweet in the middle, toffee apples are the perfect sweet treat for Halloween or bonfire night. They’re a great autumnal activity to make with the kids too (not to mention a hit with their tummies) and this recipe from Tesco requires minimal ingredients. Here’s how you can make them…

Preparation time

10 minutes




  • 6 red apples

  • 300g golden caster sugar

  • 3 tbsp of golden syrup

  • Toppings (nuts, sprinkles, chopped dried fruits, whatever you fancy!)

  • 6 wooden skewers


1. Put 6 red apples in a large bowl and cover with boiling water – this will remove any waxy residue on the skin and help the caramel to stick. Leave them to sit for 1 minute and then drain and dry with kitchen roll. A white dust may appear on the apples but this is nothing to worry about, just make sure they are thoroughly dry.

2. Next, carefully push a wooden skewer into the top of each of the apples and through the core, making sure the skewer doesn't come out of the other end. Rest the apples, skewers up, on a baking tray lined with nonstick baking paper.

3. Grab a medium-sized pan and ddd 300g of golden caster sugar with 3 tbsp of golden syrup and 5 tbsp of water. Swirl the water so it covers the sugar but do not stir. Heat the mixture on a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Turn up the heat and bring to boil until the sugar syrup reaches 140°C on a sugar thermometer. Make sure not to stir the caramel at any time, you can just swirl it around gently in the pan.

4. Once the toffee has reached 140°c, work quickly to dip each apple (using the skewer) into the caramel. Be careful not to touch the caramel as it will be extremely hot. Tilt the pan while rotating the apple to get an even coating of caramel. Repeat quickly with the other apples. If the mixture becomes too stiff, return it to the heat for a minute until it has softened.

5. Leave your apples to cool on the baking tray with the skewer side pointing up, or immediately after the apples are dipped, sprinkle them with whatever toppings you fancy. Make sure to sprinkle the toppings over the apple rather than dipping the apples into the bowl – you don't want them to set in the bowl.

6. Leave to set at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, then enjoy!

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