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by Matthew Mead from Matthew Mead's Halloween

BLACK CANDIED APPLES
(makes 8-10 candied apples)

You will need:
8-10 medium-sized apples
8-10 wooden twigs, trimmed
3 cups granulated sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
1 cup of water
Several drops of cinnamon flavored oil
¼ teaspoon of red food coloring
¼ teaspoon of black food coloring

1. Clean and dry the apples and scrub the wooden twigs in a soap and water solution and rinse well.

2. Remove any stems or leaves from the apples and insert a twig into the end of each apple.

3. 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.

4. Remove from heat and stir in flavored oil and food coloring.

5. Dip one apple completely in the syrup and swirl it so that it becomes coated with the melted sugar candy. Hold the apple above the saucepan to drain off excess. Place apple, with the stick facing up, onto a baking sheet that’s greased or use a sheet of parchment paper. Repeat the process with the remaining apples. If your syrup thickens or cools too much, simply reheat briefly before proceeding. Let the apples cool completely before serving.