Honey Candy Apples

Honey Candy Apples
Honey Candy Apples

Editor's Note: These Honey Candy Apples are a healthier take on the caramel apple trend! The candy coating is made from all-natural honey and sugar for a sweet treat that's also fun to make. The kids will love helping you dip the apples into the candy coating. This makes for a fun project for the whole family! Bonus points if the apples are fresh-picked, but store-bought is fine if you're short on orchards in your area. Thanksgiving can be even sweeter this year with these candy apples. Enjoy this classic fall treat guilt-free!

Makes6 candy apples



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe CourseDessert

Taste and TextureSweet

Type of DishDessert


  • 6 red delicious apples
  • 6 red delicious apples
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup or glucose
  • Few drops lemon juice, optional
  • ½ teaspoon red gel-based good coloring, optional
  • Few drops rosewater extract, optional


  1. Remove any stickers from the apples, and then wash and dry them thoroughly. Insert a licorice stick or wooden skewer in the top of each apple, pushing it down until it is securely in the fruit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a heavy-based saucepan, combine the sugar, water, honey, corn syrup, lemon juice, food coloring and rosewater extract. Heat over medium-high heat, gently stirring until the sugar melts and the mixture comes to a boil. Once the mixture boils, attach a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan and continue heating, now without stirring, until it reaches 305◦F. Brush down the sides of the saucepan with a pastry brush dipped in water to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Swirl the saucepan from time to time so the caramel cooks evenly.

  3. Remove saucepan from the heat and let the liquid sit until the bubbles subside.

  4. Dip each fruit into the syrup and then place on the baking sheet. Cool to room temperature and store in a dry place until ready to serve. Serve on same day. If you’re giving the candy apples as gifts, wrap them in decorative cellophane.


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Apples are by-far my favorite fruit, and they're even better when transformed into candy apples!


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