Planning a Halloween party? Heading to a potluck? Promise to make treats for your kid's entire class or everybody at the office? Stick with a tried and true Halloween favorite: candy apples. Dip them in a candy mixture, caramel, or chocolate, they're all candy apples, and they can do double-duty as food and decor. Anyway, no one ever refuses food on a stick.
1. The Basic Candy Apple
The traditional candy apple is delicious even at its most basic. Making them at home isn't difficult at all, especially with this recipe. This involves making your own candy coating, which means you can make your apples as brilliantly red as you like or you can experiment with different colors. However, you can also melt down candy instead – I suggest Jolly Ranchers because the results are awesome.
2. The Basic Caramel Apple
Honestly, you can follow any basic recipe whether it instructs you to make your own caramel or to melt down caramel squares. Do you, especially if you've made them before (and they turned out well, of course).
3. Orange Candy Apples
So, here's an example of just how you can change the color of your candy apples. I confess, however, when I first saw this recipe, I thought perhaps the coating would be orange flavored, which intrigued me. If you thought the same thing, I do not want you to suffer my disappointment: a little orange flavoring goes a long way, whether you use a squeeze of fresh juice, some zest, or even orange-flavored liqueur for a more adult candy apple. You're welcome.
4. Candy Apple Monsters
These are ridiculously adorable, plus they're really easy to make. Googly eyes really do make everything better, don't they?
5. Candy Apple Cake Pops
All right, all right, these aren't technically candy apples at all, but come on. Aren't they adorable? Besides, it's a cute alternative for actual apples and anyway, when is it not a good time for cake?
6. Rustic Candy Apples
These are darling. They're trending in the shabby chic DIY set right now because they look as lovely as they taste. You'll see a lot of twig skewers, actually, but for me that coconut is the standout of this recipe.
7. Bloody Candy Apples
This is alternatively known as the “True Blood recipe,” but it would work for any vampire theme, really. The apples are gruesomely pretty, which is always nice, and they use white chocolate, which is even better. Just be careful with it. White chocolate is stubborn and wicked and ungrateful.
8. Mini Cinnamon Candy Apples
What goes together better than apples and cinnamon? You don't have to make them mini, either, but you might want to if you choose to pair them with a little booze...
9. Cinnamon Candy Apple Cocktails
...because that's what this recipe does. Candy apple cocktails, y'all. No one will get out of your Halloween party without a story and/or a hangover.
10. Dulce De Leche Candy Apples
This is a ridiculously delicious take on a regular old caramel apple, and since it relies mainly on dulce de leche coffee creamer, it's also pretty quick and easy. That being said, if you want to go the full made-from-scratch route, there's no rule saying you can't make your own dulce de leche.
11. Black Licorice Caramel Candy Apples
So, black licorice caramel. I hate black licorice, but these are stunning, smart, and perfect for Halloween. The recipe is for the sauce specifically, along with some other pairing ideas, so if you like this stuff, you're about to be so happy!
12. Spooky Black Caramel Apples
If you really can't abide black licorice, you can make a plain black caramel – food coloring is great, isn't it? Just don't mix the black caramel apples with the licorice caramel ones – or do, I mean, if that's your bag.
13. Poison Toffee Apples for Halloween
If caramel isn't your thing but you love the look of black apples, you can make some of these shiny confections. It's not a buttery toffee, true, but still. Well, I don't know, I guess you could coat it in legit toffee, couldn't you? The black food coloring might look a little murky, but … sorry. Got to yarning. Anyway!
14. DIY Halloween Candy Apples
Here are two other ways to decorate your apples and they are seriously gorgeous. They could double as decor, truthfully. This recipe teaches you how to make jack-o'-lanterns and black widows, which means I'm making these the next time we're with my mom-in-law on Halloween.
15. M&M Caramel Apple
I like this recipe because it's simple but festive, plus you can change it up however you like. I think Reese's Pieces would be amazeballs.
16. Caramel and White Chocolate Dipped Apples
Pay attention to the finished product more than the name. Tell me that white chocolate doesn't look a little like mummy wrappings. It has potential, right? Think white chocolate dipped over the black caramel, even.
17. Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pumpkins
These are so cute that I can't even handle it. I don't know if I could possibly eat them, they're too perfect. Yet somehow I know in my heart that if I tried these, they would end up looking like gooey, rotten pumpkins.
18. Marbled Candy Apples
These are pretty as they are, but not quite on-point for Halloween, right? Right, I totally agree, but they're easily adaptable, you can use whatever color you want, and it is thankfully way easier than trying to marble your nails.
19. Maple Candied Applies
Maple candied apples, man oh man. This is the perfect fall candy apple (and it doesn't even have any pumpkin spice!). The best part? The stunning spider web detailing!
20. Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples
THESE ARE SO ADORABLE.
Maybe you're too old to go trick or treating, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't still get treats. If the trick half of the equation still appeals to you, just remember: black caramel is indistinguishable from black licorice caramel and no one can tell the difference between M&Ms, Reese's Pieces, and Skittles.
Which ones are your favorite?