Blood Red Toffee Apples


  • 5 small apples, washed and dried
  • 5 wooden skewers
  • 18 oz white sugar
  • 4.5 oz softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon red gel food coloring


1. Mix the sugar, butter, vinegar and boiling water in a heavy based saucepan on a low heat.

2. Add the food coloring and stir continuously over heat until all the sugar has dissolved.

3. Once the sugar has dissolved, boil the mixture for 10 minutes. Do not stir!

4. Test your toffee! Drop a bit of the mixture into a bowl of cold water. If it immediately hardens, it’s ready.

5. Remove from the heat and let the bubbles disappear. Whilst waiting, pierce the apples halfway through with the wooden skewers.

6. Pour the mixture into a warm mixing bowl (place it into a sink of warm/hot water for 5 minutes prior) and tilt to one side. Then, dip the apple into the toffee and twist gently until it is fully coated.

7. Remove the apple, allowing any excess to drip back into the pan and immediately dip into ice cold water. Finally, place the apple down onto a sheet of baking paper to set. Enjoy the crunch!