Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween on the Vegas Morning Blend

It's Halloween and time for some spooky but ultra cool looking food.  I'm one of these people who feels like less is more...and when I was asked to do something ghoulish for the Morning Blend...I had some ideas in my head and ended up finding Adam's Spooky Apples on Mattbites.com.  I fell in love with it and of course...had to share this with everyone!

You have to see the amazing pictures that Matt Armendariz took of Adam's apples.  I just love the look...so gorgous!

Anyhow...here's the clip from the show!  Enjoy!  You can all easily make this at home. Click on the link to see the video.

Adam's Scary Apples
recipe courtesy of Adam Pearson

Red & Black Candy Apples
8-10 medium sized apples
8-10 wooden twigs, trimmed
3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup of water
several drops of cinnamon flavored oil
1/4 teaspoon of red food coloring
1/4 teaspoon of black food coloring

Clean and dry the apples. Try to remove as much of the wax as possible. If you purchase them from your local farmer’s market then chances are they have not been treated with the food grade wax that makes then shine. Remove any stems or leaves and insert a twig into the end of each apple. To facilitate easier twig entry you can carefully sharpen the end of the twig or use a candy stick to create a guide hole. Set apples aside.

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. Don’t go over 310 degrees or your candy burns and then you’ll be sad.
Remove from heat and stir in flavored oil and food coloring.

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 lined with a silpat. 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.

A note about the black apples: Lighter colored apples (Granny Smith, Golden Delicious) work well in making the red appear bright and glassy; darker apples like red delicious help the black candy appear as dark as possible. Muy spooky!
Also, Adam made one batch with red food coloring and after he had a few red apples he reheated the candy mixture and added black food coloring. Adding black to red will make it darker. He repeated the dipping process. Black food coloring can be found online or at specialty baking stores.

* My Notes
1.  Adam found his cinnamon oil at a cake supply store or it's also available online.  I wasn't able to find it, so I just used cinnamon extract.

2.  If you can't find black food coloring you can make it. 
Mix 3 parts red, 3 parts blue, and 2 parts green.  

3.  Always keep a bowl of ice water near you when working with sugar.

4.  It will take about 30 minutes to get your sugar to 300 degrees.

5.  The corn syrup is used to prevent the sugar from crystallizing making it smooth and easy to dip.

Dao and Shawn having some fun on set!


  1. Those red and black candy apples looks like they're not consumable but it seems like a toy or set decoration. Base on your recipe, I'm so certain that these candy apples are very delicious.

  2. Those candy apples looks so interesting and delicious. I just think it's too sweet. I have a tendency to overeat sweets that why I once had an emergency dental care .

  3. I like the shiny color of that sweet candy apples! My kids tend to eat too much sweets every Halloween. There was a time my son had toothaches because of eating so many candy apples and chocolates. Good thing my dentists in Myrtle Beach SC are ready for rescue.

  4. Halloween is my favorite holiday because there are lots of candies to choose from while waiting for the children to knock on your door and ask for some. I honestly crave for them myself. The funny part is that every after Halloween I immediately schedule an appointment with Ronald Receveur for a check up because my teeth would probably ache after Halloween night.

  5. For me, Halloween isn't only about costumes or scaring people, but it's a time for candies and sweets as well. During this event the colorado springs cosmetic dentistry strongly suggest for the kids to brush their teeth regularly, since they'll be consuming huge amount of sweets.