How to make toffee apples

Learn how to make these classic childhood treats at home.

Points to remember

  • Cover the apples with boiling water to remove the waxy coating as this will help the toffee to stick.
  • Dry the apples thoroughly with kitchen towel.
  • Pull off the apple stalks and insert a wooden skewer.
  • Melt the sugar with the water over a gentle heat so the water does not boil before the sugar has fully dissolved.
  • Use the end of a wooden spoon to agitate the sugar around the pan to help it dissolve quicker.
  • Bring to the boil and keep heating until it reaches 150C ‘hard crack’ stage perfect for toffee apples – use a sugar thermometer to check.
  • Be careful not to put your hands near the toffee in the pan as it is very hot.
  • Take the pan off the heat and dip apples into the toffee – if the mixture gets too cool place back over a low heat.
  • Place coated apples on baking parchment.
  • Add toppings to your apples such as crushed nuts as soon as you have dipped the apples in the toffee so they stick to the outside.

If you haven’t got a sugar thermometer you can drop a little of the toffee in a glass of cold water and if it hardens straight away it’s ready.