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Cider Spiced Candy Apples

Traditions… that’s what the holidays are all about right? One of my family’s favorite holidays is Halloween and this year we added a new tradition to our annual line up, making homemade cider spiced candy apples!! 

{{ These Cider Spiced Candy Apples are the tenth recipe in our year long partnership with Stemilt ! We received compensation and product in exchange for it. Opinions are always our own. If we don’t love it, you don’t hear about it. Thanks for your continued support!}}

A woman wearing a black shirt and linen apron is dipping an apple on a stick into red candy syrup that is in an off white spot sitting on a black table top.

To be honest, I have always shied away from making candy apples because they intimidated me a bit. I had no idea how approachable the process was and how much fun the kids and I would have making them together. 

5 candy apples are sitting on top of a metal tray on a black table top. 2 of teh candy apples are red and 3 are black. The candy apple's sticks are made from real tree branches.

Kash gathered small sticks from our yard and Todd carved down one end on each of them so that they would easily slide into the apples. The kids watched as I turned sugar and cider into molten candy on the stove top and of course we were all mesmerized as I enrobed our favorite Stemilt apples in irresistible cider spiced candy shells. Watching the molten candy drip down the apples is just hypnotic! 

There is a woman in a black shirt and linen apron in the background dipping a red apple into a black candy syrup. There are 2 red candy apples and 1 black candy apple that are sitting on a metal tray at the front of the table the woman is standing at.

When it came to serving the apples I ultimately decided to cut the candy apples in half then into wedges so that we could all have a taste of the different varieties of apple with the candy. Todd and I loved the tart Granny Smith candied apples, but the kids were all about the Fuji apples

Honestly, you have to make candy apples at least once, who knows, you may love it as much as we do! For the full recipe just click here to go to the Stemilt website! 

An off-white Le Creuset is filled with a bright red melted candy , there is a yellow apple that has a stick through the core that is being dipped into the liquid red candy. Sitting next to that is a round metal pan with parchment paper on top and a candied apple next to the pot. The wooden table top is painted black and is very weathered.

Looking for more spooky ideas for your favorite fruits? Check out these links for a few healthier, Halloween treats that are on my ‘to-make’ list for the kids! 

Vampire Caramel Apples || Apple Sunbutter Teeth Bites || Apple Mummies || Poached Pear Ghosties || 

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.