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Fear making Candy Apples no more with my easy Candy Apples recipe and how-to video including a bonus Halloween Special!

Hi Bold Bakers!

I love Candy Apples. My Mum would make them around Halloween and I remember there being a huge fuss made about staying away while she made the caramel. To be fair she had 5 small children so there was a good chance at least one of us would get under her feet. This candy apples recipe is not your Mammy’s Candy Apples however, they are white chocolate drizzled with “caramel blood.”

As part of 2014’s Halloween holiday celebration, Legendary producer/ Director Guillermo del Toro and YouTube partnered with us to provide a Haunted House set for YouTube creators to write, shoot and edit their scariest videos at the YouTube Spaces around the world. My husband Kevin (the producer of BBB) wrote a script and we were selected as one of just a few channels who were able to film their episodes on the set.

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The Haunted House was inspired by Guillermo’s 2015 movie “Crimson Peak”. It was like being on a real movie set. An amazing experience I will never forget, and one of the most fun times I’ve ever had. The house included a Great Room from an old manor house lined with walls of books, a sinister staircase and Gothic windows that led out to a haunted garden; a room filled with exotic & occult artifacts from around the world; an abandoned Solarium cluttered with over-grown plants, birdcages and weathered tools; a claustrophobic attic with foreboding art, dusty mirrors and a hidden trap door.

Gemma Stafford, Cursed Candy Apples Bigger Bolder Baking

WARNING: This video involves some very scary acting. For that I apologize. I point the finger at my husband who thought I could act. 🙂

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Halloween Cursed Candy Apples
Cursed Candy Apples
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Fear making Candy Apples no more with my easy how to make Candy Apples recipe and video including a bonus Halloween Special!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 8 Apples (I used gala)
  • 8 oz white chocolate
  • 2 Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp Red food dye
  • lollipop sticks/ branches (cleaned)
  1. Start out by washing your apples. If the apples don’t stand on the counter, just slice a little off the bottom.
  2. Place your lollipop stick in the apple at this point.
  3. Gently melt the white chocolate in the microwave or over a bain marie.

  4. Spoon the white chocolate all over the apple and allow the excess to drip off.
  5. Place them on a tray lined to parchment paper to dry, for roughly an hour. The chocolate has to be completely set before adding the ‘blood’ caramel.
To make the blood caramel:
  1.  Place the sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat on medium/ low heat until the sugar dissolves. Don’t allow to simmer until the sugar has dissolved.

  2. Once dissolved turn up to medium heat and allow to simmer for 4-5 minutes until you see a light caramel color. Turn off the caramel and whisk in the red food dye to reach your desired ‘blood’ color.
  3. Let it stand for a minute to cool a little before spooning it over the apples.
  4. Spoon the caramel over your apples generously and let it drip down the side for extra effect.
  5. Work fast with the caramel as it starts to harden quickly. If it does, don’t worry. Just heat it up again on low heat until it melts. You can repeatedly heat it until it is all gone.
  6. Let your apples cool and set, and then enjoy. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

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  1. Grace Behrensmeyer on November 1, 2018 at 7:00 am

    I hope you can answer this, can I make these the night before and store for about a day?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 1, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Hi Grace, yes they should last 24 hours at room temperature. i don’t recommend putting them in the fridge.


  2. Mizzjoker on October 30, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Love it !!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 1, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Delighted you liked it!!


  3. Joann Alfonzo on October 26, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Hello Gemme. Attempted making the red caramel for the apples. Took it to light caramel color. Shut down the heat, whisked in the red food dye and the caramel instantly re-crystallized. What did I do wrong??

    • Gemma Stafford on October 27, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Joann,

      Did you mix the caramel a lot while it was cooking? That is one big reason why it would crystalize. Check out my videos about working with caramel.

      Hope this helps,

  4. MineMarzaan on October 15, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Okay… Just made my own. Stunning!!!!
    Only thing… My Caramel became powder after I returned it to heat. So only got one apple. Guess I was not patient enough with desolving all the sugar…

    • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Hi there,
      good job you! I think your caramel crystalized. I am not sure when it happened, I think you may have taken it too far before adding the color. A touch of lemon juice, or cream of tarter can prevent caramel crystalizing too, worth knowing. I am proud of you for trying this recipe, it can be a challenge, now you have learned a lot!
      Gemma 🙂

      • MineMarzaan on October 18, 2018 at 2:17 am

        Thanks… Will most definitely try again.

  5. Arvin on October 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm


    I was wondering if I wanted to do sliced Candied apples could I make them 2 days before and store in the fridge or is it best to do it the night before? What is the best method to store it?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 26, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Hi there Arvin,
      I really do not know!
      You will have two issues I think, one is preventing the cut apples oxidizing, and two preventing the caramel from melting. Remember it will be affected by the wet surface of the cut fruit. That is what I think in any case, but I did not try it,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Afreen on October 18, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Omg I love the video ?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 19, 2016 at 12:49 am

      Ha ha! yes, this is fun! 🙂

  7. Sue iavarone on October 17, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Loved your scary video, I am going to have to make the apples they look great….

    • Gemma Stafford on October 17, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      oh gosh. My disclaimer is that it was my Husbands idea!!

      Glad you liked it 🙂

  8. zahra on August 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    This recipe is awesome. I will surely give it a try
    Your awesome

    • Gemma Stafford on August 8, 2016 at 6:20 am

      I’m delighted you like my recipes Zahra, thanks for being apart of the community

  9. Zahra on August 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I am totally going to do this recipe
    It will be good for my brother as Hi birthday is on Halloween
    BTW, your awesome

    • Gemma Stafford on August 8, 2016 at 6:21 am

      Good luck with your apples :). Can’t wait to see a picture of them.

  10. zahra on August 7, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Hi Gemma,
    i really loved this video and i am gonna try it on my mum’s birthday.
    Her birthday is on 31st October, on Halloween.
    Thank you so much 4 this recipe

    • Gemma Stafford on August 8, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Zahra,
      That is great, I do hope she will love it,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. Rachaelcurtin on July 8, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    would it still look and taste good if i used dark chocolate?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 9, 2016 at 2:57 am

      Hi Rachael,
      Yes it will, it should be very good,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Andy on June 23, 2016 at 6:05 am

    I soo want to make this for Halloween!
    But it isn’t really cursed, right?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 23, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Nope 🙂

  13. Brenda Blankenship on October 10, 2015 at 6:57 pm


    • Gemma Stafford on October 28, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      You’re going to love this recipe 🙂

  14. Brenda Blankenship on October 10, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    love recipes.

  15. Emily on October 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    omigod, Gemma, I love this video!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Delighted to hear that, Emily. Thanks so much for visiting my website 🙂

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