The chilly nights are well and truly here! And whether you love it or hate it, Bonfire Night will soon be here too. Not only have supermarkets been fully stocked up over the past few weeks on plastic decorations, cheap polyester costumes and plastic-wrapped sweets for Halloween, it’s now the turn of everyone’s childhood favourite: the humble toffee apple.
At this time of year apples are very much in season and are easy to find, cheap and delicious. They are also great at fighting off colds too! Ditch the plastic and make your own – it’s fun, super simple, and you only need 4 ingredients!
200g Fair Trade golden granulated sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
3 tbsp water
*Decorations – optional
The possibilities are endless, but my favourites include chopped nuts (any sort), desiccated coconut, chocolate drops and cinnamon (you can find these and the sugar in our shop)
Start by prepping the apples…
If you’ve bought apples from a supermarket, you will need to remove the wax from the skin so the toffee will stick. Put your apples in a bowl, cover with boiling water and let sit for 1 minute. Carefully tip the water away, dry off your apples and put aside.
*If using toppings, make sure these are prepared before moving on to the next step.
Time for the toffee!
To a medium-sized saucepan, add 200g of Fair Trade golden granulated sugar, 1 tbsp of golden syrup and 3 tbsps of water. Swirl the water around but do not stir. Heat on low until all the sugar has dissolved, then turn up the heat and boil the mixture. When it turns an amber colour, remove from the heat. Place the apples one at a time into the mixture and coat, carefully tipping the pan and pushing with a fork to make sure the apples are fully coated. Finally, stab with the fork and you have your very own homemade toffee apple!
If toffee apples aren’t sweet enough already and you really want to push the boat out, add some toppings! Just sprinkle over your apples before the toffee sets and set aside to cool on a tray.
Need something smaller for the little ones to snack on? Use slices of apple instead or use an ice cream scoop/melon baller to make smaller chunks.
Not a fan of toffee? Melt chocolate drops in a glass bowl over a pan of water. Bring the temperature of the water up and wait for the chocolate to melt before generously coating your apples.