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Cinnamon Candy Apples - These vintage-inspired cinnamon candy apples are the perfect Fall treat! #retrorecipe

1960’s Cinnamon Candy Apples

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Author: Michelle Ferrand
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Makes: 6 Cinnamon Candy Apples


  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 6 small to medium apples
  • 6 lollipop sticks or other sticks
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 2 drops maroon food coloring
  • 10-12 drops cinnamon oil
  • Optional: gold leaf sparkles, etc.


  • To remove the was from the apples, bring a medium pot of water and vinegar to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low, and one at a time place an apple in the hot water for 5 seconds. Remove the apple and rub dry with a clean dishtowel. Repeat with remaining apples.
  • Line a baking sheet or platter with parchment paper and librally spray with nonstick spray.
  • To make the candy coating, stir together the sugar, water, corn syrup and food coloring into a medium pot.
  • Without stirring, bring the sugar mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches 300 degrees (hard-crack stage)on a candy thermometer.
  • While the sugar mixture cooks, remove the stems from the apples and insert a stick into the center.
  • Remove from heat and quickly stir in the cinnamon oil.
  • Dip an apple into the candy coating, slowly turning the apple to coat all the sides, and place on the parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
  • Add any decorations (gold leaf or sparkles) to apples while the candy is warm.
  • Once candy has cooled, cut apples into slices before eating...you definitely cannot take a bite from one!
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-Recipe Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies Cookbook.