halloween poison apples


Happy Halloween!

These spooky treats will send chills down everyone’s spine. Imagine these on the table of your festive feast. These fresh candied apples with a cinnamon twist are super simple to create and instantly become part of the Halloween decor for any gathering.


I was so sad that I missed apple picking in New York this year. That is one downside to living in the south, northern traditions like apple picking and cider mills are nonexistent. Growing up we always went to Beak and Skiff apple orchards. After climbing trees all day, we would bring our bags of apples home for some good old fashioned apple pie making. While we would bake one or two that night, the others were frozen for holiday use.


My thoughtful mom knew how sad I was about missing out this year, so she surprised me by sending a package of fresh apples from Beak and Skiff! The package smelled so sweet and boasted four varieties, including honey crisp (my favorite) and cortland apples.

I could not resist showing these babies off and celebrating apple season with this festive “Halloween Poison Apple” recipe.

Don’t you worry, an apple pie recipe is coming next.



  • 3 red apples
  • 1.5 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 c. light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon-flavored oil
  • red food coloring
  • blue food coloring
  • yellow food coloring
  • 3 wooden kabob skewers
  • 3 sticks/branches (from the yard)


  1. Remove stems and skewer apples with kabob stick.
  2. In a saucepan over high heat, with a candy thermometer attached, heat sugar, water, and light corn syrup, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  3. Bring to a boil until mixture reaches 300 degrees F. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon-flavored oil,  20 drops of red coloring, 20 drops of blue coloring and 20 drops of yellow. Continue to add more in equal parts to get a desired color.
  4. One at a time: Dip apples in candied sauce and twirl using the skewer to help coat evenly.
  5. Then transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Let cool, about 10 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove the wooden skewer and replace with stick from yard.

Happy Halloween!