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This recipe is classed as intermediate

Rating 3.41 / 5 (521 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
20 min

Roopa Gulati's traditional toffee apple recipe will bring back childhood memories.

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1. Dissolve the sugar in the water over a moderate heat. When it has dissolved, stir in the vinegar, syrup and butter. Bring to a boil and cook without stirring until it reaches hard-crack stage (138C) or hardens into a ball when dropped in a jug of cold water. This should take around 10 minutes boiling time.

2. While the syrup is cooking, pierce each apple with a wooden stick. Once the toffee is ready, dip each apple into the hot toffee, turning it around in the syrup so that each one is fully coated.

3. Leave to harden on a lightly oiled tray before serving. If you're planning to keep them for a day or two, wrap the apples in cellophane.

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sorry, misread that - the tip was for ClaireH

HelenJ75603 HelenJ75603  Posted 31 Oct 2011 4:39 PM

Hi RickB,
I've not tried these myself yet (planning on doing some tonight!) but I read in another recipe that you need to get the wax off the apples first or the toffee won't stick. The other recipe recommended leaving them in a bowl of warm water or scrubbing under the tap. Might be worth giving that a go!

HelenJ75603 HelenJ75603  Posted 31 Oct 2011 4:38 PM

Hi. Great easy first timers toffee apple receipe this one. Easy to follow and works first time with no practice (even for a dad like me!). I used caster sugar as didnt have the other kind.Just make sure to keep dripping some of the mix in a bowl of cold water to see when its ready. You'll know as it really does get hard. If its not hard then its not ready. If you still struggling to keep the toffee on the apple spin the toffee apple around in the bowl of cold water to help it set quicker.
Thanks for this one, will keep the kiddies happy tomorrow night

RickB62885 RickB62885  Posted 30 Oct 2011 9:42 PM

Hi there
I tried this recipe with Cox's apples but could not get the toffee to stay on the apples (blanched the apples too, tried putting the toffee on hot and then slightly cooled but no joy) - am I missing something?
Many thanks.

ClaireH77388 ClaireH77388 Posted 29 Oct 2011 7:43 PM

umm yummy!

JamesG25556 JamesG25556 Posted 12 Oct 2011 8:57 PM

Just made these for 'Halloween' tommorrow (yes I know it's August, but we are running through the holiday year in a week to keep Summer Holiday boredom at bay), anyway, the toffee apples have turned out great. I have got a sugar thermometer somewhere at the back of the cupboard so I used the jug and cold water method to gauge the heat, the added bonus of this is that I get to eat the toffee as it goes through the soft caramel to firm caramel stages (and it is really, really tasty). By far the best toffee apple recipe that I have come across.

TinaB97721 TinaB97721 Posted 13 Aug 2011 9:07 PM

Just finished a batch ready for my sons school faye, they look and smell great, also chucked a few bananas around in the left over mixture for my pleasure! Great, simple recipe only problem for me was that I quadrupled the quanities and did have a large enough pan to bring to the pan as was not expecting the mixture to bubble up quite so much. Got there in the end though. Had the benefit of a temp prob would have been lost without it! Yum yum....!

HelenJ58153 HelenJ58153 Posted 08 Jul 2011 10:26 PM

These were the best toffee apples I've ever had! Thanks Roopa

Celia Good Food Celia Good Food Posted 08 Nov 2010 9:26 AM

I made a bit of a boo boo with this recipe as I left the toffee on the stove once it had reach the hard crack stage which caused the toffee to burn.
I got three apples made that were perfect.good tips are to wash the apples a couple of times to remove any wax which prevents the toffee sticking and to take the pan off the heat you can always put back if it starts to thicken too much but
thus prevents the toffee burning.
I also used decrative forks for handles which worked and looked great.

Lemonchello Lemonchello Posted 07 Nov 2010 11:21 AM

well if you soak them in lemon then wash them of then they won't go brown and soggy

CathyN69250 CathyN69250 Posted 04 Nov 2010 5:28 PM

These toffie apples are the best me and my kids loved them I strongly recomend them

CathyN69250 CathyN69250 Posted 04 Nov 2010 5:27 PM

i want to cut the apples into peices then wrap them up after so i can send them to school for the children but will the apple keep or will it go brown like when u leave a cut apple ???

emmaL60671 emmaL60671 Posted 01 Nov 2010 5:25 PM

can anyone tell what type of vinegar to use please?! I have used malt but it has quite a strong smell is this right?..

Ruth Primmer Ruth Primmer Posted 23 Sep 2010 8:17 PM

Have made these for the first time today and they have turned out excellent!! My Girl Guides are going to love them!!!

RachelW89955 RachelW89955 Posted 11 Jul 2010 3:36 PM

havent tried the recipe yet - but a tip for cleaning off toffee from your pan is boiling water - melt/dissolve the sugar again and it will come off - had the same problem when making honeycomb and that sets HARD.

carolineB27763 carolineB27763 Posted 06 May 2010 2:50 PM

wish I had read these comments before - it just burnt and set off the fire alarm! It was only boiling for 5 mins... think my saucepan is ruined too! Now too late in the day to make some more... maybe tomorrow!

FionaB84005 FionaB84005 Posted 15 Dec 2009 8:32 PM

well....is i couldnt seem to get it thick enough at first - so we ended up using half a kilo of sugar and alot of syrup - they went down a storm!!! fab for parties and super times! awesome!

DaleP57823 DaleP57823 Posted 05 Nov 2009 9:49 PM

Just made these - 2nd time lucky...
Managed to burn the toffee 1st time - anybody know how I can rescue my pan???? 2nd time, managed to catch the toffee at the right time and now the apples are 'resting' till later tonight. Hope they come off the greaseproof paper ok! They look good at the moment though. Only 4 stars coz I don't know how to get my pans clean ;-)

Sharpie137 Sharpie137 Posted 05 Nov 2009 3:05 PM

been boiling toffee mix for about an hour still not done!!!!!!
what have i done wrong???

saraB68644 saraB68644 Posted 05 Nov 2009 11:45 AM

Just made these and they are FAB! only thing i would say is boil the mixture for longer (took me about 20 mins) you can tell when its ready - its crunchy when dropped into the cold water - just like real toffee!!!! I'm so happy!

bramleypalmers bramleypalmers Posted 31 Oct 2009 11:56 AM

they came out right i think!!!!!!!!!!

annaH39642 annaH39642 Posted 30 Oct 2009 8:30 PM

iam sooooo nervous i dont think it is right!!!!!!!

annaH39642 annaH39642 Posted 30 Oct 2009 8:16 PM

i didnt know whether my toffee was burning or under done, it was frothing but wasnt hardening into a ball when it was dropped in a jug of cold water so i figured better under done than burnt they are in the fride now ill let you know how they turn out! Also i took the idea about dipping them into cold water, this helped worked wonders as i tried it without and the toffee ran everywhere lol

jadeF2988 jadeF2988 Posted 28 Oct 2009 3:53 PM

it is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ever lol

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 30 Jun 2009 4:14 AM

To make the toffee stick, put the apples in the fridge for a couple of hours. Works wonders!

HilkaB86245 HilkaB86245 Posted 29 Oct 2008 10:25 PM

Just realised why my toffee doesn't stick to the apples - I used Anchor spreadable butter (all we had except Lurpak lighter spreadable) and Anchor contains 33% vegetable oil. I will retry with 'proper butter'.

AlanP12748 AlanP12748 Posted 28 Oct 2008 6:02 PM

Toffee tastes great but I couldn't get the toffee to stick to the apples. It was as if the apple skin was waxed but we washed and dried them before dipping them. I tried both braeburn and cox's with same results.

AlanP12748 AlanP12748 Posted 28 Oct 2008 3:05 PM

can you make it without vinegar?whats the purpose of thevinegar?can you taste the vinegar? thanks because i want to make these!

across across Posted 27 Oct 2008 12:06 PM

Hi I made these today. Very easy and taste delicious.

Samarie20 Samarie20 Posted 05 Nov 2007 12:33 PM