Forget buying these in the shops – homemade toffee apples are easy to make treats that everyone will enjoy and are perfect for bonfire night! The addition of the golden syrup makes them taste extra delicious too…


  • 6-8 apples
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup


  1. Place the apples in a large bowl, and cover them with boiling water to remove the waxy coating (this might have to be done in two batches).
  2. Dry the apples and get rid of any stalks.
  3. Push a lolly stick or twig into the end of each apple.
  4. Place the apples on a sheet of baking parchment.
  5. Pour the sugar into a pan with 100ml of water over a medium heat.
  6. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  7. Stir in the vinegar and syrup and put a sugar thermometer in the pan.
  8. Boil the mixture to 140C.
  9. You can test the toffee by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water – it should harden instantly and be easy to break. If it’s still soft, continue to boil it.
  10. Quickly dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered.
  11. Let any excess toffee drip away, then place on the baking parchment to harden.
  12. If the toffee starts to harden too much then reheat until softer.
  13. Leave the toffee to cool a little before enjoying!

Serving suggestion: once the apples have been coated in the toffee (still hot) dip into chopped nuts or chocolate before cooling – a delicious alternative!