My latest National Candy Month recipe, for caramel apple lollipops, creates a candy version of a classic state fair confection.
As a kid, I remember making an annual family visit to the York Fair in my hometown of York, PA.
One of the best things about the York Fair–or any fair, really–is the food. Funnel cakes, fried Oreo cookies, corn dogs, steak sandwiches, french fries, cotton candy…the fair offers a seemingly endless variety of junk food indulgences.
One of my favorite fair foods is a classic caramel-dipped apple. (They’re easier to eat than a traditional red candy apple, and they taste better, too…) Even today, I’ll stop for a caramel apple if I see a vendor selling them at a street fair in NYC. For this recipe, I created a lollipop with flavors directly inspired by this classic county fair treat.
My caramel apple lollipops start with a basic lollipop recipe. Then, add green food coloring and a tart green apple flavor oil, and finish with a dip in gooey melted caramel!
Tips for Making Caramel Apple Lollipops
These lollipops only look complicated–they’re actually quite easy to make! The only special “equipment” you’ll need are a silicone lollipop mold (I use this mold, by Crystallove) and a small package of lollipop sticks. Lollipop sticks are easily findable. You can get them at a craft supply store like Michael’s. They are also available to order online.
Caramel apple lollipops will last for several weeks. To store, wrap lollipops individually to avoid having the pops stick together. (Cello bags work best for these. Do not use wax paper or it will stick to the caramel!) These will also ship well and are ideal for gifting.
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National Candy Month #4: Caramel Apple Lollipops
Bright green apple-flavored lollipops, dipped in gooey caramel. These taste just like the caramel apples you might find at a county fair, but last a whole lot longer!
Unwrap caramels. Place in a small, microwave-safe bowl and set aside.
Prepare lollipop mold by spritzing lightly with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray. Add lollipop sticks. Set mold aside.
Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
Using a candy thermometer, boil mixture until it reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat.
Stir in apple flavor oil and green food coloring.
Spoon sugar mixture into lollipop molds and allow candy to cool completely. Lollipops will set and harden as they cool. (This will happen quickly, about fifteen minutes).
When lollipops have set, pop them from the mold onto a silicone baking mat.
Microwave caramels, stirring every 15-20 seconds, until caramel has completely melted.
One by one, dip lollipops into melted caramel, coating the top portion of the lollipop only. Return coated lollipop to silicone mat and allow to cool.
Individually wrap lollipops in cello bags. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six weeks.
The only special "equipment" you'll need are a silicone lollipop mold (I use this mold, by Crystallove) and a small package of lollipop sticks. Lollipop sticks are easily findable at a craft supply store like Michael's, or are available to order online.
Caramel apple lollipops will last for several weeks. To store, wrap lollipops individually to avoid having the pops stick together. (Cello bags work best for these; do not use wax paper or it will stick to the caramel!) These will also ship well and are ideal for gifting.