Day 304: Hallowe’en Toffee Apples

Happy Hallowe’en!

It’s that time of year to celebrate all things ghoulish; where kids don their spookiest supermarket outfits and terrorise the neighbours begging for carrier bags full of sweets. I’m entering into the spirit of things and am preparing for scary little visitors with my treat size chocolates but I’m also going for the nostalgia angle with homemade toffee apples for the kids (and also sneaking some fruit into the unsuspecting sugar fiends amongst their haul of sweetie loot!)

I’ve never attempted toffee before so I’m following the advice of the very experienced Mr Lyle and his tried and tested recipe.


  • 8 eating apples
  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 120ml water
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 50g butter

Rinse the apples in boiling water and pat dry to remove the wax coating. Twist off the stalk and insert a wooden skewer or lolly stick.

Gently heat the sugar and water, stirring continuously over a low heat for 5 minutes or until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Add the butter and golden syrup and bring to the boil. Leave to bubble away without stirring for 15-18 minutes. Drop a teaspoonful into a glass of water and if it sets hard immediately, it’s ready.

Take the toffee off the heat and tipping the pan, roll the apples until completely coated in the mixture. Leave to set upside down on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.

Leave to set before letting the little darlings rot their teeth on them. 

Trick, or treat?

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