Bonfire Night Toffee Apples

Use crisp, well-flavoured eating apples, such as Orange Pippins; these are the perfect Guy Fawkes Night treat!



  • 350 grams soft brown sugar
  • 225 grams golden syrup
  • 15 mls fresh, strained lemon juice
  • 60 mls water
  • 30 grams butter
  • 8 small to medium eating apples
  • 8 sticks



  1. Wash and dry the apples. Put the sugar, syrup, lemon juice and water into a heavy-based saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Raise the heat and boil the syrup rapidly to the hard-crack stage, 154°C (310°F). Take the pan off the heat and immediately stir in the butter.
  2. Working quickly while the toffee is very runny and before it begins to cool and thicken, impale an apple on a stick and dip it into the molten toffee. Let the excess drip back into the pan before setting the apple, stick upwards, on a non-stick heat-proof surface. Dip the remaining apples and leave them until quite cold.
  3. Pour leftover toffee into a tin. Break up and eat as sweets.
  4. Toffee apples are best eaten on the day they are made because juice inevitably seeps out around the stick and starts to dissolve the toffee.

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