Toffee Apples

Makes 16 toffee apples


16 wooden sticks
16 medium sized red apples, washed and dried
4 x 250 ml Huletts White Sugar
250 ml water
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons red liquid food colouring



  1. Push a stick into each apple.
  2. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Heat the sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat. Simmer, stirring continuously, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Stop stirring and increase heat until syrup boils.
  4. Using a wet pastry brush, brush away any sugar crystals that have stuck to the sides of the saucepan above the syrup level.
  5. Stir in the cream of tartar and food colouring. Reduce heat to low.
  6. Simmer the toffee for 20 minutes or until it reaches hard, cracking stage. (To check if it has reached this stage, add 1 teaspoon of toffee to a glass of ice-cold water. Remove solidified toffee from the cold water and bend it. The toffee should crack easily and not bend or feel sticky.) Once toffee is at this stage remove from heat immediately.
  7. Wait until toffee stops bubbling then dip one apple into the toffee. Tip the pan at an angle to coat it completely, especially around the base of the stick.
  8. Place coated toffee apple onto the prepared baking tray.
  9. Repeat with remaining apples and leave to set at room temperature.

Hint: When cold, wrap each toffee apple in cellophane and tie with a bow.

Estimated costing, mark-up & suggested selling price

Ingredients:R 49.11
Electricity / refrigeration:R 3.00
Packaging:R 4.00*
Total expenses:R 56.11
Recommended profit:R 31.89
Total:R 88.00
Recommended selling price per toffee apple:
(R88.00 divided by 16 toffee apples)
R 5.50
*Should you use cellophane or bows for packaging, remember to include this in your cost