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"Poison" Candy Apples

Frankie Celenza

Combine your trick and your treat this Halloween with an activated charcoal candy-coated "poison" apple.

Poison Apples

serving time6 to 8


  • Nonstick spray

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1/2 cup corn syrup

  • 2 tablespoons edible activated charcoal

  • Black food coloring

  • 6 to 8 apples

  • Sprinkles, for decorating (optional)


  1. Prepare a sheet tray with parchment paper and coat with nonstick spray.

  2. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add water, sugar, corn syrup, charcoal and food coloring (if needed). Bring to a boil and simmer until sugar reaches hard-crack stage, 300 degrees.

  3. Insert a popsicle stick into each apple. When sugar is done, quickly dip each apple to coat. Decorate with sprinkles (optional), and place on prepared sheet tray to set.

Poison Apples




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- What if you could combine your trick and your treat into one thing this Halloween? Well here it is, ladies and gentlemen: The poison candied apple. Rock hard. So it seems like a trick, but it's a treat. It's a candied apple. And man, do they look impressive. Let me show you how to do it. We are gonna get a wonderful mirror black-like shine on these apples, and it's gonna totally blow your friends away this Halloween. So the first thing we need is a whole bunch of sugar. Like really a lot. And water. Corn syrup. And this right here is activated charcoal powder. Now if you have trouble finding this in full powder form, you might find them in sort of like designer ... A vitamin, pill capsule form, which I'll admit is the only one that we could find. And you're gonna have to take them apart one by one and that's what you're gonna have to do. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Just a light mixture to homogenize this, but not too much. 300 degrees is what we're looking for, folks. Whatever your stick of choice is, make sure that you really jam it in there because this stuff is hot and you want to make sure that this is on well. I have plastic twigs. Okay. Look test 'em, make sure they're ... Okay so those are ready to rock. This is a sheet of parchment with nonstick spray. Very important, otherwise your candy apple is gonna stick to the table. I mean, unless that's where you plan on having their final resting place be, I wouldn't recommend doing it that way. Alright, we're at 160 here. Give it a lil shake-a-dake. The charcoal powder is almost like jet black gloss mirror, incredible finish. I wanna like pour this on an exotic sports car, and just watch the ultimate black waxed shine develop, and then have the owner hit me over the head with a large club for ruining his vehicle, or her vehicle. You know trick or treat literally means do not stir, do not touch, be patient. We are at the moment, ugh. Work swiftly, tilt, insert, spin, drain. Look at that: sexy, devious, sophisticated. One. Insert, twist, drain. Sexy, devious and sophisticated. Guys this is really, really cool. Very mirror like, look at that! Dark like the night. And that's it, they look gorgeous. Now let these cool. Look at that. It's been about two minutes. Rock hard. These look like an incredible lacquer, but it's edible, which is totally crazy. I mean, I can see myself in here. I can see all of my teeth, which when you're eating them might be at risk. So I would suggest cutting into it with a knife, maybe hitting it and cracking this so that it's easier to bite through. But all in all, poison apples ... Super pretty, really nice, and edible. Happy Halloween!