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Toffee Apples Recipe

Toffee Apples Recipe

Toffee Apples

This easy recipe shows you how to make some tasty toffee apples and some honeycomb, or seafoam candy, with any leftovers.

In the British Isles toffee apples, or candy apples, are a common treat for the kids during the Autumn after the apples have been harvested.

You will often find them at country fairs, shows, Halloween parties and bonfire night, as kids love them. 

sugar melting for toffee apples

Sugar mix melting


Which Apples to use for Toffee Apples?

Obviously, you need to use a tasty eating apple, but I personally think the sweet ones are better.

Here I used some Royal Gala as they have a nice red colour, and look good after you have coated them. This means you do not need to add any food colouring to the sugar.

But you could also use Golden Delicious or Pink Lady apples if you prefer.


toffee apples

Toffee apples


Really, just use what you can easily get locally. If you do choose something a bit more tart then the candy coating will sweeten the taste anyway.

Toffee coating – warning!

You will find that the coating on these toffee apples is very brittle like glass! It is very hard and will certainly pose a challenge to your teeth to get through it.

And apples need good teeth to bite into, as you will know if you have ever played apple bobbing!


candy apples


But then that has always been part of the fun of eating toffee apples (as long as you do not end up cutting yourself)! This toffee is very hard and brittle and it is easier to eat if the covering is not too thick.

But certainly, test the result first, before you give them to your kids! I do not hold any responsibility for any broken teeth or other damage caused by making or eating these toffee apples!! You have been warned! 😃

toffee apples cooling


You have to be very careful whilst making these toffee apples as the boiling sugar reaches high temperatures and can cause nasty burns if you touch it by mistake.

So please be careful with your pan, especially when you are dipping the apples. Best NOT to let the kids do that themselves!


The great byproduct of this recipe is that you can make honeycomb candy, or seafoam candy, with any coating mixture you may have leftover.

Just add a teaspoon of baking soda and heat until it starts to foam, then immediately pour it out onto some baking parchment. Do not wait too long or it will burn. 


honeycomb on baking parchment


So this is a honeycomb candy recipe as well. If you like Crunchie’s, as I do, then this is how you make the middle part.


honeycomb candy

Honeycomb candy


We found that you need to eat this quite quickly as it starts to ‘melt’ after a day or so, even if kept in an airtight container, but it is ideal for Halloween. Make sure those kids go home with sticky hands and some teeth-rotting candy!

I hope you get to try this recipe for toffee apples and honeycomb. If you do, please let me know how it went in the comments section below! 

How to make Honeycomb Candy

toffee apple recipe

Toffee Apples

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

This easy toffee apples recipe will give you enough toffee coating to coat 6-8 apples, and still have some left over to make some honeycomb candy.


  • 6-8 Sweet Apples (I used Royal Gala)
  • 400g granulated sugar
  • 100ml water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • Lolly sticks

Optional for honeycomb

  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Clean the apples and dry them. Then remove the stalk and stick a lolly stick into the apples in the place where the stalk was.
  2. Place the sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, and then add the lemon juice and golden syrup.
  3. Then heat and stir until the mixture reaches the hard crack stage. You can test this by dropping a bit of the very hot liquid into a cup of cold water. When the toffee goes hard and brittle in the water, it is ready to use. If it is still soft and malleable, then keep heating.
  4. Then remove from the heat and dip the apples one by one into the hot liquid, covering as much as possible. Do not cover too thickly or you may not be able to bite through the layer! Place the apples on a baking sheet to cool down.

Honeycomb with any leftovers

  1. If you have any toffee left over, add a teaspoon of baking soda and heat briefly to make some honeycomb candy.
  2. Pour this onto a baking sheet to cool. Then break up and eat a.s.a.p.!


The toffee may show some bubbles after dipping - do not worry, this is normal.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 4gSugar: 73gProtein: 0g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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