Halloween is right around the corner, and y’all didn’t think I was gonna leave you hanging with no Halloween recipes, right?!  I have the coolest Halloween treat for you guys, that is perfectly sweet & spooky, and I’m sure any of your Halloween party guests will be totally stunned by these beauties.  Candy Apples were always one of my favorite fall treats, and I remember getting so excited to break through that crisp, red candy shell & devour that delicious apple.  But of course, you guys know I couldn’t just make a traditional candy apple here, I had to put my own spin on it.  SO you guys are getting these super spooky Poisoned Candy Apples, inspired by Snow White & all things creepy / Halloween-y.

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I know that candy apples aren’t necessarily the healthiest thing, since they’re traditionally made with corn syrup- but hey at least corn syrup is vegan & this is a treat, it’s not something you eat every day!  I also know a lot of food dyes are hard to find vegan, so I’m making this super easy for you by using activated charcoal to give that black color instead of a traditional black food dye.  Of course you can use a black food dye if you can find a vegan one, but the activated charcoal works great!


To make these guys, you’re going to want to start out with your candy mixture.  Add your light corn syrup, organic cane sugar, and water to a pot over medium heat with a candy thermometer.  Whisk it together until all of the sugar is dissolved.  Once everything is dissolved, keep it over a medium heat, and just leave it alone.  Don’t touch it, stir it, whisk it, anything… just leave it be until it reaches a “hard crack”, which is about 310F.  Your candy thermometer should have a section labeled “hard crack” so just watch out for that!  Once it has reached the hard crack stage, you can remove the thermometer, turn off the heat, and add in your activated charcoal powder & apple flavoring (this is optional, but I think it adds a bit of flavor to the candy portion, you can also add a raspberry, lemon, really whatever flavor you like- or totally leave it out!  Just make sure to check if the one you’re using is vegan!) and stir with a spoon just until combined.

While your candy is heating up to it’s hard crack stage, go ahead and thoroughly wash / dry your apples.  Once they’re dry, take your wooden candy sticks (lollipop sticks) and stick them through the top of the apple where the stem is, about halfway into the apple.  Make sure they’re really in there and sturdy, so that the apple doesn’t fall off of the stick!

Once your candy mixture is good to go, you can go ahead & dip your apples one at a time into the candy mix.  Swirl them around, and try to get the candy as far up the apple as possible- although I like to leave a little bit of green at the top.  You can also add decorative sugar, chopped nuts, cacao nibs, etc to the outside of the apples if you’d like as well, simply by immediately dipping the apple into the topping right after dipping it into the candy mixture.  Once dipped, transfer these carefully to a parchment paper lined baking tray.  Allow the apples to sit for about 15-20 minutes until fully hardened, and then devour them!


I really had such a fun time creating this recipe for you guys, & I truly hope you enjoy it!  Hopefully this makes all of your spooky Halloween party dreams come to life!  You can also easily make these into Caramel Dipped Apples as well, by using my caramel recipe found here, and following the same steps as shown here!  I hope you all have a spooky & safe Halloween!

Poisoned Candy Apples

These vegan poisoned candy apples are the perfect sweet & spooky treat for halloween. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author Chef Brianna Gallo


  • 12 granny smith apples
  • 12 wooden candy sticks *lollipop sticks
  • 3 cups organic cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup *you may be able to substitute maple syrup
  • 8-10 activated charcoal capsules, emptied
  • 1 tbsp apple flavoring *optional


  1. Add your organic cane sugar, water, & corn syrup to a pot with a candy thermometer over medium heat.  Whisk until the sugar is dissolved. 

  2. Once your sugar is fully dissolved, let the sugar mixture sit until it's heated up to a "hard crack" (roughly 310F), your thermometer should have a "hard crack" label at the right temperature.  It's very important to NOT stir, whisk, or bother the candy mixture at all while its heating up to a hard crack.  Keep it over medium heat and just let it do it's thing until its heated to the hard crack stage.  

  3. While your candy is heating up, thoroughly wash & dry your apples.  Place your lollipop sticks about half way deep into the apple, making sure they're very sturdy and that the apples won't fall off the sticks.  Also you'll want to line a baking tray with parchment paper at this point.  

  4. Once your candy has reached its "hard crack" stage, remove it from the heat & remove your thermometer.  Add in your activated charcoal powder & apple flavoring, and lightly stir with a spoon until its just combined.  

  5. Take an apple and swirl it through the candy mixture, making sure you coat the apples as high up as possible before touching the lollipop stick.  I like to leave a bit of green on the top, but thats just a preference and mainly for aesthetics.  You can also add decorative sugar, nuts, cacao nibs, etc. as a topping if you'd like- and that would be done by dipping the candy apple directly into the topping after dipping it in the candy mix, to make sure things stick before the candy hardens (which happens very quickly).  Once you've coated your apples in the candy mix, place them onto your parchment paper lined baking tray.  

  6. Allow the apples to sit for 15-20 minutes to make sure they've fully hardened, and then enjoy!  

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