Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Jolly Rancher Poisoned Candy Apples

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jolly Rancher Poisoned Candy Apples

I find it funny that most of my friends on Facebook are constantly tagging me in their fun Halloween finds. All year long people are sending me suggestions for our annual Halloween party. My daughter recently found this Jolly Rancher hard candy recipe that she was dying for me to make. Some of you probably saw it floating around on your own Facebook walls at some point.


Reading through the comments, it didn't seem quite as simple as the title suggests. The candies would go back to a rock hard solid after cooling, which would make it difficult to bite through. Off to Google I went to find an alternative recipe that would make my daughter happy, while keeping her teeth in tact. It took me some time to hunt down a basic outline of how to make these because I had to sift through many suggestions of how to use melted Jolly Ranchers with marijuana. Yep, you learn something new every day. Thanks Google.

After a bit of reading, and some trial and error, I found a suitable recipe for these Poison Candy Apples made with melted Jolly Rancher Candy.

Jolly Rancher Candy Apples

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Unwrap 20 Jolly Ranchers candies, sticking with the same flavor for each. I used cherry on the red and green apple on the green. Place in an oven safe pan with 1/3 cup of corn syrup. Place pan in oven so candy can start to melt. After about 3 minutes, stir candy and return to oven for another 2 minutes, or until they are completely melted.

The above recipe called for edible glitter, which I couldn't find in my area. I did have some edible luster dust, which I immediately added to the melted mixture.

Jolly Rancher Candy Apples
You can see the shiny sparkles from the luster dust here.

Insert 6 inch lollipop sticks into apples and either dip apples into mixture, or using a spoon, pour melted candy over apples.

Place apples on waxed paper and allow to cool.

*With the use of corn syrup, the Jolly Ranchers do not return to their completely hardened state. They now have a chewy gummy bear consistency.

*Yes, I took a healthy treat and *gasp* made it unhealthy with the use of candy. Sue me. It's Halloween time and is a treat, and should be eaten as such. Not every day.

The end result was just what my daughter was hoping it would be. A little messy to eat, but so delicious! A fun treat to serve up to your Halloween party guests!


 What is your favorite Halloween treat?

55 comments:

  1. These look fun. I imagine that somehow eating one would make my insides glow in the dark. Very cool.

    Marijuana and jolly ranchers?? WHY? I mean, why waste good...candy? Stupid potheads.

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    1. THC infused candy because chemo makes you throw up and no one likes medicine that tastes like medicine, most people that use candies are not pot heads it gives a very different high than smoking it and has more benefits. Ok rant over. Was looking for a feasible recipe for the candy apples because I knew you couldn't actually eat them w just the melted candy. Thank you

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    2. That's very interesting Hippy Chic! I didn't think about how it would be beneficial to the chemo patients. My dad was a pot head, so he just smoked the marijuana to ease those chemo symptoms for his cancer. I am sure if I ever need it myself, I'll go with the THC infused candy since I don't smoke :)

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  2. Oh I love the added glitter!! So pretty!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  3. These look super duper cool!!! I want a batch of them :)

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  4. LOVE! What a fun idea. We just got invited to a Halloween party on Saturday night, so I might bring these :)

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  5. I do love me a bit of sparkle on anything and everything :)
    Those apples do look gorgeous!
    I've used melted hard candies to make glassy roses for decorating cakes a few times, but you have to form the leaves and petals while it's still relatively warm and you have to be quick.

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    1. I made cupcake toppers out of hard candies, and you are right. They are quite difficult to work with since they cool and harden very quickly! A lot of people use them for making stained glass windows on gingerbread houses. That may be the easiest way to decorate with them since they don't really need shaped that way.

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    2. ah, yes, you can also use them in biscuits and cookies: you cut a shape into the cookie, poor the melted candy and bake everything together and the cookie will have a seethrough heart or some other shape

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    3. I love that idea. I may have to steal it for some Valentine cookies this year ♥

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  6. A little unhealthy is okay, wouldn't expect anything less from the Halloween Nazi lol

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    1. Of course! Can't have a good Halloween without a little unhealthy thrown in there ;)

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  7. Pretty sure my crazy long comment was lost because I wasn't signed in, which is probably just as good because in short I can just say I think these are really cool!!

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    1. Pft. Stupid blogger. I just wrote a comment to Dezzy up there and got signed out too. Grrr!

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  8. These are awesome. I love the sparkle on it and I would have never thought of using jolly ranchers

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  9. Ah these look so cool! I bet they're fun to make!

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  10. Those are so pretty! I love the sparkles, especially!

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  11. YUMMMM!! I love candy apples but add jolly ranchers now your talking!

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  12. Those are so amazingly good looking! blown away that you used jolly ranchers!

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  13. These are so cool. I would never think to use Jolly Ranchers to make these. They are perfect for Halloween.

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  14. I love caramel apples but this looks like a fun twist on those. It's ok to have a non-healthy treat sometimes!

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  15. That is such a cool idea! We had caramel apples this weekend, but these are gorgeous.

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  16. I love the effect that the luster dust added! These look so neat for Halloween.

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  17. I am loving that I am seeing all these cute ideas that are not scary. I was so afraid I would not find fun things to do with my youngest. He is going to love these.

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  18. How cool are those. This is such a fantastic idea - we must give it a try.

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  19. That's a nice twist to the usual caramel dipped apples that we are use to. I need to get some Jolly Ranchers to try this fun candy apple idea.

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  20. I can't see myself making these (I do live alone)-but they sound yummy. As long as you only eat them at Halloween!!

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  21. These look SO neat and yummy!! I love the added sparkle! I haven't had a candied apple in ages. What a great idea.

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  22. Those candied apples look so good. I love the rich colors with the edible glitter.

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  23. Those are the coolest thing ever! I never heard of edible glitter but I love that awesome sparkle!

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  24. Who would have thought that you could use Jolly Ranchers for candy apples. This is such a cool recipe.

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  25. The name is great for Halloween. Maybe not for the rest of the year though :-)

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  26. Those do look yummy! I like a mix of candy corn, peanuts, almonds, and peanut butter m&ms.

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  27. I'm not a fan of candy corn so this looks like a good alternative. I love the "poison" shine to it

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  28. Sparkly apples... I like that! You were joking about the poison, right? :)

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  29. What a brilliant recipe. Love the shimmer!!!

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  30. I love these! They are so pretty! And thanks for doing the research so we don't break our teeth!!

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  31. I love this cute idea! Something original and creative that I haven't seen before. They look delicious!

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  32. Those are amazing I love the sparkly tint to them it really makes them look so different. x

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  33. How cool! This is so original and kids love jolly ranchers! I will give this a try!

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  34. I love this. They are so pretty they don't even look real. I will have to try this.

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  35. These look so fantastic i can not wait to make them. I love the added food glitter to give these apples so much shine.

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  36. My kids would love this! They are big on candy apples and I've actually never made my own before. I'm so loving the look of these.

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  37. I had to pin these. It's such a cool idea and I totally love how they look!

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  38. These look like so much fun. I wish I had better luck with candy and caramel apples. I have sensitive teeth and can't seem to get around it when it comes to apples.

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  39. It is Halloween and these are the kind of treats that make it Halloween. I love it. They are beautiful too.

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  40. I totally have to try these! Especially since they look pretty easy & simple for a candy apple.

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  41. Yum yum! And I adore the glitterly shimmer effect too. Such a fun treat for Halloween x

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  42. I need to make these with my Granddaughters. They love anything Jolly Rancher!

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  43. I LOVE Caramel apples but can't do dairy anymore.. This is such a great alternative!! We're going to have to try this!

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  44. I'm totally diggin' them. They turned out great.

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  45. So 20 of the candies makes enough for 6 apples, correct?

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    1. Hi Aunt Penny,
      It's been a while since I made these, but if I remember correctly, I used about 4 candies per apple, so 20 would cover about 5 apples, depending on the size of the apple. Hope that helps!

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