There’s nothing quite as tasty or spooky as a crisp, ripe apple covered in a shockingly crimson candy coating. And the best part of making this striking dessert is the relative ease of preparation. Aside from a candy thermometer, the ingredients and tools needed to make this recipe are delightfully simple.

So get your pots a-brewing with this sweet, red mixture, and get those apples a-dippin’!

About the Author

A native Oregonian, Eva Marie Kosmas currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif. Her love of cooking can be credited to being raised in her parents' Greek deli in Portland, which they owned and operated for more than 30 years. When she is not developing recipes or shooting and styling in the field, she enjoys tending to her garden, curling up with a good book, and traveling. She can be found online at Adventures in Cooking.

Eva is one of our food bloggers for The Openeran exclusive, invite-only contributor network that will bring the best food, culture and innovation writing to the pages of Coca-Cola Journey.



  • 8 Red Delicious apples
  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • 2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1.75 Cup Honest Tea 'Just Black' Tea
  • 1 Cup light corn syrup
  • 7 Drop red food coloring
  • parchment paper
  • candy thermometer


  • Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep Time: 1 hr 30 min
  • Cook Time: N/A
  1. Insert the popsicle sticks into the centers of each apple. Set them aside on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a small saucepan, bring the granulated sugar, black tea, and corn syrup to a boil over medium high heat. Continue heating the mixture, without stirring, until a candy thermometer inserted into it reads 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the red food coloring and stir until combined. Remove from heat and quickly dip each apple in the hot syrup mixture, holding it by the popsicle stick, and turning to coat the apple in the mixture. If the syrup isn’t deep enough to coat the apple, use a metal spoon to help scoop and drizzle the mixture over the apple. After each apple is coated, place it back on the parchment paper and allow to cool until it hardens, (about 1 hour), before serving.