How to Make a Galaxy Apple
I have seen this pin all over Pinterest. It's a beautiful, ethereal-looking candied apple called the "Galaxy Apple".
When I saw it, I KNEW I just had to do it. I had no idea what it took to make it, I didn't know if I would like it, it was just calling to me -- and like a moth to the flame, I had to do it.
I watched a video in which a gentleman when through hoops to make his, and I read a blog post about another blogger making some, but I wanted to try it with what I had. I ended up doing it two ways. First, the way the pin suggests -- with Jolly Ranchers, and the second way, with a candy coating made from scratch.
That doesn't work. It just leaves you with hot Jolly Ranchers.
I cranked my oven up to 350, and I had molten Jolly Ranchers. I dipped my apple, and it just didn't give the apple much color. I brushed the glitter on anyway, and just wasn't impressed. So, I decided to start the candy coated galaxy apples, and as you can see from the pictures, the apples turned a little bit more spooky than galaxy, but they are definitely amazing to look at.
Galaxy Apple Recipe:
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
Food coloring (I used black...what I had on hand)
Pearl dust or other edible glitter
Prepare apples and workspace. Mix ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Using a candy thermometer, get it up to 300 degrees (or a very thick boil). Mix in food coloring. Dip apples, and place on a non-stick surface. Using a paintbrush and water, paint on edible glitter.
Now, making these candy-coated apples is messy. I, at one point, was completely overwhelmed with the amount of concrete hard sugar coating I'd somehow gotten all over everything. Whatever you put your apples on, make sure it's coated in non-stick spray, or be prepared for apples adhered to your surfaces. I actually broke a plate while doing this. So, concrete shards + molten hot sugar = not such a great situation.
I've never eaten a candy apple, so I'm not sure how they taste. They are really interesting visually, and would definitely make an awesome "poison" apple or Halloween/Harvest party food. You could definitely use other food colors, and other glitter colors to co-ordinate your Galaxy Apple with your event.