Toffee Apples

Is there any other treat that screams fall than a good ‘ol toffee apple? These favourites from autumn markets are easier than you think to make at home, and make the perfect snack while out at the park on a crisp October day.


6 Cox apples
6 small wooden ice lolly sticks
225g/8oz granulated sugar
110ml/4fl oz water
30g/1oz butter
2 tbsp golden syrup
4 tbsp finely chopped mixed nuts


1. Push the wooden sticks halfway into the apples at the stalk end.

2. Dissolve the sugar and water in a thick-bottomed pan over a gentle heat.

3. Add the butter and syrup to the mixture and bring to the boil. Continue to boil, without stirring, until the toffee reaches 140C/275F (use a sugar thermometer to measure this).

4. Remove the pan from the heat and gently stir in the nuts.

5. Carefully dip each apple into the toffee, making sure each apple is well coated, and set aside to harden on a baking try lined with non-stick parchment.