Wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Insert the lollipop sticks so that they are firmly within the apples. Set the apples aside and prepare a baking tray lined with wax paper coated with cooking spray/light layer of butter.
Combine the sugar, golden syrup and water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and cook the mixture until your food thermometer reaches 150ºC/300ºF.
Remove the candy mixture from the heat and carefully stir in the red food coloring. (It may splash because of how hot the mixture in the pan is, so stand back. And you may have to add more than the stated 1/2 teaspoon, depending on the quality of your food coloring.)
One at a time, carefully dip the apples into the mixture, swirling to coat them thoroughly and allowing any excess to drip back into the pan. Transfer the coated apples to the prepared baking tray and allow them to cool until the coating has fully hardened.
Apples tend to come with a waxy shiny surface, sometimes this hinders the candy from sticking to the surface. To remove the coating, simply boil 1L water with 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Quickly dip the apples in the boiling mixture for 5 seconds then thoroughly dry them. You should have no issues with the sugar candy sticking after that.
A few times when I’ve made these the sugar candy mixture gets too hard whilst coating the apples, I simply re-heat it over the medium heat and continue coating the apples.
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