At this time of the year, the Disney Villains get some time in the spotlight. I am sure the evil characters love Halloween with all of their wicked hearts. The very first and most horrible of all of the Disney villains is the Wicked Queen from Snow White. Her red juicy poisoned apple became a icon for hatred, jealousy and pure evilness - eek!
One great thing about Disney movies is that good always wins in the end. The villains put up a good fight, but the heroes always triumph. If you are looking for a way to put a little spook into your Halloween celebrations, take a recipe from the Evil Queen's Book and whip up a batch of your own red poisoned apples - minus the poison of course! Here's how:
1/2 Cup Hot Water
2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1/2 Cup Hot Cinnamon Candy (Red Hots)
6-8 Dipping Apples
To start, wash all of the apples in hot water to remove the wax coating. If you skip this step the candy coating may not stick to the apples properly. Next, poke a dipping stick into each apple. Cover a baking sheet with tin foil. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray.
Place the hot water in a sauce pan on the stove over medium heat. Add the sugar and syrup and stir gently until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, let the mixture simmer for two minutes. Do not stir.
After two minutes, add the hot cinnamon candy. Stir occasionally. Let the candy dissolve completely. Once the candy has dissolved, the candy coating is probably ready!
The mixture should start to thicken. You want to let it simmer until it reaches "soft ball" stage. You can tell when it is ready by watching for certain clues. Dip your spoon into the pot and scoop a little bit of the candy coating onto the spoon. Let it cool for a moment or two and then pour it back into the pot. If the candy coating looks thick (like warm syrup) and it drips slowly off the spoon, it is probably ready. To test it, put a small amount of cold water into a little dish. Place about 1 tsp of the candy coating into the water bowl. If you can form it into a soft ball with your fingers, then it is ready. It will be loose, but mold-able. If it just dissolves, let the mixture cook for a few more minutes.
Note: The longer the mixture simmers, the harder the candy coating will be. I prefer a soft caramel texture. You can cook it to be firm like a sucker (hard ball stage) which is also fun! If you want hard candy, then cook it for 3-4 minutes after your coating reaches soft ball stage.
(This picture shows the candy coating in the "soft ball" stage. Your candy will be bright red though.)
Tilt the saucepan so the coating pools at one end and dip the apples one at a time. Start with one side of the apple and then roll it around in the coating until the entire apple is covered. Hold it for a few moments over the pan until the excess coating drips off. Then, place it on the prepared baking sheet to cool. Repeat until all the apples are covered. Be careful, because the coating is very hot! It will burn your skin if you happen to drip.
My little boy thought it would be fun to place candy gummy worms on top of each apple to make them more creepy. You can also put a spider on top or Halloween shaped sprinkles. If you want to let your kids decorate the apples, do it immediately after the coating is placed on the apples so it sticks.
These apples would be fun to serve at a Halloween Party or on Halloween night. It would also be the perfect accessory for your own little Snow White princess! My kids thought it was fun to eat a real (pretend) poisoned apple. I served them next to my magic smoking witch's caldron. And of course, I cackled loudly as I handed them out over the brew. I am sure the Wicked Queen would have approved.
Next time you're at Disneyland, be sure to watch for the Wicked Queen peaking out from her window over Snow White's Scary Adventure in Fantasyland. Before you board the attraction look for the golden apple, try to grab it and see what happens.
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