Twilight. Trees swaying in the moonlight. Leaves rustling on the ground. A girl on an unknown path. Young of heart. Skin as white as snow. Whisps of licorice fabric from her long dress swaying in the wind. A chestnut basket of blood red apples dangling from her fingertips. A cat purring at her feet. Wind on her back. Darkness in her emerald green eyes. “What next,” she thinks.
Life was supposed to be as shiny as the Honeycrisps she carries. Hope as bright as the moon lighting the sky. Choices dance before her like the leaves on the forest floor, directionless, guided. Lost. Claimed. Alone. Surrounded by options. Paths as lazy as the cat stretched out before her. Adventures as welcome as the candlelight illuminating the front porch.
One step to the east finds her in a new town, unknown streets beneath her feet. Strange cityscapes on the horizon. A leap to the north – a university student intent on a career in the modern business sector. Relax on southern beaches or get lost in the fast pace of the Western world. The compass of life hangs on the whims of experience. As varied as the apples ripening in the basket.
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 drops of red gel food coloring
- 1/2 - 1 tablespoon of Red Hot candies, to taste (optional)
- 1 Rosalyn red apple (Galas or Honeycrisps are also good choices)
- Candy Thermometer
- Popsicle stick or Appetizer Forks!
- Wash and dry the apple to remove any waxy coating. Poke a popsicle stick or an appetizer fork into the top center ensuring a snug fit.
- Attach a candy thermometer to a small saucepan being sure that it doesn't rest against the bottom of the pan. Bring the sugar, corn syrup and water to a simmer over medium heat stirring until the sugar dissolves and the temperature on the candy thermometer registers 260° (or the hard ball stage). Add the red food coloring and the red hots stirring to combine.
- Working quickly, turn the apple in the ruby red candy coating and set on a pan to cool. Be sure to leave a small space at the top.
- Go ahead. Bite me!
- Feel free to remove the stem from the apple if that is your preference.
- For best results, choose smaller baby apples. It's all about the candy to apple ratio.
- Here's an idea - Replace the popsicle stick with an appetizer fork for a particularly ghoulish presentation - American Psycho style!
- This recipe works with or without the Red Hot candies. Pick your poison....no pun intended!