If you’re looking for a fun (and delicious) way to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year, then you need to try these Hocus Pocus Candy Apples! Perfect for watching Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney+!
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Hocus Pocus Candy Apples
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.
If you a fan of the Hocus Pocus movies with the witches Winnifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson, you are going to love these candy apples!
Hocus Pocus candy apples are actually really easy to make – it’s as simple as melting some candy melts, dipping in the apples, and decorating them with sprinkles.
This would be such a fun Halloween activity to do with the kiddos – plus they’ll enjoy eating them when they’re finished!
Whether you serve them up for a movie night, for a Halloween party, or to package up to hand out as favors or for Trick or Treaters, they’re sure to be a hit with all who get to try them.
So gather up the ingredients and get ready to conjure up some deliciousness this Halloween!
The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog and is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for tons of awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online. Staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., aren’t always included here as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ALL ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card.
- Apples – use your favorite kind of apple. Granny Smith, Jazz, Fuji, and Gala apples work well.
- Green Candy Melts
- Purple Pearl Sprinkles
- Green Pearl Sprinkles
- Candy Eyeballs
- Candy Apple Sticks – or sturdy lollipop sticks so that they hold the weight of an apple.
- Cello Bags – optional, if you want to package your candy apples for handing out as party favors or for Trick or Treaters.
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More Recipes Using Apples
One of the hero ingredients in this dish is apples, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Salted Caramel Popcorn Apples
- Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Topping
- Toffee Apple Cupcakes
More Hocus Pocus Recipes
Looking for more Hocus Pocus treats to make? Check these recipes out next:
- Conjure Up Hocus Pocus Cupcakes With a Book of Spells Brownie on Top!
- Hocus Pocus Cauldron Pudding Cups
- Hocus Pocus Popcorn Mix
Melting Tips for Candy Melts
You can melt candy melts/candy wafers in the microwave or a double boiler, or if you plan on making lots of candy-covered treats in the future, I recommend investing in a Wilton candy melting pot as treat-making life is then so much easier!
If you use the Wilton Candy Melting Pot, you can check out Wilton’s demo video on YouTube which is really helpful. They also give tips on how to melt candy melts in the microwave, as well as using the double boiler method.
The two most important things are
- Do not overheat – use an even melting temperature
- Do not add water – it makes the candy seize up and become unusable. Make sure the equipment used is completely dry, and avoid using utensils that retain moisture like a wooden spoon.
If you find that the candy is too thick, add vegetable shortening or (solid) coconut oil in 1 teaspoon increments, up to 1 tablespoon, and stir well.
Another reminder – do not add water. The very first time I used candy melts I managed to get water in the bowl and it was ruined. Learn from my mistakes! Additionally, do not use vegetable oil, butter, milk, or any other liquids as this will also make the candy seize up.
If you are using your microwave, test melt a small amount of candy melts first, to see how it works. You may need to adjust the temperature and time to suit your machine. Heat in 15-30 second increments, stirring the candy melts each time. They may not look melted, but they might have started melting from the inside. Stirring helps to distribute the heat.
How Do I Make Hocus Pocus Candy Apples?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.
- 1 bag green candy melts (sweet tooth fairy/michaels)
- 3 apples*
- 3 large candy apple/lollipop sticks
- Purple pearl sprinkles
- Green pearl sprinkles
- Small candy eyeballs
- Prepare a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Set it aside.
- Melt the green candy melts in a bowl as directed on the package.
- Place the stick into the apple. It's best to go a little bit on either side of the core as it can be tough to insert the stick through it.
- Dip the apples into the bowl of melted candy, using a spoon to cover completely. They don't have to be perfectly smooth!
- Place the candy apples onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Before the candy dries, add sprinkles and candy eyeballs around the apple. If it does dry too fast you can dip the sprinkles and candy eyeballs in melted candy with clean tweezers and place them on the apple.
- Place in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Alternatively, once set, you can wrap the candy apples in cellophane and tie them with a ribbon to make a party favor.
*Use your favorite kind of apple. Granny Smith, Fuji, Jazz, and Gala are good apples to use for candy apples.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 534Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 132gFiber: 4gSugar: 120gProtein: 0g
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Make It A Special Dinner!
You’ve made the dessert, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to create a menu for a dinner party or special meal:
- Appetizer: Air Fryer Mummy Meatballs with Marinara Sauce – Halloween Appetizer!
- Soup: Easy Vegetable Soup
- Salad: Classic Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing & Croutons
- Main Dish: Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti Recipe
- Side Dish: Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe
- Beverage: Hocus Pocus Winnie Sanderson Cocktail
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The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog and is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!