This recipe is extracted from my FREE Gluten Free Halloween Cook eBook, which you can download now and easily print at home to make cooking easier. It contains eight spooktacular gluten free Halloween recipes and handy step by step instructions.

Okay, I’ll admit these toffee apples are cuter than they are scary but they will make at incredible feature on your Halloween party table! Gluten free toffee apples are easy to make, but will require plenty of adult supervision with all that hot toffee around. Older kids can get involved but do remind them to be careful of the hot toffee.

Terrifying Toffee Apples (Makes 12)


  • 12 small apples
  • 450g light brown sugar
  • 350g salted butter
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 150ml water
  • Sweets, eyes and sprinkles to decorate

And you’ll also need:

  • 12 wooden skewers


  1. Unless you have purchased special unwaxed apples, the first step is to remove some of the wax coating from your apples. Take a medium-sized bowl of boiling water and a large bowl of cold water. Very carefully add four apples at a time to the boiling water, leaving them in the water for 1 minute and then removing and scuffing them dry with a clean tea towel, then transfer them to the cold water (to stop the heat cooking the outside). Leaving them in the cold water for a few minutes, then remove and dry them well. Removing the wax from the apple ensures that your toffee coating will stick to the apple when we get to that stage.
  2. Remove each stalk and then drive a wooden skewer into the centre of each apple and set the apples aside on a non-stick baking mat while you make the toffee.
  3. Take a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan and add the sugar, butter, vinegar and water. Gradually bring the ingredients to the boil using a very low heat, stirring occasionally, which should take 10-15 minutes.
  4. Next turn the heat up a little and use a sugar thermometer to bring the temperature up to 130C. As soon as it reaches this temperature take the pan off the heat and get ready to dunk those apples!
  5. Working as quickly as you can, dip each apple into the toffee and rotate it in the mixture to allow it to gain a nice even coating. Hold it above the pan for a few seconds to allow the excess to run off, then place onto the non-stick mat.
  6. Decorate the apples with sprinkles, candy eyes or sweets. If the surface of the apple has hardened too quickly, you can use a little extra toffee from the pan to stick them on (just be careful of your fingers with the hot toffee). Allow to set for 1 hour and then these are ready to serve. If you have any toffee leftover, pour into a little non-stick pan and allow to cool before breaking into shards – it tastes delicious on its own too!

If you enjoyed this toffee apple recipe and are looking for more gluten free Halloween ideas please do download my FREE printable Gluten Free Halloween Cookbook now. Otherwise you can also view some of the recipes on my website:

Happy Halloween! x