I have noticed they are making a come back so I thought I would have a go at making some myself. It took me a couple of attempts to get the toffee just right but in the end I succeeded - much to the delight of my children. It was like nostalgia on a stick - they tasted just as delicious as I remembered.
If you would like to take a trip down memory lane and make some toffee apples, here's what you need to do.
You will need:
8 wooden sticks (I used a chopstick cut in half)
8 small red apples
1 1/2 cups of caster sugar
1 tablespoon of vinegar
1/2 cup water
6 drops of red food colouring
1. Wash the apples and dry thoroughly. Remove any stalks and push the sticks into the centre of each apple.
2. In a heavy-based saucepan place the sugar, water and vinegar and heat gently for 5 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved.
3. Turn up the heat and boil vigorously for approximately 8 minutes until the toffee just starts to turn golden. Test to see if the toffee is going to set by getting a small amount on a teaspoon and dribbling it into a glass of cold water. When the threads are hard, it's ready.
4. Remove from the heat and add the food colouring. Wait for the toffee syrup to stop bubbling (otherwise you'll end up with bubbles on the toffee coating) and dip the apples in one at a time, making sure they are well coated. Place the toffee apples on grease proof paper to cool. Wrap in thick plastic and store in a cool, dark place for up to 2 days. Do not refrigerate.