I’ve been wanting to make Poison Candy Apples for years and finally I got around to making two different versions of this Disney-inspired Halloween recipe! And, just in case you’re a bit intimidated, I made two step-by-step videos to show just how easy these Snow White Apples are to whip up.
I think for most “Disney kids” there was that one villain that just spooked you right to your core. Who was yours?
For me, that villain was the Evil Queen after she transformed into the haggard witch. I still remember exactly where I was the first time she appeared on my TV screen and to this day, I’m still not a fan of her – in either forms (which is funny because I’ve always loved the other villains).
The first time we went to Disneyworld at Halloween, I was shocked that they didn’t have candy apples modelled after the poison apple from Snow White. It seemed like such an obvious treat, especially since they had a display fridge full of other themed apples – how could they not have the most iconic Disney apple represented?
Since then, the Descendants have brought back the iconic poison apple and on our last trip, Disney had finally caught up with me and made their own poison candy apple – but at least I can say I did it first! (Theirs is a red candy coated apple with a green chocolate coating which I now need to add to my list to make!)
Originally, I just planned to make a green candy-coated version of these poison candy apples.
It seemed like a classic choice – but after trying to make them on a hot day and watching the carefully placed candy coating melt, I realized that a plan b might be in order – and I actually ended up liking the chocolate-coved Snow White apples more than the candy-coated ones. They have a more cartoonish appearance and the kids also preferred them taste-wise, too!
Whichever type of candy poison apple you make, they are super easy and such a fun Disney reference for any occasion. Of course, they are perfect for Halloween – but they’d also be great for a family movie night or a (somewhat healthy? ok maybe not) bake sale treat.
Check out our videos for how to make these chocolate-covered Descendents-inspired poison apples – we have one for the chocolate covered version first and then below that a candy apple version if you’d prefer a candy coating.
How to make Poison Apples with Hard Candy Coating:
Ingredients for Chocolate-Covered Snow White Apples
- 12 apples
- 1 lb almond bark
- green candy food dye
Tip: you can use white candy melts or white chocolate chips in place of the almond bark.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Saucepan or microwave-safe bowl
- Ziplock or piping bags
- Candy syringe
How to Make Chocolate-Covered Snow White Apples
Chop up all of your almond bark (or white candy melts or white chocolate chips) and add to a saucepan over medium heat.
Stir constantly as the chocolate melts and remove from heat once completely melted, about 4-5 minutes.
Stir in the gel food dye to your color preference and remove from heat.
(Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in a microwave – heat for 35 seconds, stir well, and reheat as needed.)
You want to quickly outline the features for your apple “faces” – two circles for eyes and an upside-down heart nose for each apple.
I used a ziplock bag, but you can use toothpicks or a candy syringe for “drawing” on the features – whatever you have on hand that seems easy to use.
For me, I added some cooled but still liquid chocolate to the ziplock bag, pressed all of the air out, sealed it, and cut a small hole in the corner. I then squeezed out a bit of candy at a time while “drawing” on my features.
Build up the features as best you can and let them dry.
To fill in the space around the features, you can carefully apply the melted chocolate with a spoon or continue to use the bag method and use a toothpick to smooth and evenly distribute the melted chocolate.
Let dry for at least 2 hours, or overnight. Avoid putting them in the fridge unless your home is really hot as it will cause the chocolate to sweat when it is returned to room temperature.
And next up – version #2 – using hard candy coating!
Ingredients for Candy-Coated Poison Apples
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cups water
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- Green food dye
- 12 apples
Tip: you can also use melted jolly ranchers for the candy coating on this recipe. Heat to the same 300-310F or until bubbling in the microwave before dipping the apples.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Candy Thermometer
- Popsicle sticks or candy apple sticks
- Toothpicks or candy syringe
How to Make Hard Candy Poison Apples
Combine sugar, water and corn syrup in a saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium and carefully clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pot.
The candy should reach “hard crack” temperature of 300-310F after about 15-20 minutes but keep a close watch on it.
When the correct temperature is reached, remove from heat and whisk in your green food dye to your desired pigment.
Allow the candy to cool slightly before applying the facial features to the apples.
For this set, I used a candy syringe which I found easiest for control. Toothpicks will also work in a pinch but are a bit messier.
Draw on two circles for eyes and an upside-down heart for the nose on each apple.
Let the candy set as you continue to do the features on the other apples.
After you have drawn the features on all of the apples, return to the first apple (which by now has set for about 5 minutes) and spoon on the melted candy for that delicious drippy effect. Try to avoid the eyes and nose areas a bit – but the set candy should force the liquid candy to flow away.
Let the candy apples set for 2 hours or overnight.
Pin this duo of delicious Halloween candy apples for your future spooky pleasure:
Grab your free printable for our chocolate-covered Snow White Poison Apples:
I’d love to know if you end up making these fun Poison Candy Apples!
Which Disney villain terrified you as a child? Give me some inspiration for our next Disney-inspired dessert!
For more Disney-inspired decadence, check out our 3-ingredient Pineapple Whip Slush (for grown-ups only) or our Tiana-inspired Beignets recipe.