Rinse apples, dry well, remove stems & hammer in a hole in the top of each apple. Place twigs or skewers in apples. (For skewers you will likely not need a hammer, they should slide in easily on their own.)
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil. Spray with some cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan combine the water, corn syrup & sugar over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, continue to cook without stirring. Heat until the mixture reaches 250 degrees. Wash down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush occasionally to prevent crystals from forming. Add the candies & stir well until just combined. Continue to heat until mixture is 285 degrees.
Remove the pan from the heat, stir the candy so it's nice & smooth. Tilt the pan, hold an apple by it's stick then dip each apple until well covered in candy. Let excess drip off, swirl the apples to help this along. Repeat process for each apple.
Place each dipped apple onto the lined baking sheet. They cool & harden quickly. Enjoy within 24 hours.
Working with liquid sugars can be dangerous, it is very hot! Be careful not to splatter and make sure pets & kids are not interfering.
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