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Red Moscato Candied Apples ~ #SundaySupper

Crisp Fuji apples dipped in a sweet coating made with Gallo Family Red Moscato wine.

Red Moscato Candied Apples Dipped in Toasted Almonds and Semi-Sweet Chocolate |

Adult candied apples. Sweet Red Moscato candied apples made with the adults in mind. Warning: These apples are wicked delicious, wicked sticky, and wicked addictive. Eat at your own risk!


This week, the #SundaySupper crew and Gallo Family Vineyards are getting together to throw a wine-themed Halloween party. Let’s face it, parties are better when wine is involved, am I right?

Red Moscato Candied Apples Dipped in Toasted Almonds and Semi-Sweet Chocolate |

I’m not much on handing out candy on Halloween, but I do love a good Halloween-inspired party with spooky party games. Maybe pin the wine cup in the skeletons hand? Gallo has a page specifically for entertaining with wine on Halloween.

Gallo Family Red Moscato Wine |

Back to these candied apples. I used Gallo Family Vineyards’ Red Moscato in place of the water in the conventional candied apple recipe. Their Red Moscato is a gorgeous shade of red with the flavors of citrus, peach, and bright berries. The sweet, vibrant Moscato pairs perfectly with the tart Fuji apples.

Red Moscato Candied Apples Dipped in Toasted Almonds and Semi-Sweet Chocolate |

I’ve had the pleasure of making caramel apples in the past, but this was my first ever attempt at making candied apples. I found the process to be extremely easy. The only special tool you’ll need is a candy thermometer. I use this one.

While your wine mixture is coming up to temperature in the saucepan, place the craft sticks (also known as lollipop sticks) into the center of each apple. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. When your wine mixture reaches 300 degrees, begin dipping your apples into the mixture to coat. After they get a coating of the wine mixture, dip them in the toasted almond and chocolate mixture, and then place them on the cookie sheet to harden. It’s that simple.

Red Moscato Candied Apples Dipped in Toasted Almonds and Semi-Sweet Chocolate |

Feel free to get creative with the dipping options. The candy possibilities are endless.

Once the apples harden, store in individual clear candy bags and tie to seal. Give them away as Halloween gifts to your adult buddies or keep them all to yourself.

Red Moscato Candied Apples Dipped in Toasted Almonds and Semi-Sweet Chocolate |

Candy apple tips:

  1. Make sure your apples are completely dry. If the apples are wet, the candy coating won’t adhere to the apples.
  2. Use popsicle sticks or lollipop sticks
  3. A candy thermometer is a must for this recipe since we need to bring the candy mixture to a very specific temperature.
  4. Use a nonstick saucepan. I made the mistake of using my grandmother’s old aluminum pans. Talk about a sticky mess. If you find yourself in the same situation, add water to your pot and bring it to a boil. The boiling water will help release the candy mixture from your pot, whisk, and candy thermometer.
  5. Do not stir the mixture once it comes to a boil.
  6. Do not skip the corn syrup. If you don’t use corn syrup, the mixture will be rock hard. We don’t want any broken teeth.
  7. Bring the mixture to 285 degrees F.–no more, no less.
  8. Work quickly. Once your candy mixture comes to temperature, dip quickly. Tilt the pot and swirl the apple in the mixture until coated. If you’re dipping them in candy or nuts, do so immediately after you’re finished swirling them in the candy mixture.
  9. Place the candy-coated apples on greased parchment paper to harden.

Red Moscato Candied Apples Dipped in Toasted Almonds and Semi-Sweet Chocolate |

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Red Moscato Candied Apples

Red Moscato spiked candied apples dipped in toasted almonds and semi-sweet chocolate.

Yield: 4 apples

Total Time: 25 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 4 Fuji apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup Red Moscato or water
  • 8 drops red food coloring
  • 1 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips.



  1. Lightly grease a piece of parchment paper with canola oil.
  2. Insert a popsicle or lollipop stick into the center of each apple.
  3. Combine sugar, corn syrup, wine or water, and red food coloring in a nonstick saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat (no more whisking at this point). Continue to cook until the mixture reaches 285 degrees F., or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads.
  4. In a small bowl, combine toasted almonds and mini chocolate chips.
  5. Remove from heat. Tilt the pan slightly and begin dipping the apples quickly, swirling them in the pot to coat. Be careful not to touch the hot candy mixture. Once the apples are coated, remove from the pot and continue to swirl to allow the mixture harden slightly. Dip in the apples into the almond mixture. Place on the greased parchment to harden completely.


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24 Responses to “Red Moscato Candied Apples ~ #SundaySupper”

  1. #
    movita beaucoup — October 26, 2014 at 6:59 am

    These are GORGEOUS! Normally, I don’t like fruit to interfere with my consumption of candy, but I’d make an exception for these little beauties!


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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — October 26, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Ok, life changed. I’ve made candy apples before (and LOVE them) but wine-glazed candy apples?! This is insane.


  3. #
    Hezzi-D — October 26, 2014 at 7:55 am

    These are awesome! I love that the Red Moscato is in the candy coating. Plus, they are gorgeous!


  4. #
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — October 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

    So stunningly beautiful! Very clever to sub wine for the water in the recipe!


  5. #
    Liz — October 26, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Wow, besides being gorgeous, these must taste incredible!!!!


  6. #
    susan @ the wimpy vegetarian — October 26, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And what a great way to use Gallo’s Moscato!!


  7. #
    Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — October 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I have never been a big candied apple fan, I am a caramel kind of girl, but your red wine candied apples? YES PLEASE!! Fab photos too!


  8. #
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — October 26, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Jennie, these are beyond gorgeous! And the wine, apples, chocolate and almonds – so perfect!


  9. #
    Shaina — October 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Yummmm candy apples never looked so good!


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    Emily {Jelly Toast} — October 26, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    This is such an awesome way to use the Red Moscato! What beautiful candy apples :)


  11. #
    Terra — October 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I love the idea of adult candied apples! The pictures make me want to reach through my iPad and snatch one up! Yum, Hugs, Terra


  12. #
    Cindys Recipes and Writings — October 27, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I need one of these, (maybe two) right away! ;)


  13. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — October 27, 2014 at 9:30 am

    you are a clever vixen


  14. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — October 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    These look sooo gorgeous!!!! I want to eat one right now!


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    Tammi @Momma's Meals — October 27, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Loving these apples! What a great way to dress up the average ol’ apple for a fun party!


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    Choc Chip Uru — October 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    These apples look snow-white worthy with their red colour :D
    Beautiful colour and so vibrant, perfect for a party!

    Choc Chip Uru


  17. #
    Willow @ Will Cook For Friends — October 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Oh yes, EVERYTHING is better with wine! Sign me up — I want to go to whatever halloween party you’re going to. :)


  18. #
    Willow @ Will Cook For Friends — October 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    (Totally embarrassing, but I just entered the wrong web url for my previous comment — just a heads up, in case that causes any confusion. And no, I have NOT had too much wine. There is no such thing.)


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    Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) — October 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    My husband loves either caramel apples or candy apples for Halloween. I’ve made caramel, but never candied ones. I think a wine version should be my first attempt!!


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    Katie — October 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I can’t get over how beautiful, shiny, and yummy these apples look!!!


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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — October 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Jennie, I can’t get over the high gloss shine of the caramel! These candied apples are gorgeous, as are your photos. Your ingenuity never ceases to amaze me. It was a brilliant move adding the moscato to the caramel.


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    Renee @ Tortillas and Honey — October 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Wine + candied apples sound amazing! I love how creative and beautiful this recipe is!


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    Marla Meridith — October 31, 2014 at 9:21 am

    These are gorgeous candy apples!!



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