Lyle's Tremendous Toffee Apples

Lyle's Tremendous Toffee Apples

That crisp crunch, the sugar coating, an autumnal sense of occasion - toffee apples are even better than you remember, right? With the inimitable taste of Lyle's, making toffee apples has never been more satisfying. Why not try out this tasty toffee apple recipe with the kids?




20 minutes


20-23 minutes


  • 8 small Cox or Granny Smith apples
  • 400g (14oz) Tate & Lyle Golden Fairtrade Caster Sugar
  • 120ml (4floz) water
  • 4 tbsp Lyle's Golden Syrup
  • 50g (2oz) unsalted butter



This is a toffee apple recipe your kids are sure to love! But be extra careful if you let them help in the kitchen, as the hot caramel requires careful handling!

Follow this simple six-step toffee apple recipe for the tastiest toffee apples ever.

  1. Pop the apples in a large bowl, pour over boiling water to cover and then quickly pour it off. This takes off any wax coating from the apples and will help the toffee to stick.
  2. Polish dry, twist off the stalks and push wooden ice lolly sticks halfway into the core of the apples from the stalk end.
  3. Combine the Golden Caster Sugar and water in a large heavy-based pan and stir constantly over a low heat with a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Add the Lyle's Golden Syrup and butter and stir until melted and combined. Bring to the boil without stirring, otherwise the sugar may crystallise, until the mixture reaches 149°-154°C (300°-310°F - the hard-crack stage) for about 15-18 minutes. (If you don't have a thermometer, check the toffee is ready by dropping a teaspoon of the mixture into a bowl of cold water. It should harden instantly, and when removed, be brittle and easy to break. If you can still squash it, continue to boil.)
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, let the bubbles subside a little, then tilt the pan, and quickly and carefully dip the apples one at a time in the toffee. Twirl as you dip, to completely cover. Let any excess drip away before placing on a parchment-lined baking tray to harden. If you find the toffee becomes too thick because the temperature has dropped, simply heat again.
  6. Once set, store the toffee apples in an airtight container in a dry place, not the fridge, and eat within 24 hours or the toffee will soften and start to liquefy.


  • Why not share these treats around? Kids love them (no matter what age they are)!
  • If you don’t have Cox or Granny Smith apples, that’s fine – any apples will do! We’ve just found that those two brands tend to have more of a tart flavour that goes scrumptiously well with toffee!