Martha Stewart and About.com provide easy recipes for candied apples. Martha Stewart's recipe makes six medium or 12 mini candied apples, while About.com's recipe makes eight candied apples.
For Martha Stewart's recipe, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, butter it and set aside. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine 2 cups of sugar, 3/4 cup of water, 1/2 of light corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon of red food coloring. Boil over high heat and then reduce to medium-high. Continue to boil until a candy thermometer reaches between 300 and 310 degrees. This takes about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, insert a wooden stick into each apple, pushing them about halfway through. Immediately remove the mixture from heat when it reaches the right temperature and quickly dip the apples to fully coat them. Transfer to the baking sheet and let cool before serving.
For the About.com recipe, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Wash and dry 8 apples. Remove the apples' stems and skewer each apple. Combine a 1/2 cup of hot water, 1 cup light corn syrup and 2 cups of granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
Continue to cook without stirring until the mixture reaches 250 degrees. Add 1/2 cup of cinnamon candies and stir until it is smooth and even. Dip each apple into the sauce and completely cover them. Allow them to cool at room temperature on the baking sheet.