Red Hot candy apple pie tastes just like an old-fashioned candy apple! Spicy cinnamon candies are melted and mixed with tangy Granny Smith Apples for a pie that won’t be easily forgotten. It’s rosy hue is beautiful for the holidays or Valentine.s Day.
I used to love getting candy apples on Halloween. Back when I was a kid there wasn’t so much worry about someone tampering with the treats and we used to head out with pillowcases to get as many sweets as possible. One neighbor always invited us in for cider and fresh-out-of-the-fryer donuts. I loved stopping there, smelling the good smells in her house, and feeling very grown up sipping the cider and eating the donuts. You’d think she’d be my favorite stop — but you’d be wrong.
Oh so wrong.
My favorite stop was another house. We’d ring the door bell and she would come swishing out in a dress, high heels, and an apron. In her hands was a big silver tray covered with bright, shiny red candy apples. The glaze on the apples was reflected in the silver and the silver tray reflected back on the coating on the apples. We’d thank her hurriedly and move away from her door just enough to let the other kids get their treats. In that moment, with the stars twinkling in the crisp autumn sky, we’d bite through the red candy layer with a delicate crunch and right into an mouth puckering Macintosh. Each bite was a combination of sweet, spicy, tangy, sour, crispy, crunchy goodness.
And then they were gone for another year.
I’ve tried and tried to replicate her recipe as I remember it but I can’t. I think it was a magical combination of ingredients plus velvety darkness with bright stars plus childhood that made them so good. I’ve found that things taste significantly better in memory then perhaps they did in actuality.
This Red Hot candy apple pie has those flavors but it goes one more step and surrounds that spicy tangy sweetness with a flaky, buttery crust. I use a combination of apples because I think it gives the pie a better flavor. MacIntosh, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jazz…. whatever I can find. The main thing is to always use at least a couple of Granny Smiths. This is the best candy apple pie because I snuck in a little bit of Fireball Whiskey to amp up the cinnamony flavor.
I have been informed that this pie is to be part of our Thanksgiving dessert table this year. It is truly addictively good and the color is just beautiful.
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