Foraging through Central Park for sticks *not* necessary.
10 Small apples
1 3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
3/4 c. water
1/2 tsp. purple gel food coloring
1/4 tsp. Black gel food coloring
Insert wooden sticks into the center of each apple and set aside.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and grease with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, and corn syrup. Stir in gel food coloring and turn heat to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves. Then lower the heat to medium and let it boil, without stirring, until it nears about 290° with a candy thermometer — which is close to the hard-crack mark stage. Remove from heat.
Working quickly, tilt the pan and dip the apples in the mixture, twirling the apple through the candy to coat evenly. Hold the apple over the mixture for few seconds before placing on the greased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples. Let cool completely.