How To Prevent Your Apples From Being Sticky
How to Store Candy Apples
Candy apples are a sweet treat with a crunch, but they can go bad quickly if not stored properly. Because of the stick that is inserted into the apple, candy apples tend to go bad faster than a regular apple.Keeping your candy apple treats in a closed container and refrigerating them will help keep them fresh for longer periods of time.
Storing for the Short-Term
Wrap the apples in cellophane.Wrapping the apples in cellophane will keep the sticky coating from coming in contact with dust and other particles that might be in the air. You can even use a ribbon tied around the stick to hold the cellophane in place and give a fancier appearance.
- The cellophane should completely cover the apple, but it is okay if some of the stick is left uncovered.
Keep the apples in a covered container out of the way.If you are storing the apples somewhere in your home or place of business, keeping them in a container will ensure that they are safe from any bumps that could damage their coating, or contaminants from the environment.
- If you don’t have a container large enough, organize the apples on a flat surface with the sticks upright. Cover them with a sheet or light blanket to keep them protected.
Store apples away from heat and light.If you are serving the apples shortly after making them, it is still best to store them in a location that is away from heat and light. Avoid storing the apples in areas near windows, radiators, heating vents, and air returns, as they can cause the candy coating to melt.
- You can store the apples outside of the refrigerator for up to an hour. If they won’t be eaten within an hour, it’s best to keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat.
- If you notice a brown coloring on the inside of the apple when you cut it open, immediately throw the apple away and don’t eat it. A brown apple is the only way to tell that the candy apple has gone bad.
Storing for the Long-Term
Separate apples with wax paper.Wax paper will keep your apples from touching and sticking together. It will also help them to stay cool and dry in the refrigerator over long periods of time. The wax paper only needs to cover the apple portion of the treat, and should stick to the coating. If you would like to, you can use a rubber band or ribbon to tie the wax paper to the stick.
- Avoid using plastic “cling” wrap for long-term storage because it can make the candy coating taste like plastic.
Place apples in an airtight container.Keeping the apples in an airtight container will prevent the apples from becoming sticky or tacky due to any dampness in the refrigerator. Tupperware-like containers are the best option for the storage of multiple apples, but any airtight container, such as a ziplock bag, will work.
- Ensure that the container or bag is properly closed before storing.
Refrigerate the apples for up to two weeks.To prevent foodborne illnesses, it is best to keep any apples that you won’t be eating within an hour refrigerated. Refrigerated candy apples can last for up to two weeks before they should be discarded.
- If you remove an apple from the refrigerator and it is brown when cut open, unfortunately that means that the apples have gone bad. You should throw them away immediately to prevent any foodborne illness.
Remove apples from the refrigerator 45 minutes before eating.If you’re planning to eat the apples at any point, make sure you remove them from the refrigerator 45 minutes before you are going to eat them. The candy coating will be easier to cut through when they are room temperature.
Storing for Transportation
Ensure the coating is firm before packing the apples for travel.Place apples in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before travel. This will make the coating as firm as possible and avoid damage to the apples during transportation.
- You can test this by poking the coating with a toothpick near the area where the stick is inserted into the apple. You should find it slightly difficult to break the coating.
Wrap the apples in individual cellophane or plastic bags.The bags will keep the apples from touching during the ride and keep the sticky coating safe from any contaminants during transportation. You can secure the bags to the sticks using ribbon, rubber bands, or even twist ties.
- If you don’t want to wrap them in individual bags, make sure that the apples are separated by wax paper wrapped around the apple to keep them from sticking together.
Place the apples in a large container with a lid.Place the apples upright in the container with little space between them. This will keep them from sliding around in the container and bumping into one another. A large plastic container with a lid will work best.
- If you don’t have a large plastic container available, you can use a sturdy box or a few individual smaller containers. If you don’t have a lid, a towel or sheet draped over the top of the container will keep your apples safe from heat and light.
- If the coating is firm, it is safe to place the apples on their sides, but be aware that it may cause some damage to the coating.
Pack the apples in a cooler for trips longer than an hour.If you’re going to be travelling a longer distance, you should pack the apples into a cooler with ice packs to keep them from going bad. You could also use a styrofoam container if you don’t have a cooler, or any container that will insulate the apples.
If you want to store candy apples for the short-term, wrap them in cellophane to prevent dust sticking to the coating. Alternatively, place the apples in a large container so they don’t get damaged. To keep your apples in the fridge for a longer amount of time, wrap each one in wax paper so they don’t stick together, then place them in an airtight container. If you refrigerate the apples, remove them from the fridge 45 minutes before eating so the candy coating is easier to cut through.
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