Raw, Honeyed Candy Apples

This article was originally published by Red Bee Honey and we thank Marina Marchese and her team for generously sharing this wonderful fall recipe with us. Candy apples are typically made with cooked sugar (caramel), but this version uses only raw, vegan ingredients and comes together quickly for a healthier and delicious treat.

Raw Candy Apples with Wildflower Honey

Cooler days and a sweet apple treat 

— a sure sign that autumn is here and Halloween is nigh . .

Raw, honeyed candy apples dipped in nature's goodies. Photo contributed by Red Bee Honey.

Honeybees in Connecticut are clustered inside their honey-filled hives occasionally venturing out at midday when temperatures rise about 55°. We closely monitor each colony to ensure they are well-fed throughout the winter. Nature seems to slow down, and as the leaves change colors and drop from the trees, we are reminded that nothing lasts forever. Nature is renewed again in the spring and we can only hope that our honeybees will emerge again too.

This month we share our our easy, no cook recipe for a Halloween classic, candy apples! You’ll have just as much fun garnishing these colorful autumn gems as you will picking them.

We found this handy visual guide from Epicurious to help you choose the best tasting apple for you.

Grab a basket and visit your local farm and pick your own crisp apples. While you’re out in the orchards, pick up some colorful leaves and twigs to garnish your finished apples.

Raw, Honeyed Candy Apples


3 fresh apples of your choice

Branches or Popsicle sticks for handles

2 tablespoons tahini

1 tablespoon wildflower honey

3/4 cup medjool dates, chopped

1/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Wash and thoroughly dry each apple and the branches. With a knife, cut a small cross into the top of each apple where the stem grows. Push branches into the cross of each apple to make a handle to hold apples. Put apples aside.
  2. Chop dates into approximately half-inch square pieces and remove skin and pits. Add to food processor along with tahini, honey, water, and cinnamon.
  3. Process until smooth, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  4. Spread the date mixture onto each apple with a spatula and garnish with some healthful goodies. Here (photo above-left to right) we rolled the apples with chia seeds and chopped walnuts, coconut flakes, bee pollen and pistachios.

Visit RedBeeHoney.com for more inspirational recipes and to shop online for single origin honeys. For a schedule of fall events, including soap-making and skin care workshops, click here.


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