Jolly Rancher Glittery Candy Apples

Make gorgeous candy apples with Jolly Ranchers!

A red, a blue, and a green candy apple sitting on a white plate.

Easy Sparkly Candy Apples

Here's how you can take Jolly Rancher hard candies and make gorgeous candy apples.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 159 kcal


  • oven
  • deep pan or oven-proof bowl
  • heavy skewers or popsicle sticks
  • non-stick silicone baking sheet or parchment paper


  • 100-150 pieces Jolly Rancher candies 1,3 pound bag
  • 6 Granny Smith apples small to medium
  • 1/4 tsp. edible glitter


Removing Apple Wax

  • Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Carefully lower an apple in the boiling water, count 3 seconds and remove to a towel to allow to dry. Repeat for remaining apples.
  • Use another towel to thorough dry the apples. Water and wax cause the candy coating to bubble so make sure the apples are both clean and dry.
  • Push a skewer into the top of each apple.

Coating Apples

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F/177˚C.
  • Sort the candies into the different colors and remove the wrappers. 50 candies coat ~3 small/medium apples. If you don't have enough of each color, you can combine pink and red, and green and blue.
  • Place ~50 unwrapped candies into a deep pan or a saucepan that has an oven-proof handle. Place into the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the candies are completely melted.
  • Use an oven mitt and place the melted candy on a heat-proof surface.
  • Add the glitter and stir to combine. Return the pan to the oven to re-melt the candy.
  • Use an oven mitt and place the melted candy on a heat-proof surface.
  • Tilt the pan so that the candy pools at the bottom. Hold the apple by the skewer and dip it into the melted candy. Slowly twirl the stick to coat the apple. Lift the apple straight up to allow the excess candy to drip off.
  • Place the apple on a silicone baking sheet or a parchment lined baking pan.
  • The candy will cook in a few minutes and are best served soon after making.


  • To clean up: allow the remaining candy to harden in the pan. Tap the cooled pan on a hard surface to break the candy up. Remove as much of the candy as possible. Soak the pan in warm water and in an hour and te last bits of candy will dissolve.
  • I recommend using a knife to cut the apple into wedges to serve. 
  • I used NFD’s edible glitter dust (affiliate link).
  • This recipe was inspired by Cupcakes and Cardio. 


Calories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 195mgFiber: 4gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apples, candy, candy apples, easy, Jolly Ranchers
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