I've been wanting to make some creepy black candy apples for a long time, and a party at my friend's house last weekend provided the perfect opportunity.
I love how ominous and poisonous they look, and the natural twigs and occasional tempting, bright-red apples add to the look perfectly. I even used a few thorny twigs for a really eerie and sinister effect.
I used this recipe, to which all credit should go. But I would change a couple things if I made them again. For one, Matt suggested using light colored yellow delicious or granny smith apples for the red apples (to help the red pop) and red delicious for the black (too keep everything really dark). I found that the granny smiths were a bit too light to properly showcase the color. Even after doubling the amount of food coloring, they still looked a little green under the surface. Maybe yellow delicious would have been better.
Also, I prepared my apples and twigs before even starting the candy. But, it turns out that the candy takes a while to get up to temperature, and it's totally enough time to shank all those apples.