Stick skewers in stem end of apples securely. Combine sugar, cream of tartar, water lemon juice & cloves in heavy saucepan. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add food color. Without stirring, cook to 300 on candy thermometer (hard crack stage) . Removet. Quickly skim out cloves. (Stir in vanilla if using). Twist apples in syrup. Set on buttered cookie sheet to harden. Notes: Use small, deep saucepan. Don1t let apples touch when drying. Make them the day they will be used. Use draft-free part of kitchen.

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