Saturday, October 30, 2010

Homemade Caramel Apples

I love making caramel apples in the fall!  But I hate using pre-wrapped caramels to do it and I've had a hard time finding a great homemade caramel recipe until now.  I ran across this a few years ago in a Taste of Home magazine.  I've probably tried 5 or 6 different homemade caramel apple recipes over the years, but I always come back to this as my "go to" recipe.   My kiddos had a blast drizzling on melted chocolate and peanut butter and white chocolate all over them.  Then they doused them with sprinkles and crushed Oreo's. 

I will give you a few tips to make your caramel apple experience easier. 
  • Make sure your apples are room temperature.  If they're cold the caramel won't stick well.
  • These are best when eaten at room temperature.  If you store them in the fridge, let them warm to room temperature before you eat them.
  • Make sure the spot you set your finished apples has been sprayed with cooking spray, even if you are setting them on waxed paper.  Trust me on this one!
  • When you dip the apples be sure to turn them slowly to keep from getting air bubbles in the caramel.
Homemade Caramel Apples
Makes 10-12 apples

1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
Dash salt
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
10 to 12 Popsicle sticks
10 to 12 medium tart apples, washed and dried

In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter; add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
Insert Popsicle sticks into apples. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat. Set on greased waxed paper to cool. 

Source:  Real Mom Kitchen

1 comment:

  1. These look delicious! I am a huge caramel apple addict. I go down to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory often to buy caramel apples. I've always been interested in doing them myself, but I didn't know if there was a certain apple that was better than others or if I should home-make the caramel and how. So I am going to give these a try on my next days off. And the best part is, I live next door to my cousins so I have plenty of taste-testers! :)



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