I'm not talking about dipped apples made with those cute little caramel squares that you buy in packages in the supermarket.
I'm talking about REAL, honest-to-God caramel apples that you make from boiling-hot-sugar that's sticky and gooey and oh, so delicious.
For 100% success, I strongly urge you to use a candy thermometer for this recipe. A lot of recipes will give you visual cues, but using a thermometer will guarantee that you'll get it right the first time (yep, I learned my lesson).
If you're wondering what kind of apples to buy, get what you like to eat out of hand. Honey Crisps are delicious, but GINORMOUS! Granny Smiths are tart, but balance out the sweetness of the caramel. Red Delicious are pretty bland, but tend to be uniform in shape.
Decorate the apples with nuts, or candy or small bits of dried fruit ... or leave them plain, because they'll be delicious no matter what you do.
prep: 15 minutes
cook: 1 hour
- 6 medium apples
- 6 wooden craftsticks, chopsticks, or popsticks
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- 1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- chopped nuts, candy sprinkles, cranberries, coconut for decorating
let's get to it...
Line a baking sheet (or plate) that will fit into your refrigerator with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
Place apples in a colander and poor boiling hot water over them. Let cool for a minute and dry completely. Insert a stick in stem end of each apple and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Place in refrigerator.
Cook sugar, corn syrup, condensed milk, and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula or long wooden spoon, until temperature reaches 240° (remember, sugar will continue cooking). Immediately remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool for 1 to 2 minutes.
Dip apples into caramel, using a spoon or ladle to coat completely. Let excess drip back into the pan. Return to parchment paper. As soon as you've finished dipping the apples (about 10 to 15 minutes), dip the apples in the decorations and use your palm to press the decorations onto the apples. Let cool for 1 hour before serving.Get my top 10 tops for making caramel apples here
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