Halloween is almost here! What better way to celebrate the Halloween festivities than with some yummy caramel apples? Well, I sure couldn’t think of any better way, so let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Cup Butter
- 2 Cups packed brown sugar
- 1 Cup light corn syrup
- 1 Can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 apples (any kind works but I prefer Granny Smith or Cortland)
- 10 wooden sticks
- 3 Quart saucepan
- Candy thermometer
Alrighty, here we go! Start out by first completely melting the butter and brown sugar in your saucepan. After butter and sugar are completely melted, add the corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk while continuing to stir constantly. It may seem like we’re just dumping all of the ingredients in there, but be sure not to put the vanilla in yet! Putting the vanilla in now will make your caramel come to temperature too fast and it is important that you let it come to temperature on its own to ensure a nice creamy texture. Another side note: you MUST use a candy thermometer for this! A regular thermometer won’t be able to read up to the proper temperature and just trying to wing it and guess won’t work because you need to be precise about the temperature you heat the caramel to. Anyways…back to the good stuff…keep on stirring until the temperature reaches 230 degrees. This should take about thirty minutes. Make sure you stir THE ENTIRE TIME or the caramel will stick! We’re working off some calories so that we can eat the apples remember! Once the caramel has reached 230 degrees, it is now safe to stir in the vanilla. Remove your caramel from the heat and insert the wooden sticks into your apples. Popsicle sticks are not idle for this since they don’t pierce the apples too easily, but you can use them in a pinch. I prefer to use skewers or sharpened dowels (you can by a long thin one from your local craft store, cut to size, and sharpen using a pencil sharpener). Dip apples into warm caramel and set on a baking tray lined with wax paper to cool. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Add M&M’s, nuts, or cocoanut to your apples for a little extra zing! I find if you wait about 1-2 minutes for the apples to cool before rolling them in toppings it works best, since the caramel has a little time to set, but it is still sticky enough for the toppings to adhere. Have fun, and let me know how your apples turn out!