How to Make Your Own Caramel Apples
Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Apples are in season during the month of September. It won’t be long before you see caramel apples sold at the grocery stores. They always look so good! The price, however, isn’t usually so nice. You can save some money if you make your very own caramel apples.
Homemade Caramel Apple Recipe
It sounds so easy. Just add caramel to an apple, add a stick, and you are all set! Do you know how to make caramel? Cooking Light has an easy to follow recipe that will make 16 caramel apples. You will need:
* 16 wooden sticks
* 16 small apples (chilled)
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 1/2 cup light colored corn syrup
* 1/2 cup water
* 2 cups half-and-half
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 candy thermometer
Cooking Light recommends you push the sticks into the top of the chilled apples, and then put the apples back in the refrigerator. Leave them there until the caramel is ready.
Next, you need to make the caramel. Start by putting the sugar, corn syrup and water into a large saucepan. Boil it. Stir until it is dissolved. Then, boil it more until it turns a light golden color. This can take about 9 minutes.
After that, combine the half-and-half and the salt. Slowly stir that mixture into the pan. Boil this mixture until the candy thermometer reaches 235 degrees. Stir frequently. This can take 45 minutes.
When it is ready, remove it from the saucepan. Pour the caramel into a bowl that is sitting in a hot water bath. This will help prevent the caramel from stiffening up. Hold each apple by the stick and swirl it into the caramel. Place the caramel apples on a baking sheet that is lined with wax paper. You may want to return the caramel coated apples to the refrigerator in order to help them cool faster.
Some people prefer “plain” caramel apples – the ones that have nothing more than caramel added to them. A salted caramel apple is a popular choice. Others like to eat the fancier versions of this fall treat. If you are going to add stuff to your caramel apples, you need to plan ahead.
What would you like to add to your caramel apples? Some favorites include chocolate chips, sliced almonds, mini marshmallows, coconut flakes and M&Ms. Put each one of those items into its own bowl.
Roll a carmel coated apple into the ingredient of your choice right after the apple has been dipped into the caramel. You need to add things before the caramel has had the chance to harden.