The caramel apples you see in the store usually star apples that are too soft and caramel that is cloyingly sweet. Skip those and make these instead. This caramel is easy to make and is rich, creamy, gooey and not over-the-top sweet. For a bit of contrast to the sweet caramel, you can dip the bottom in salted peanuts.
Recipe courtesy of Zoe Francois
Caramel Apples
Total:
55 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
55 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 small apples
  • 1/2 cup crushed salted peanuts, optional

Directions

To make the caramel apples: 

Prepare a cookie sheet with a lightly buttered sheet of parchment, set aside. 

In a 2-quart saucepan, melt the butter, then add the brown sugar, corn syrup, honey and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture starts to boil. This can take about 10 minutes. 

Add the sweetened condensed milk and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 238 degrees F on a candy thermometer. 

Once the caramel reaches the right temperature, remove from the heat and allow it to cool to about 200 degrees F. It will begin to thicken as it cools. It should be thin enough to coat the apple, but thick enough to cling to the fruit. 

While the caramel is cooling, stick the lollipop or popsicle sticks into the apple. Make sure they are deep enough that they won't fall out while you are dipping the apples in the caramel. 

Dip the apples into the caramel. I like how they look when some of the apple is still showing, but you can completely cover them if you prefer. Hold the apple over the pot of caramel and allow some of the excess to drip off before placing them on the sheet of buttered parchment. 

If you want, dip the bottom in the crushed peanuts. 

Keep the apples in a cool, dry place and they will last for a few days, loosely covered with plastic.

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