Monday, October 5, 2015

Caramel Apples

My kids love caramel apples.  As soon as there is a hint of fall in the air they beg for them.  

The most important rule for caramel apples is preparation.  You need the apples room temperatures, washed, dried, and Popsicle sticks inserted BEFORE you make the caramel.
 Caramel Apples
Adapted from Carnival Caramel Apples

1/2 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
a dash of salt
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
10-12 Popsicle sticks
10-12 medium tart apples, prepped (I love Granny Smiths!)

Decorations like gummy worms, gummy bears, sprinkles, candy corn, peanuts, chocolate, etc (optional)

Prep your apples by washing and drying them, and inserting Popsicle sticks.  Make sure they are at room temperature or the caramel will not stick!

Mix the first four ingredients in a small saucepan.  Stir constantly on medium heat for about 10 minutes.  Stir in sweetened condensed milk and cook until it reaches 248 degrees or firm ball stage. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.   

 Now dip the apples one by one and swirl to cover them.

 Set to dry on a Silpat or on wax paper.  Now let your kids add decorations!