I have been searching for a good homemade caramel recipe for caramel apples. Now, I must say that the method of making them using those pre-wrapped caramels just doesn’t do it for me. I wanted to find a good caramel that would coat my apples and taste like the ones you buy from places like Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
Now obviously if you want to go all out you could also cover these babies with chocolate, nuts, candy, cookies bits, etc and make those fabulous gourmet apples. However, I like the simple version, just covered in just plain old ooey gooey chewy caramel. However, if you must cover them with other things, I have provided a few links below the recipe to give you some inspiration on how to accomplish that.
I have to say my most favorite part of a caramel apple is the bottom. I love that extra caramel you get as it drips down to the bottom and puddles there. This caramel is just what I was looking for. I found the recipe at Taste of Home.
Now a couple things I did learn that I need to share with you.
- Apples need to be at room temperature to coat them or the caramel may not stick.
- If you put the apples in the fridge that caramel gets too hard. You must eat these caramel apples at room temperature. You can refrigerate them if you want, just bring them back to room temperature before you eat them.
- When you dip the apples in the caramel, turn them slowly. If you turn them too fast it will create bubbles in the caramel on your apples.
- If you don’t have sticks for your apples, you can also use chopstick. You could even use a fork if you needed too also.
- I made 10 apples and had leftover caramel. I poured the leftover caramel onto a well greased dish and saved it to eat by itself. We just cut it into pieces and ate it.
Try this recipe and enjoy a fall classic. Here are a few fun ways to decorate your apples.
- Taste of Home has caramel apples decorated with candy to make ghoulish faces.
- My recipes has a them decorated with all kinds of candies like gummy worms, Reese’s Pieces, cinnamon candies, etc.
- My recipes shows different was to decorate them with chocolate and sprinkles.
- King Arthur Baking Co shows a bunch of was to decorate and dip the apples in chocolate.
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- Dash salt
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 to 12 Popsicle sticks
- 10 to 12 medium tart apples, washed and dried
- In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter; add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
- Insert Popsicle sticks into apples. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat. Set on greased waxed paper to cool. Yield: 10-12 apples.