How to Make Caramel Apples
Caramel apples are a staple to fall food, right? If you are going to a party, throwing a party, or just want to have fun with the kids then you HAVE to make caramel apples in the fall. Don’t you agree? Not only should you try our Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin cupcakes, you must make caramel apples. The best part… they are SO cheap to make because apples are cheap in the fall. Plus, you really don’t need a lot to make them!
- 6 Apples
- Sticks and if you want for decoration, decorated straws
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1/2 cup Corn Syrup
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 3/4 cup Chopped Peanuts (optional)
How to Make Caramel apples:
- Heat water in a pot until hot (but not boiling). Add 1 tsp of vinegar.
- Insert a stick into the stem end of each apple. I suggest these sticks because they are nice and sturdy. Dip apples in water and swirl to melt and remove any wax. Wipe with towel to dry and remove any remaining wax.
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.
- In a pan, add the 3/4 cup cream, corn syrup, butter and sugar. Cook to 245 ( this is firm ball stage). Remove from heat and carefully stir in the remaining cream and the vanilla. Be careful as it is very hot and it may splatter.
- Dip and twirl the apples in the caramel to coat. Let any excess drip off. You can then roll the dipped apple in the chopped nuts or even sprinkles. Place apples on the prepared cookie sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes to set caramel.
If you want, you can then add a decorative straw over the sticks to make the apples look gorgeous for your party display! All you have to do is cut them to size. It just makes them even cuter! Don’t you think? Here are a few of my favorites that would be perfect.
- Orange Polka Dot Paper Straws (2 dz)
- Orange Striped straws
- 50-Pack Vintage Halloween Paper Straws, Chevron, Orange/Black
Do you love making caramel apples?
Since you are already getting cheap apples, you might as well try my easy crockpot applesauce recipe. YUM!