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Ooey Gooey Caramel Apples

October 14, 2015

I am a sucker for a good Caramel Apple!  We are fortunate enough to live in the heart of apple counrty and we have access to the best organic fresh picked apples. As soon as Fall rolls around, we are apple pickin’ and in the kitchen making and decorating our own Caramle Apples.

Today, I’m sharing my family’s favorite Caramel Apple recipe.  I make the caramel and the kids gather all the fun toppings!

How to make Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples aren’t as hard as you think!  I prefer to make my own caramel.  I love that I can add my own twist on flavors!  Vanilla, coconut extract, cinnamon….all equal total yumminess! Ready to dive in?

Heres’s what you need:
8-12 Apples (depending on size) washed and dried
1/4 cup of Butter
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1 cup of Light Corn Syrup
1 14oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tsp of Extract (vanilla, coconut, maple, rum or butterscotch to name a few)
If you decide to add a spice you can add a tsp of cinnamon, pumpkin spice or cloves.

Add all your ingredients except extract and spices to a 2 quart pot.

How to make Caramel Apples

Cook on a medium-low flame, stirring constantly until bubbling and a candy thermometer reads 250/soft ball stage.  Once it reaches this stage you will add your extract (and spices if desired).  Stir to completely incorperate.

How to make Caramel Apples

Remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool until the caramel thickens.  When the caramel is cooled (should be warm to the touch, too hot and it will slide off the apple, to cold and you can’t dip your apple) it’s time to dip and decorate!

I like to use organic apples because they dont have that waxy film on them.  That film tends to make the caramel slide off.  Make sure your apples are washed and dried and attach your sticks.  You can use heavy paper straws, pop sticks, popcicle sticks or wooden apple sticks. Now start dipping.  I like to double dip ;)  The more caramel the better!

Caramel Apples

You will want to add your toppings as soon as you pull the apple out.  My kids picked, peanuts, milk chocolate, orange candy coating, toffee bits, Halloween sprinkles and mini chocolate chips.

Caramel Apple Toppings

After dipping and decorating, place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to set.

Now here comes the fun part…EATING THEM!  Enjoy!

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