Caramel Wha? Apples!

So the hubby and I went apple picking two weeks ago and came back with a half bushel of apples. For just the two of us, that was a lot of apples! But no fear, I searched far and wide for apple recipes and I apple’d the crap out of our kitchen. In this post, I’m going to share the caramel apple recipes – I made two kinds, caramel apple pie and caramel apple s’mores. Both are delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need for the Caramel Apple Pie:

1.  Homemade caramel coating

2.  Dowel rods

3.  Mini cinnamon chips

4.  Vanilla wafers, crushed

5.  White chocolate or white candy melt

And the list for the Caramel Apple S’mores:

1.  Homemade caramel coating

2.  Dowel rods

3.  Graham crackers, crushed

4.  Mini marshmallows

5.  Semi-sweet chocolate chips

First, the dowel rods. I just bought a pack of them from Walmart for 97 cents! Woohoo to deals. Then I just cut them in half with an exacto knife. Just make sure to go around the circumference and then you can just break the rod from there. You don’t have to slice all the way through. Next, make sure you have your toppings in line so you can easily dip your apple after coating right in. No time to crush those wafers or graham crackers or else the caramel will set and it won’t stick as well to your toppings.

Get all your apples cleaned and aligned too!

I found the recipe for the caramel coating on Taste of Home. It said it was enough for 10-12 apples, but I was able to make 14 apples out of it and also drizzle the rest on apple slices. Yum…

Caramel Apples

Yield:  enough for 12-14 apples

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • Dash salt
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12-14 dowel rods
  • 12-14 apples washed and dried
  • Your toppings!

Directions:

1.  Prepare apples by putting rod into apple top.
2.  In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
I took a photo of the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt mixture because it looks so weird. 

3.  Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. The mixture should caramelize a little by now. This is the mixture when you first put the brown sugar mixture in. It stays separate from the butter at first, but it will come together.

Now it’s boiling…


I’ve got my thermometer in there already.

4.  Stir in the milk.

5.  Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees (firm-ball stage). My thermometer actually has the words, “firm-ball” on it, so you can be sure you are there! 

6.  Remove from the heat, and stir in the vanilla.

7.  Have your setup ready. 

8.  Then dip each apple into the hot caramel mixture and turn to coat.

9.  Dip apples in your toppings of choice.
Place on parchment paper until set.

Click to Print Caramel Apple Recipe!

Then after the toppings set for a little, I melted the chocolate and drizzled it on using my squeeze tubes.

Then you have a whole line of caramel apples.

Oh so good! Trying a little something different with the final photo:

Happy Fall!

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