Apples are back in heaven again!

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posted on October 28, 2010 by  |  posted under Christmas, Desserts, Halloween, Recipes

carmel apples white chocolate

Okay all you caramel loving fans…you asked for a recipe for caramel apples to go along with the caramel dip I shared, so I found you one!  I think it was meant to be.  I had just published the apples dipped in HEAVEN post (and moved) when I got a knock at my front door and who was there?  A friendly neighbor welcoming me into the neighborhood with nothing other than three of most delectible looking caramel apples I have ever seen!  Now that you trust me about the caramel dip, you gotta believe me when I tell you…You NEED to make and try one of these!

Let me introduce you to my new neighbor, Nicole.   (You are aware that by sharing this with you I will no longer receive little packages of goodness on my front door because all my neighbors will be scared I might do a howdoesshe on them…oh well, you will thank me!)

 carmel apples white chocolate

Hi I am Nicole.  In our house our favorite childrens book is; The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.   Often when we  read that book I find myself relating to the cute little caterpillar eating my way through life trying everything on my path.  I LOVE TO EAT!!!    So naturally that is what I named my recipe blog, theveryhungrycaterpillar.blogspot.com.
I come from a family obsessed with food.  My dad is 100% Italian and so are his parents.  (funny how that works, huh) .  I  look just like my grandmother did when she was younger and like no one else in our family. We have always held a special bond.  She is a wonderful woman for many reasons, but she also makes the most delicious food I have ever tasted.  So I want to carry her legacy of being the best cook in the family. I take every opportunity to get in the kitchen with her and learn her Italian ways.  So here I am on my quest…To cook like my grandma and be the best cook in the family… well, I will settle for second best!

Five Fun Facts

1.I am slightly addicted to the color green…  just ask my closet
2. I have red curly hair and since I was two I thought it was my life long destiny to play Annie on Broadway…only problem is I can’t carry a tune in a bucket
3. I talk on the phone for hours everyday to anyone who will listen- always have- probably always will.
4.  I am way too cheap to pay retail price for anything.  You’ll find me at garage sales most Saturday mornings.
5.  I am an aspiring Popeye and eat at least 1 pound of raw spinach everyday.

Super Hero Power

 I think I would love to read peoples minds and know  their secrets and every little detail they are really thinking, but not telling me…..wait a minute… then I might realize somethings are better not said, like wow her butt looks huge in those jeans :)  Oh well, I guess I will go on being normal. sort of normal.

Years ago while visiting my cousin in Seattle she served us these apples from rocky mountain chocolate factory I could not get enough, but at $8 each and 3 times as much from stores like Williams and Sonoma and Harry and David that was too spendy for me.  So what is a creative and frugal girl to do… make them myself!!  I knew I could make them for much cheaper and be just as good, if not better because they were made with love .
I experimented and figured out it was easy to do, It does take some time, but if you don’t have it there are short cuts to take.   Now they are a staple in our home very fall.
This week for family night we made these to share with new neighbors who just moved in to welcome them and wish them a happy fall.. This is a classic fall treat that everyone enjoys! I hope you do too.

Ingredients:

12 large, tart apples (You can use red apples but I like the contrast of the tart granny smith with the sweet caramel and chocolate)
Homemade caramel – or 2 bags Kraft caramels if you are short on time
2 bags white chocolate chips  1 T oil for thinning and it helps the chocolate set faster. ( I like a nicer brand like guittard, or white chocolate melting chocolate from a candy or baking supply store. Our Win-Co actually sells it is in bulk it is called white chocolate melty. it works great. I use about 1 and a half pounds.)
1/2 cup sugar mixed cinnamon to taste usually about 1-2 teaspoons
Popsicle/ craft sticks
Cellophane bags for wrapping
Ribbon for tying and decorating
Any cute tags to attach

Caramel Recipe

great for 2 dozen apples or dip some and save some yummy caramel for latercarmel apples white chocolate
4 cups of sugar
1 can of evaporated milk
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of unsalted butter
1 tsp. of Vanilla
2 cups of light corn syrup

Instructions:

Melt butter. In a heavy saucepan combine sugar, syrup, and butter over medium heat.

carmel apples white chocolate

While on medium heat, bring mixture to a rolling boil.

Slowly pour milk in as you stir.

carmel apples white chocolate

It takes a while at this point. I thought it would never quite get to the right temperature, but just keep stirring. Slow and steady wins the race, do not raise your temperature.

carmel apples white chocolate

The caramel will turn to a caramel color.

carmel apples white chocolate

Cook to a firm ball stage (Drop a little of this syrup in cold water and it will form a firm ball, one that won’t flatten when you take it out of the water, but remains malleable and will flatten when squeezed.) or 240-245 degrees.

carmel apples white chocolate

Once at firm ball stage, take off heat and add vanilla.

carmel apples white chocolate

Stir constantly. Let it cool for five to ten minutes and then test an apple.
Tip1: have all these ingredients ready and pre measured so you do not burn caramel. It works best with a candy thermometer, nice ones are great, but a cheap one from the grocery store will do the job as well.
Tip2:  once sugar has dissolved to syrup do not re introduce new sugar, it will crystallize.  Keep the sides of your pan and utensils clean.

1. Wash and dry apples.

carmel apples white chocolate

Keep apples cold, it works much better. I do an ice bath before then dry them off before dipping or just store in cold fridge beforehand
2. In a medium to large saucepan make caramel or melt caramel according to package directions
3. Put popsicle stick in the apple.

carmel apples white chocolate

4. Dip in melted caramel making sure to fully coat it.

carmel apples white chocolate

Let it drip drip drip then take a knife to scrape off the bottom so you do not have a large foot of caramel when dried.
5. Place on parchment or wax paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray heavily or a great non stick cookie sheet sprayed with oil or smeared butter.
6. Cool in the fridge until caramel is set up. 2-3 hours is best.
7. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals. You can add a little shortening or veg oil if the mixture is too thick.

carmel apples white chocolate
8. Coat the apple with the chocolate.

carmel apples white chocolate

Again drip drip drip and then scrape excess off.
9. Sprinkle it with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
carmel apples white chocolate

10. Cool completely in the fridge.
11. Wrap up pretty and give them to unsuspecting neighbors, they will love you forever!
carmel apples white chocolate

12. Save some for yourself and enjoy.  You deserve it, you are fabulous, yes you are!!
Happy Fall!

Amazing Caramel Apples

Amazing Caramel Apples

Ingredients

  • 12 large, tart apples (You can use red apples but I like the contrast of the tart granny smith with the sweet caramel and chocolate)
  • Homemade caramel – or 2 bags Kraft caramels if you are short on time
  • 2 bags white chocolate chips 1 T oil for thinning and it helps the chocolate set faster. ( I like a nicer brand like guittard, or white chocolate melting chocolate from a candy or baking supply store. Our Win-Co actually sells it is in bulk it is called white chocolate melty. it works great. I use about 1 and a half pounds.)
  • 1/2 cup sugar mixed cinnamon to taste usually about 1-2 teaspoons
  • Popsicle/ craft sticks
  • Cellophane bags for wrapping
  • Ribbon for tying and decorating
  • Any cute tags to attach

Instructions

  1. Melt butter. In a heavy saucepan combine sugar, syrup, and butter over medium heat.
  2. While on medium heat, bring mixture to a rolling boil.
  3. Slowly pour milk in as you stir.
  4. It takes a while at this point. I thought it would never quite get to the right temperature, but just keep stirring. Slow and steady wins the race, do not raise your temperature.
  5. Cook to a firm ball stage (Drop a little of this syrup in cold water and it will form a firm ball, one that won’t flatten when you take it out of the water, but remains malleable and will flatten when squeezed.) or 240-245 degrees.
  6. Once at firm ball stage, take off heat and add vanilla.
  7. Stir constantly. Let it cool for five to ten minutes and then test an apple.
  8. Tip1: have all these ingredients ready and pre measured so you do not burn caramel. It works best with a candy thermometer, nice ones are great, but a cheap one from the grocery store will do the job as well.
  9. Tip2: once sugar has dissolved to syrup do not re introduce new sugar, it will crystallize. Keep the sides of your pan and utensils clean.
  10. Wash and dry apples.
  11. Keep apples cold, it works much better. I do an ice bath before then dry them off before dipping or just store in cold fridge beforehand
  12. In a medium to large saucepan make caramel or melt caramel according to package directions
  13. Put popsicle stick in the apple.
  14. Dip in melted caramel making sure to fully coat it.
  15. Let it drip drip drip then take a knife to scrape off the bottom so you do not have a large foot of caramel when dried.
  16. Place on parchment or wax paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray heavily or a great non stick cookie sheet sprayed with oil or smeared butter.
  17. Cool in the fridge until caramel is set up. 2-3 hours is best.
  18. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals. You can add a little shortening or veg oil if the mixture is too thick.
  19. Coat the apple with the chocolate.
  20. Again drip drip drip and then scrape excess off.
  21. Sprinkle it with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  22. Cool completely in the fridge.
  23. Wrap up pretty and give them to unsuspecting neighbors, they will love you forever!
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 Thanks Nicole for answering the question, “How Does She make the most incredible caramel apples thought previously to only be available in heaven?”

carmel apples white chocolate

47 Comments
COMMENTS
  1. October 28th, 2010 at 6:19 am
    Amanda@The Hand Me Down House says:
    Love Love LOVE this idea, Missy! I can't wait to hand these out....and eat some myself! :)
    .-= Amanda@The Hand Me Down House´s last blog ..Historic Places from our Road Trip =-.
  2. October 28th, 2010 at 8:24 am
    Lisa says:
    Oh Yum! I am definately going to have to try these!
  3. October 28th, 2010 at 8:27 am
    Brittney says:
    SO gonna make me a batch of these!! I love carmel apples and to make your own carmel is fantastic!! Thanks SO much for sharing!!
    .-= Brittney´s last blog ..Pictures of what I've been working on =-.
    • November 8th, 2010 at 9:13 am
      Brittney says:
      I made these for my girls teachers for Halloween and I got rave reviews! They LOVED them and were SO happy to have them as their own treat on Halloween! Thanks SO much for sharing!! If you'd like to see them go to http://thethingsimake.blogspot.com/2010/10/carmel-apples.html and see them!! Thanks again!
      Brittney
      .-= Brittney´s last blog ..Crocheted hat =-.
  4. October 28th, 2010 at 8:28 am
    Celeste says:
    This is awesome! I am totally addicted to Rocky Mountain carameled apples too! I have been craving one and bought all the stuff to make them but have not been able to find a recipe I thought measured up. Thanks so much! You guys rock! :)
  5. October 28th, 2010 at 9:30 am
    Nesleirbag says:
    Simple ingredients - fabulous results! I think this is an instance when you really cannot "gild the lily" too much! Instead of white chocolate, you could use milk or dark - instead of cinnamon sugar, nuts or toffee bits, etc.
    What a great post! Nicole is adorable and looks and sounds like she would be a wonderful person to know!
  6. October 28th, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    Monica says:
    Wow, these look amazing!!! yum! Thanks for sharing!! What a great neighbor! =)
    .-= Monica´s last blog ..Play With Your Makeup for Halloween! =-.
  7. October 28th, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    nicole says:
    Thanks Missy for sharing my apples with everyone. I think you did a fantastic job making the apples look as good as they taste. I hope your readers enjoy making them as much as I do.
    Nicole
    http://theveryhungrycaterpillar.blogspot.com/
    .-= nicole´s last blog ..Apples dipped in Heaven =-.
  8. October 28th, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    Shelley says:
    Missy, you made these?! And didn't bring me one?! Shame on you. ;) --I guess I'll have to MAKE THEM MYSELF. Thanks for the recipe Nicole! :)
    • October 28th, 2010 at 2:48 pm
      Missy says:
      Shelley,
      I wish I could claim these. I just took pictures and watched the master in action. It didn't look too hard, though - you really should make some. Em came over while I was eating mine so I gave her a (very small) bite, now she is having dreams about it. They are that good.
  9. October 28th, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    linda says:
    These look great. Nicole is darling, her food blog looks good too I just joined to follow it too. Thanks for sharing her and her apples!
  10. October 28th, 2010 at 2:58 pm
    stacy says:
    I love caramel apples and have always wanted to figure out how to make them myself. Know I can! Hurray!!! Thank you for the step by step instructions. I am excited to try this recipe~
  11. October 28th, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    Mindy says:
    These look amazing! I remember seeing them at your house and wanting them. I guess I'll just have to make my own.
  12. October 28th, 2010 at 3:46 pm
    Rina says:
    These were so yummy! She is very good at cooking!
  13. October 28th, 2010 at 4:26 pm
    pennymck says:
    Mmmmmm!!! Gotta try them this weekend! It will be MY halloween treat.
  14. October 28th, 2010 at 6:02 pm
    Kaela says:
    Mmm, love it. I just made that caramel dip again today, now I have something else to make.
  15. October 28th, 2010 at 9:50 pm
    Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:
    Caramel apples are my absolute favorite and I agree, they are too expensive to buy at the gourmet candy shops. I prefer homemade :) Great looking apple!!!
    .-= Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}´s last blog ..little ghost cupcake =-.
  16. October 29th, 2010 at 12:59 am
    jem@freshapples says:
    Wow..I love apples. Thanks, I'll start working on this recipes. yummmy
    .-= jem@freshapples´s last blog ..Anjolee Adds Features to Website that Revolutionizes the Way Consumers Order Diamond Jewelry Online =-.
  17. October 29th, 2010 at 9:02 am
    Tami Higbee says:
    Wow! Yummy! Any way to get a printable copy of that?
    .-= Tami Higbee´s last blog ..And yet another =-.
    • October 29th, 2010 at 11:52 am
      Nicole says:
      HI Tami, I just saw your comment. I have a printer friendly recipe here
      https://sites.google.com/site/nicolescaterpillar/gourmet-white-chocolate-cinnamon-caramel-apples?tmpl=%2Fsystem%2Fapp%2Ftemplates%2Fprint%2F&showPrintDialog=1
      .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Apples dipped in Heaven =-.
  18. October 30th, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    Brandi @ Tweedle Dee Designs says:
    These look delicious and so much fun!
    .-= Brandi @ Tweedle Dee Designs´s last blog ..Cupcake ♥ Love Chocolate Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Cupcakes =-.
  19. October 30th, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    Emily says:
    These apples look delicious! Can't wait to make them. Thanks Nicole for sharing your recipe!
  20. November 1st, 2010 at 5:14 pm
    Lauren says:
    I made these this weekend and they were FABULOUS!!! This is my new favorite candied apple recipe... I hope to make it every fall. I was so proud of myself for even making the caramel from scratch which I think makes the apples taste even better!
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Project 2 - Family Room =-.
  21. November 1st, 2010 at 8:05 pm
    Celeste says:
    I just made these! Mmm Good! So amazing!
  22. November 2nd, 2010 at 9:07 am
    allison says:
    Yum!! these look so good cant wait to make them!! I went to the hungry caterpillar blog and I love your recipes!! I cant wait to try more of those too! Also how do you do your hair like that its super cute?!! Thanks!
  23. November 2nd, 2010 at 10:19 am
    Anna says:
    I made these for my friend's daughter's birthday and all the kids loved them. I took a few to work and they got devoured there too. The last one I took to my sister's house and we split it with her friend as an after dinner treat. yummy! Thank you so much for sharing this super easy and fantastic recipe.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Halloween Cupcake Contest and Tiramisu Cupcakes =-.
  24. November 3rd, 2010 at 3:30 am
    Betty Bake says:
    oh my - that look sooo delicious!!!
    .-= Betty Bake´s last blog ..Things that make me smile =-.
  25. November 3rd, 2010 at 10:08 pm
    Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff says:
    Ummm Yes, please....
    Those look soooo sinfully good!
    .-= Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff´s last blog ..FREE PRINTABLE Fall Baked Goods From The Kitchen Of Labels =-.
  26. November 7th, 2010 at 9:24 am
    Sherry says:
    Making my first caramel apples today using your recipe. These sounds so scrumptious -- can hardly stand the wait. I'm not a big taffy apple gal but this recipe has changed me 'tude. Thanks for posting!
  27. November 10th, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    Linda says:
    Oh I love these. Great post. That recipe blog the very hungry caterpillar too. Thanks for sharing
  28. November 15th, 2010 at 9:16 pm
    ingrid says:
    Looks good and I bet tastes even better. I made apple pie caramel apples this year and the kids loved them. I only wish my caramel stuck to the apples better. Its a little similar to the one I used but I'm going to try yours next time.
    ~ingrid
    .-= ingrid´s last blog ..Flourless Chocolate Cake With Spiced Cranberry Sauce =-.
  29. November 17th, 2010 at 6:13 pm
    Holli says:
    I made these apples today...and my white chocolate cracked as soon as they started drying. It stays on, but the white chocolate on each apple has one crack down the side. What did I do wrong?? Thanks for the yummy recipe! I know they'll still be delicious...but not as pretty, especially as a gift!
  30. October 30th, 2011 at 11:35 pm
    Kasey B says:
    I made these today and I'm pretty new to the kitchen, my white chocolate slid down the sides of all of the apples. What did I do wrong? Mine look nothing like the picture. lol Live and learn. Thanks for the recipe I'll keep at it!
  31. October 6th, 2012 at 2:33 pm
    Jaime Jenkins says:
    What did you use to wrap the apples to give away?
    • October 15th, 2012 at 12:58 pm
      Missy says:
      She used some cellophane bags
  32. October 13th, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    Andrea says:
    I know this post is 2 years old, but thanks to Pinterest I would like to try it, but your instructions are incomplete. You list sweetened condensed milk as an ingredient, but never mention it in the instructions. So do you add it with the sugars or the milk? Please reply. Thanks!
    • October 15th, 2012 at 12:57 pm
      Missy says:
      Add the sweetened milk at the same time as the canned milk
  33. October 25th, 2012 at 7:11 am
    Pam says:
    Can this be put in the crock pot after made for a "make your own" apple party? If so, any tips?
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