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!)
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!
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.
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.
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
great for 2 dozen apples or dip some and save some yummy caramel for later
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
Melt butter. In a heavy saucepan combine sugar, syrup, and butter over medium heat.
While on medium heat, bring mixture to a rolling boil.
Slowly pour milk in as you stir.
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.
The caramel will turn to a caramel color.
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.
Once at firm ball stage, take off heat and add vanilla.
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.
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.
4. Dip in melted caramel making sure to fully coat it.
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.
12. Save some for yourself and enjoy. You deserve it, you are fabulous, yes you are!!
Thanks Nicole for answering the question, “How Does She make the most incredible caramel apples thought previously to only be available in heaven?”