Make Caramel Apples from scratch

Monday, October 21, 2019 Food

Halloween is upon us ! What goes well with Halloween?

Thats right Caramel Apples from scratch !

A Delicious And Favorite Childhood Treat!

Lets Make Some !!

Caramel Apples from scratch are easy and a delicious and a favorite childhood treat, Dipped in delicious homemade caramel sauce, perfect for Halloween! I remember as a child I loved eating these. Sometime I would help make them just so I could be the first one to try them.

They are one of those things that are as much fun to make as they are to eat! 

 We kept making them simple , but you could easily dress them up with chopped nuts, raisins, M&Ms, or candy sprinkles.

What Kind of Apples Work Best?

For this you want an apple that is firm, tart, and crisp. Tart apples will  help balance the sweetness of the caramel. That said, feel free to experiment! If you have a favorite apple that you think will work well with caramel, try it, and let us know how it works for you in the comments.

 Caramel Apples

Making Caramel from Scratch

Many recipes just take caramel candies and melt them to make the caramel coating. I prefer to make the caramel sauce from scratch. The taste is phenomenal (no worries about what to do with the leftover sauce, it will get eaten up quickly) and it really isn’t hard to make.

It’s just sugar, butter, cream, corn syrup, molasses, vanilla, and salt. It comes together right on the stovetop.

In addition to the base ingredients, the one thing you do need is an accurate candy thermometer

or instant read thermometer A Word About Corn Syrup and Molasses

Why the corn syrup in the caramel? Corn syrup is an “invert sugar” that helps prevent the sugar in the caramel from crystallizing, and it also helps to soften the caramel. Dark corn syrup is bolder in flavor than light corn syrup, with molasses notes, so use it instead of light corn syrup if you can.

If you don’t have access to molasses, you can substitute the sugar and molasses with one cup and one tablespoon of dark brown sugar, packed.

Caramel Apples

Tips and Tricks for the Best Caramel Apples

  • Remove the wax coating: Apples from the store often have a wax coating on them which should be removed before attempting to coat them in caramel. To remove, dip the apples in boiling water mixed with a splash of vinegar for a few seconds, remove and thoroughly dry.
  • Make sure apples are dry: Caramel will stick to apples best if the fruit is dry and at room temperature.
  • Leave a little space near the top: Don’t completely submerge your apples in the caramel. The apples will naturally out-gas near the stem, and if they are covered with caramel, bubbles will form.
  • Doubling this recipe: This recipe will double easily. If you do that, use a 4-quart pot to make the sauce.

Make Ahead and Store

You can easily make ahead of time. The apples should not be stored at room temperature. Refrigerate them and store them chilled for up to two weeks. Let them come to room temperature to serve; the caramel will be more pliable at room temp and the apples easier to eat.