Who DOESN’T love a caramel apple?! So, so good. But, even better when you make your OWN homemade caramel! It takes just as much time to unwrap all the little caramel candies as it does to make your own, so just do it! 😉
1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
Popsicle sticks, chopsticks, apple sticks, whatever kind of stick you can find!
1. Melt the butter. Then add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook on medium heat until it boils, about 10-12 minutes.
2. Scrub the apples very well, to get off all of the icky wax. If there is any on there, the caramel won’t stick! Then be sure to dry completely and add the sticks in, straight down the middle where the stem is. If it’s a long stem, you can pull it out.
3. When the mixture boils, add 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk. Stir in slowly. Then let cook on medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 248º F. If you don’t have a thermometer, it should take 15 minutes. Just base it off of what mine looks like! (Be very careful, the first time I did it, I burned myself on the caramel.)
4. When it reaches the correct temperature, turn the heat off and stir in the vanilla. Ready to dip!
5. Turn the apple slowly, or you will get bubbles. Only turn it once or twice, or you’ll have too much caramel. Let it drip off by holding it upside down and then right side up. Quickly coat with nuts, coconut, sprinkles, candy, etc. Then place on parchment paper – NOT wax paper!
If you’re doing a layer of chocolate on top, let the caramel cool and stick it in the fridge before putting a layer of chocolate on!
We made them look like pumpkins by adding red and yellow food dye to white sugar to turn it orange. Coated the apple with that sugar and once it was dry, we used candy writers to paint on the stem and face. They were adorable.
The caramel hardens quickly, so if after you dip 2 apples, you feel the caramel getting stiff in the pot, just put it back on the heat for a few seconds to turn it to liquid again.
That’s it! You can do it! Very simple and kids love it… especially eating it. It’s challenging to eat if you don’t cut it up!
Happy caramel apple-ing!! Send us pics if you do 🙂 The kids would love to see them!
Have a great week!