Traditional Caramel Apples

By Maggie Saint John

The crisp air, cooler temperatures, and festivities make fall a beautiful season. When I was young, fall was always synonymous with family. During one of the busiest months of the year, my parents always encouraged, and required family activities on the weekend. Whether it was visiting a pumpkin patch, doing a hayride, or carving jack-o’-lanterns, weekend activities were always cherished in the midst of the chaotic month. My all time favorite family activity was making caramel apples the night before Halloween. These traditional Halloween delights are easy and fun to make, and will satisfy your sweet tooth this season.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped
  • 10 popsicle sticks
  • 10 medium apples

Directions:

  1. In a larger saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup. Cook and stir over heat until the mixture is at a boil. This will take about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Stir in the milk.
  4. Cook and stir mixture until candy thermometer reads 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Remove from the heat and add in vanilla.
  6. Insert a Popsicle stick in to each apple.
  7. Dip each apple into the caramel mixture. Turn the apple to ensure it is fully coated.
  8. Dip bottom of apples into peanuts.
  9. Place on waxed paper until apples have settled.

Tips and Tricks:

  • For a sugar overload, dip or drizzle the caramel covered apples in chocolate instead of peanuts!
Your festive fall feast is not complete without mini caramel apple bites. Using a melon baller, scoop out little ball sections of the apple. Dip them in caramel, stick a toothpick in the top and they are ready to be served!
Categories: Holidays, Recipes

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