Homemade Caramel Apples
Your favorite apple dipped into a made from scratch thick, delicious caramel and then covered in your favorite toppings; a perfect fall treat or Halloween party snack!
What could possible speak the language of Fall more than Homemade Caramel Apples? Made pumpkin spice, apple cider, cool weather...who am I kidding? I LOVE Fall and these Homemade Caramel Apples are the kick off to the season in my eyes! So, today is a day to pretend calories don’t exist or matter. It’s time to get your sticky on!
Oh my goodness y’all Labor Day weekend is upon us. In my home this is the kick off to the Fall season. Bring on the cooler weather, football season, thick sweaters and good food! One of my household favorite things to make every September are these Homemade Caramel Apples. Miss Emma loves them and this year with her brother and her step-brother moving back home she is going to have to share. I foresee some fights in our future! Y’all would think that being 23, 18 and 14 years old the fights wouldn’t be that bad but let me tell ya...holy crap! Miss Emma can give a tongue lashing like no other. Secretly I am shocked and yet proud at the same time. She can for sure hold her own and she is quick on her feet with her arguments and justifications. Miss Emma does however need to learn to always fight fair. I believe that its her age but she sometimes hits below the belt; but that’s a whole entire other post. Let’s get back to Homemade Caramel Apples.
I just love the contrast of the sweet chewy caramel with the crisp tart apple! DELICIOUS! So, to celebrate fall, to serve as Halloween treats, or heck, just because – y’all have got to give this a try.
- 12 small to medium size green apples
- 12 popsicle sticks or caramel apple sticks
- Wax paper or parchment paper, for cooling
- 1 cup salted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Chopped Nuts
- Chocolate for melting (I used white chocolate and semi-sweet chips)
- Chopped/crushed candy bars and cookies and/or cinnamon sugar
- Prepare the apples by scrubbing them clean and drying well.
- Insert a stick into each apple and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
- Refrigerate at least one hour.
- Make the caramel: Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt, and stir using a rubber spatula.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk slowly, stirring well to incorporate.
- Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 235°F on a candy thermometer.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Let cool completely for about 10 minutes before dipping the apples.
- Dip each apple into the caramel, turning the apple around to coat all side; let the excess caramel drip off the apple, and scrape a knife across the bottom of each apple to remove the excess.
- If you are using nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles or something like that you will now dip the caramel covered apple in the nuts.
- Place the apples back on the baking sheet and let cool to room temperature.
- To drizzle chocolate on the apples: add the chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl with ½ tsp shortening.
- Microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
- To decorate, place chocolate in a Ziploc bag; cut a small part of the corner off the baggie and squeeze the chocolate out and drizzle it over the apples. Sprinkle with desired additional toppings.
- Let cool completely.