My mom and I were looking for something fun to do this past Sunday, and after putting our brilliant minds together, we decided to make some caramel apples. We headed out to a local apple orchard, grabbed some apples (and apple cider donuts!), and headed home to melt up some caramel.
Now, I usually just use the store-bought wrapped caramels for my caramel apples, but we were feeling especially crafty, so we decided to make our own caramel. It turned out delicious, but incredibly chewy…so if you have any false teeth, I wouldn’t recommend this recipe. (Or any caramel for that matter.) For toppings, we went simple with a chocolate drizzle and coarse sea salt. I enjoyed my apples with a little popcorn that evening…salty and sweet, my favorite combo!
- 6-8 apples (depending on how large they are and how much caramel you prefer!)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Sticks for apples
- Desired toppings
- Wash apples and skewer apples. Set aside
- In a medium saucepan, add sugar and corn syrup and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is melted.
- Continue stirring constantly until dark golden color, about 10 minutes. Drizzle in whipping cream, remove from heat, and stir until mixed. Let cool for 2-3 minutes.
- Pour caramel into a small bowl. Let caramel thicken until good dipping consistency (not too runny or it will all drip off).
- Dip apples, spinning to coat. Set on waxed paper to harden. If caramel hardens, place in microwave for 10-15 seconds.
- Immediately roll in toppings. If using chocolate drizzle, let caramel harden; then, holding apple, drizzle chocolate onto apple, spinning apple as you drizzle. Set aside to dry.
What’s your favorite caramel apple toppings?