Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples Recipe


Placerville, California is apple country. This time of year, apple farms line nearby country roads and all manner of apple products are sold - apple pies, dumplings, fritter, ciders, doughnuts, sauces, cookies, and of course...caramel apples. On our drive from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe last weekend Wayne, Jennifer, and I pulled over in Placerville to have a picnic lunch at one of the local wineries nestled in the Sierra foothills. On our round-about way back to the highway we also visited a couple of the local apple-centric attractions. It was just the reminder I needed. For years I've wanted to do a new caramel apple recipe for my site. I thought I might be able to do a version using apples, honey, cream, and salt. That's it. No white sugar, no corn syrup, and no melting of Kraft caramel squares.

Caramel Apple Recipe

I also wanted to avoid a few of the caramel apple pitfalls that have tripped me up in the past. For example, I needed the caramel to stay on the apple. Lots of people, myself included, have had trouble with caramel not setting on their apples. I decided to use the technique I use to make my favorite caramels - the honey-sweetened caramel gives the apples a beautiful, opaque, golden coat and tastes rich, chewy, and decadent.

Caramel Apple Recipe

A few things you should know before you start. You need a candy thermometer. I have one from Whole Foods Market that cost me about $4 - works fine. But I'm going to admit, this time around I used my infrared thermometer gun. Either way, a thermometer is important because the key to this caramel recipe is achieving a good set, you want your caramel to be able to hold a shape once it cools. To make this happen you need to heat the ingredients to a very specific temperature. I know it all sounds precise and fussy, and to a certain extent it is, but really all you're doing here is putting a very short list of ingredients together in a pot, and bringing the temperature up, up, up into what is considered "hard ball" territory 255F - 260F degrees. If you don't heat the caramel enough, it will likely run off the apple, but alternately if you go too hot the caramel will be difficult to bite into, and will have more of a tendency to peel off the apple.

The shot up above was taken by Jennifer Jeffrey on our Sunday morning, Sierra Mtn. stroll.

 
 
 
 

Caramel Apple Recipe

Please be careful when making caramel apples, you will be working with dangerously hot, sticky, ingredients - I always put on an apron and make sure I have a closed-toed pair of shoes on when making candy. Be extra, extra careful if you have kids around. On the ingredient front, I typically go for a mild clover honey when making caramels.

6 - 8 small apples, unwaxed, cold
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup honey

Special equipment: candy thermometer, and lollipop sticks

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Push a lollipop or popsicle stick deep into each apple - in through the stem.
Fill a large bowl 1/2 full with ice water and set aside.

In a medium, thick-bottomed saucepan heat the cream and salt until tiny bubbles start forming where the milk touches the pan - just before a simmer. Stir in the honey. Bring the mixture to a boil. Now reduce the heat to an active simmer and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for about 15-20 minutes minutes or until the mixture reaches about 255-260F degrees. To stop the caramel from cooking, very, very carefully set the bottom of the saucepan in the bowl of cold water you prepared earlier - taking special care not to get any of the water in the caramel mixture. Stir until caramel begins to thicken up - you want the caramel to be thin enough that it will easily coat your apples, but not so thin that it will run right off. If the caramel thickens too much simply put the pot back over the burner for 10 seconds or so to heat it up a bit.

I tilt my sauce pan so all the caramel forms a pool on one side, and use my other hand to dunk and twirl each apple until it is thoroughly coated with caramel. Place each apple on the parchment lined baking sheets and allow the caramel to cool and set.

Makes 6 - 8 caramel apples.

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saudade
October 15, 2008

Very recent reader of your blog, and first time posting. Thank you thank you thank you for this simple and timely recipe! I love caramel apples, but rarely eat them because of the nasty ingredients. This is perfect.

 

WOW! These pictures are amazing and make something so simple look so good. What a great treat this will be for the upcoming holidays - thanks!!

 

Hilary
October 15, 2008

I found your blog through iGoogle and have been watching it for the last few months. While not a vegetarian, I love the ideas that you come up with and have been thinking about incorporating some of them as side dishes.

I love this idea, and I am going to try your meringue ghosts that I found earlier this weekend.

The pictures are always gorgeous. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

~Hilary

 

cookeatrun
October 15, 2008

the epitome of autumn!! :) love your pictures, by the way.. do you shoot outside or by a window?


HS: It depends - mostly inside, using natural light, but sometimes I shoot outside too...This post is a bit out of date, but there are some food photography tips that might help :)

 

hilary
October 15, 2008

Yum. I just wrote a post about apple picking too!

 

Lauren Denneson
October 15, 2008

I love the flavor combination of caramel and apple! If I want to make a caramel dipping sauce for apple slices, would I simply heat the mixture to a lower temperature?
Thanks!

 

Michele
October 15, 2008

We were just up at Apple Hill last Sunday too. For the first time we had the Apple Cider doughnuts. So, so worth the 30 minute wait.

We picked about 10lbs of Granny Smiths, .....apple crisp here we come!

 

Tai
October 15, 2008

What kind of apples are you using? Honey crisp? pink lady? I never used a "red" apple for caramel apples. Too pithy. But the two i mentioned are my favorite and not mealy at all...what a good idea!
I live in Sacramento to I get the best of the bay and the snow. Hour away from both! I'm sooo lucky...


HS: Hi Tai, I believe these were Rome Beauty apples.

 

Marjy
October 15, 2008

I can't wait to try this with our CSA apples! Do you think it would hold well as a dip for cut apples,too?

HS: yes! I think it'd be great.

 

Marissa
October 15, 2008

oh yum. by the way it's super weird for me to see red apples in there I guess in my experience of caramel apples it's always been green or yellow, weird I know since I'm sure that's just my own weirdness but I did take a double take

 

Aim
October 15, 2008

Yum! I have to try these :)

 

Sophie
October 16, 2008

These look delicious!

I've never tried making toffee apples before as I had a feeling there must be some technical wizardry involved in making sure that the toffee stayed in the right place. How nice to have somebody else go through all the hard work of figuring out how best to do it :-)

 

Fenke
October 16, 2008

can you also just make candys with this recipe?

 

Cate
October 16, 2008

Yumola!, as my kids would say. I cannot wait to make these with my little cooking students. Just guessing that they'll be a huge hit!

 

Hannah S-Q
October 16, 2008

Gorgeous. I love the use of alternative sweeteners. They can be unusual and deep in flavor. I wonder if I could substitute some of the honey for muscavado sugar or other deep brown/unfiltered sugar. Seems like that would produce a sort of natural, butterscotch flavor.

Hmm. Now I am going to have to try this! Of course, I may have to wait a couple weeks. Still recovering from all the rich food I made at my husband's birthday party last weekend.

Gracias,
Hannah

 

Alanna @ A Veggie Venture
October 16, 2008

re the infra-red thermometer, is it a replacement/substitute for a probe or does it only work on the surface of foods? I'd love to know more about this - the Amazon specs are full of technical stuff but I still can't figure out what to DO with it, when it would be used.

PS St. Louis has a famous caramel apple - they sell for $5 or $6 apiece. And they're not even so good! Yours look fabulous, love the honey idea.

HS: Hi Alanna, it is a replacement. Imagine a gun, point it at something, pull the trigger and it shoots an infrared beam at whatever you are pointing at. The temperature is displayed on the device. It's pretty great - and fun.

 

Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet
October 16, 2008

What a beautifully natural recipe! I tried something similar to make caramel corn when I was living in Ghana. There I had to rely on honey rather than corn syrup because corn syrup simply wasnt available. The fortunes of necessity. But caramel making is a delicate and tricky task and that "hard ball" stage crept up on me and then nearly went too far into burning.

Kudos on a great looking recipe. Perhaps I'll try it again with the aid of a thermometer :)

 

meliSsa
October 16, 2008

awesome!! loving these seasonal recipes. its a perfectly blustery fall day in upstate ny, might have to give these a try this afternoon.

 

Aaron Kagan
October 16, 2008

Way to replace Kraft with craft. www.teaandfood.blogspot.com


 

Andi
October 16, 2008

Perfect timing! My friends and I are about to make a trip up to North Georgia apple country for an apple festival. I really like the idea of a caramel without white sugar and can't wait to try this. (PS - we made your caramels last Christmas - we had a marathon baking evening and had too much wine by the time we got to the candies, so we didn't make them properly, but boy was the big pan of gooey caramel good!)

 

Betsy
October 16, 2008

How funny! My girls and I were in South Lake and Apple Hill last Sunday too. Yours is my mother's recipe for carmel and though I like Kraft squares, this recipe is easy and WORTH it. I made a mountain pie after returning home. Always inspired on Apple Hill.

 

Marie
October 16, 2008

I fell asleep last night thinking I wanted to make caramel apples for a gathering with friends this weekend, and woke up to this post! Perfect - thank you for all of the beautiful recipes.

 

sam
October 16, 2008

I was thinking about making toffee apples with local ingredients - and now i don't have to experiment with how that might work - thanks Heidi!

 

Russell T
October 16, 2008

These look amazing! I just went apple picking this weekend and have been looking for new things to do with all that I brought home with me. Is there anyway to do this with soy cream/milk?

 

Anonymous
October 16, 2008

Beautiful! The photo reminds me of our recent trip to Eve's Cidery in upstate New York. I love the harvest season.

 

Chloe
October 16, 2008

these are gorgeous! i love the use of simple, natural ingredients. i was also wondering if soy creamer would work?

 

TMonster
October 16, 2008

Love the idea of making a fruit dip with this recipe!

I made the baked artichoke dip for the first time last night for an impromptu debate and project runway finale watching gathering at my place. It got great reviews from my girl friends and it was a snap to pull together quickly in between work and straightening up my apartment. A great healthy version to be repeated for sure.

I made the ultimate veggie burgers earlier in the week but had a little trouble with them. The middles seemed uncooked with while the outsides were getting burnt. Need to try these again.

 

TMonster
October 16, 2008

Love the idea of making a fruit dip with this recipe!

I made the baked artichoke dip for the first time last night for an impromptu debate and project runway finale watching gathering at my place. It got great reviews from my girl friends and it was a snap to pull together quickly in between work and straightening up my apartment. A great healthy version to be repeated for sure.

I made the ultimate veggie burgers earlier in the week but had a little trouble with them. The middles seemed uncooked with while the outsides were getting burnt. Need to try these again.

 

Dee
October 16, 2008

Thanks for posting a recipe with ingredients we can pronounce! Is it possible to store them and if so, how and for how long?

 

Columbia Foodie
October 16, 2008

Oh stunning! Taking advantage of the apples of the season is a most, get your kids to the orchard and start picking!

 

smorgasbroad
October 16, 2008

WOOF. looks fantastic.

 

mrs.c
October 16, 2008

Did anyone actually cook this caramel or taste it? I think the idea with recipes is to try them and then post your opinion.

 

Lisa
October 16, 2008

Hi Heidi,

Following up on the question above regarding infrared thermometers, they read the surface temperature only.

(I have some esoteric knowledge on this front because I used to work in the marketing department for one of the manufacturers.)

Re: the comment from mrs. c

I too wish more people would post after they tried the recipe. Obviously there's not much you can do about this Heidi!

 

EMZ
October 16, 2008

I just made the caramel today! I wanted to make candies, rather than dip apples. I used chestnut honey and sprinkled the pieces with more salt. Delicious! The chestnut honey flavor (intense, burnt-sugar-like) did come through, which I liked a lot.
I will say it took closer to an hour to get to 260 degrees, but the resulting slab of caramel was glossy, not too sticky, and pleasantly chewy. I may resoften a small slab for dipping apple slices later.

 

jessie
October 16, 2008

I make at least one of your recipes every week (I started reading just a few months ago so I have a very delicious backlog). THANK YOU.

Can't wait to try this. I tried to shortcut carmel apples once, because I hate making candy. Turns out I hate bad carmel apples more... A bakery in San Diego makes them with gingersnap and chocolate biscuit crumbs. Yummy.

 

Purely_C
October 16, 2008

I too am a long-time admirer of your recipes. Your website is always giving me new ideas on how to make healthy choices a/b my diet.

re: thermometres -- is it possible to use a meat one?

 

Purely_C
October 16, 2008

I too am a long-time admirer of your recipes. Your website is always giving me new ideas on how to make healthy choices a/b my diet. The beautiful food shots make it all more enticing as well.

re: thermometres -- is it possible to use a meat one?

 

S
October 16, 2008

I was wondering if one could sub-out the honey for agave nectar. Do you think the proportions would be the same? I just don't care for the taste of honey...
Thanks!

 

Amanda Boyce
October 16, 2008

I used to go up to Placerville as a kid to pick apples and enjoy the small town. I love how homey vibe that town has, and the apple farms are awesome. Now, I will gladly admit that I adore caramel apples but after looking at the ingredient list, I tried to stay away from them. But you've given me a nice excuse to dip away :) I think I'd go an extra step and dip them in chocolate ganache too.

 

Jenn's Baking Chamber
October 16, 2008

I have to admit, I've never had a candy apple before but those look sooo good! yummy

 

Leah
October 17, 2008

Dear Heidi,

Reading your blog is one of the best parts of my day. If I'm not reading the latest entry I am scouring the pages for something new to try. Having a husband and a young baby ravaged with eczema we have been forced to undertake a no wheat, no dairy, no nightshade vegetable diet. This has been difficult to say the least. Your whole and natural approach to food and cooking has made eating a pleasure for us again. We make a batch of Nikki's Healthy Cookies every 2 or 3 days. Finally my poor husband can eat biscuits again and I can do so without worrying what I am passing on to my young baby. Even my 3 year old loves them and I don't have any 'mother guilt' over letting her eat cookies. Your Heavenly Pie recipe has given us a truly decadent dessert option too. We are in Australia and don't really celebrate the fall holidays but this apple recipe looks beautiful anyway and I loved reading it. Thank you so, so much for the work you put into this blog to make it something special. I really appreciate it and I know others do too.

HS: Thanks for the nice note Leah (and others!) - I'll be sure to tell Nikki she has another fan of her cookies.

 

beth
October 17, 2008

I'm hungry!

Thanks Heidi. I mean it---thanks- again, I'm running for the kitchen. (((Yes, at least I'm running)))

 

Cameron
October 17, 2008

So this is my first time commenting on your blog, but I have been reading it for months now and have tried so many of your recipes and I can't wait to try this one! It looks absolutely splendid!

 

Heather
October 17, 2008

These look great! I have been visiting your site for a few weeks now.
Last weekend, I tried my hand at the ULTIMATE VEGGIE burger... They were delicious!!!
I also tried the 5 minute Tomato Sauce.... I had less sucess with it. Lets just say, as a novice cook, oil ended up in my eye and the red pepper flakes made things a little too spicy.
But all in all, I am excited about all of your recipies and plan on trying the Spinach/ Zuch. Soup this weekend!
Thanks for inspiring me to get in the kitchen!

 

VeggieGirl
October 17, 2008

Oh my goodness gracious, those look INSANELY luscious. I need to break out the candy thermometer now!! :0)

 

Season To Taste
October 17, 2008

YUM! I just made caramel apples too with our apple-picking harvest (plus lots of other goodies)---but I cheated and used the store-bought caramel. Not nearly as good---and probably full of gross preservatives, etc. I'll try this recipe next time!!!

 

Jenn
October 17, 2008

Any ideas for a non-dairy heavy cream substitute?

 

Sheila | Live Well 360°
October 17, 2008

WOW, how simple! I have always stayed away from making caramel apples, thinking that there was no way to get around the corn syrup.

Thanks for such a wonderful recipe. Now I can continue to enjoy one of my favorite treats in a healthy way.

Sheila
http://www.livewell360.com

 

Wildefrauen07
October 17, 2008

Oh wow, these look amazing and so simple to do. I'm going to have to try these this weekend.

I must say I love your blog and though I have yet to try any of the recipes and look forward to this being the first of many!

 

Kristine
October 17, 2008

Apple Hill when I was a kid: piping hot slices of pie with melty/crumbly slices of cheddar over the top, ice cold fresh pressed juice and hot cider, handmade everything, no traffic. Now I have a hard time going there. But I am glad it still inspires. Maybe I need to imbibe a little more wine while I am there; wasn't much vinticulture going on in the 70's.

 

bradly stewart
October 17, 2008

Your picture looks great... can't wait to try your recipe this weekend... maybe you can share more recipes with the members of recipebuddys.com ... we are searching for great recipes for Halloween... Hope you can help us..thanks

Andy

 

Teddy
October 17, 2008

my friend had a fall themed birthday party once were we all make either candied or caramel apples and rolled them in toppings. It was soo fun!!
I never new her recipes though, thanks for sharing

Teddy

 

Zoya
October 17, 2008

LOVE the tip about closed toe shoes !

 

shuna fish lydon
October 17, 2008

Heidi!

This could not have come at a more perfect time! Thank you! I might be making them 1/2way across the world from here shortly!

p.s. The best safeguard against an evil caramel burn is a giant bowl of very icy ice water (that someone could quickly submerge their hands and forearms into), and wearing long sleeves. It's an extremely painful burn should a person get some on their skin.

HS; Thanks Shuna, yeah, that caramel is scary hot and sticky. Serious business.

 

HMR
October 17, 2008

Heidi -- my friends and I saw you at Boeger Winery, and whispered about whether it was you and Wayne (and friend) or not as you walked away. We decided we could settle it if you posted about being up there -- I win! Hope you enjoyed your day. It was gorgeous up there -- especially the rain dumping on us as we drove down the hill. -H

HS: Hah, that was totally me - we pulled over there for lunch on the picnic tables. I wish you would have said hi! I love meeting readers of the site. Next time :)

 

Julie
October 17, 2008

Purely_C, most meat thermometers stop measuring in the 200s and flatline when you get up to the temperatures you'd see when working with candy.

Soy milk fans, I saw a luscious looking vegan caramel apple recipe here: http://doghillkitchen.blogspot.com/2008/09/vegan-caramel-apples.html

I'm jumping on this recipe as soon as I buy more cream. I love that there are so few ingredients to fuss with and expect a clean, fresh taste out of this recipe!

 

Maria
October 17, 2008

I went home last night and tried this recipie out. Yummy is all I have to say, I don't have a candy thermometer but the cold water method worked perfectly. This will be a family favorite.

 

Erin
October 17, 2008

Your recipes are always inspiring. I might try to veganize this by using coconut milk/cream and agave nectar. I've made really chewy caramel corn that way. I think a nice crisp ginger apple would be delicious.

HS: Erin if you try this please let me know how it goes. I'm not sure how agave nectar will behave - I'm very curious. If it works (with the coconut milk) I imagine it would be delicious, with a much different personality from the honey version.

 

Kate
October 17, 2008

Hey Heidi, I'm sorry to do this but the comments are closed on the pumpkin mole recipe. Do you think smoked paprika would work in that, or would it be too strong? I'd appreciate feedback from other cooks as well . . .

HS: You know, I think a bit of smoked paprika would be nice, but not the full amount called for...I thought about that as well when I was making that recipe, and decided it would be overpowering.I'll leave this comment here for a bit and then move it back over to the pumpkin page.

 

Dawn in CA
October 17, 2008

Hello - recently found your lovely site and am enjoying discovering all the wonderful posts. These apples look scrumptious, but unfortunately, like some of the previous posters, I am not able to eat dairy. One of these days I'll have to sit down and develop my own dairy-free caramel recipe!

Speaking of recipes, would you consider adding a "dairy-free" category to your recipe file? Pretty please? :)

HS: Hi Dawn, a few people have asked for a dairy-free category. I'll add it to the list of site updates. -h

 

Hillary
October 17, 2008

Your caramel looks like dulce de leche - so smooth and creamy!

 

Les
October 17, 2008

MMMMMMMMMM!
For those of you that are dairy free-may I suggest Coconut Milk,I think it should work exactly as you need it too ...and taste fabulous to boot!
Agave should work fine as well,hmmm I'm thinking maple syrup might be interesting to try, so perhaps I will and report back!
Heidi,you are amazing! Les

HS: Thanks Les :) To be honest, I'm not sure about some of these substitutions - so please if any of you try them report back- I'll update the post even if I've closed the comments. I'm intrigued by the coconut milk idea as an alternative to cream/dairy-free option. And I like the flavor of coconut milk much more than soy milk, so that would be the direction I'd go.

 

Courtney
October 17, 2008

There are certain foods I don't want to attempt to make at home, because I just don't have any control over myself with them. I think caramel apples fall into that list. But man do those look good.

 

linda
October 17, 2008

Thank You for this Healthy and Tasty Fall favorite. My grandkids loved them!!

 

Sally Parrott Ashbrook
October 17, 2008

I'm drooling over these. Fall and caramel apples are just made for each other, after all. But I wonder if anyone knows a good non-dairy sub for the cream. Would coconut milk work? I'm casein intolerant and miss good caramel!

HS; Hi Sally, there have been some suggestions made in the other comments, but none that I have tested yet.

 

sibelika
October 17, 2008

Hi Dear Heidi
I am so glad that I can take the advantage of your lovely recipes Thanks so much:)Tried many of them and the result is great!!

 

Katie
October 17, 2008

I've never written a comment before but have been reading for about a year now! I'm from the east coast from a town that literally revolves around apples. I may just enter this at this years "Apple Harvest Fest"? Thanks!

 

Erin
October 17, 2008

in reply to this comment above

"Did anyone actually cook this caramel or taste it? I think the idea with recipes is to try them and then post your opinion. " - "Mrs.C"

Oh Mrs.C, don't be silly. We always read Heidi's posts while we're at work! Usually 14 hours into work, without a lunch break, when we've just been asked to work late for like the 5 hundred billionth time this month, and we're drooling over her photography/ingredient combination. no one bothers to wait until after we're done cooking that particular recipe because we'll be too busy eating it then. and also our hands will be too messy to get near the keyboard.

plus we already know it will be good... it's a recipe from HEIDI.

in other words "lay of us! we're stARRRRving!"

(hee hee couldn't help a little SNL throwback...)

HS: I have to admit, this made me laugh.

 

Megan
October 17, 2008

Thanks for posting an all natural version! They are beautiful!

 

TMonster
October 17, 2008

In response to Erin's and Mrs. C's comments, I think perhaps one solution is to leave the comments section open longer. I would love to be able to see more comments after people have had a couple of weeks to actually try the recipes, because for us novice cooks, it's great to hear see other people's variations/substitutions.

HS: I'm trying to work on a better commenting system (but don't hold your collective breaths, it might be a little while), in the meantime I'll try to leave the comments open a bit longer. The longer I leave them open the more they tend to get spammed.

 

Kim
October 17, 2008

thanks so much for this lovely recipe. caramel apples have been out of my life for a long time as i am sensitive to corn. my eight-year-old son and i just finished eating our first corn-free caramel apples thanks to your recipe. ah, the fall is back and it tastes so good.

 

Elle
October 18, 2008

I can't wait to try these! We're heading to an orchard today and I've been thinking of making caramel apples. Thank you fro sharing this recipe!

 

Renee
October 18, 2008

I had a lot to say about the pumpkin salad too. Why are the comments closed?

HS: I'll try to leave the comments open a bit longer. The longer I leave them open the more they tend to get spammed.

 

Biz
October 18, 2008

I will have to make these for my office Halloween party. Yes, I actually work at an office that MAKES you dress up for Halloween - AND you have to wear it on the way to work!

It's tons of fun though!

 

Kirsten
October 18, 2008

How nice to check the blog and find that you've been t o my home town! It was a great place to grow up; I have lots of happy apple memories. (and cherry, pumpkin, christmas tree, peach, pear, grape, wine, and tomato memories!)

 

Karen
October 18, 2008

I just made these today for a house full of kids. Everyone from the 3 year old to the teenagers loved them. I used Mesquite honey from Trader Joe's and Granny Smith apples, the combination is wonderful. The caramel is very easy to make, although it took more like an hour to get to the right temperature. I doubled the recipe and it made enough for about 10 largish apples. I don't have problems with milk, but the coconut milk idea sounds very tasty. I'll be trying that soon. The flavor of this caramel is sophisticated enough for an adult party snack.

 

Carli
October 19, 2008

I am new to your site Heidi, but may I say I am inspired - I echo a previous comment and say a big THANKS to all your work and creation...

I made these caramel apples this afternoon with my kids. The color was fantastic, the texture divine, and the method no-fail. I had no trouble with caramel falling off the apples! So... I do have to admit that I found the caramel a bit too sweet! (can it be too sweet?!) This is just a personal taste question though! Thanks again.

 

Alyssa
October 19, 2008

These look very yummy and I love that they don't have all the icky stuff in them. do you think this would work with agave nectar?

 

Cheryl
October 19, 2008

I just made these. I had never used a cooking thermometer before or made candy, so I had no idea what I was doing. I got the caramel onto the apples. The extra I put into a small plastic bowl and then tried it when it cooled down.

It tastes a little burnt, so I am not sure if I turned the heat up too high. I did watch the thermometer very close and turned the fire off when it hit the correct temp.

All of the Caramel that was in the bowl is gone- between myself and my two kids and the apples are desert tonight so it did not turn out too bad. Would love some advice from someone who knows about this stuff. I have pictures on my blog at:

http://sewinghaven.blogspot.com/

HS: They look pretty good Cheryl! My caramel def. has a rich, deep flavor - certainly with a hint of "burnt caramel"....but they shouldn't taste bad burned.

 

Anonymous
October 19, 2008

I just made these. I had never used a cooking thermometer before or made candy, so I had no idea what I was doing. I got the caramel onto the apples. The extra I put into a small plastic bowl and then tried it when it cooled down.

It tastes a little burnt, so I am not sure if I turned the heat up too high. I did watch the thermometer very close and turned the fire off when it hit the correct temp.

All of the Caramel that was in the bowl is gone- between myself and my two kids and the apples are desert tonight so it did not turn out too bad. Would love some advice from someone who knows about this stuff.

I have pictures on my blog at:
sewinghaven.blogspot.com

 

armymamma
October 19, 2008

We made these tonight with some organic crisp, slightly spicy apples. My family gobbled these up, they were soooo good! I would suggest to anybody making these to use a good quality, mild honey, such as blackberry. I just used up my local raw blackberry honey yesterday *talk abou timing!* , so had to use some Suebee amber clover from the commissary (which wasn't very good to begin with) and the honey flavor was a little too assertive for me once it condensed. Also, I cut my apples into wedges and then skewered them, thinking this would make it easier for little mouths to eat...but...even though I blotted them well on a towel, they were damp and the caramel didn't want to stick. It stuck great to the uncut apples though, so I'll stick with that route from now on. Thanks for the wonderful, all natural recipe! I'm going to make it again this weekend once I can get my hands on some better honey. :)

 

My First Kitchen
October 20, 2008

These look beautiful. I usually avoid caramel apples because new teeth are too expensive. Are these teeth-breakers? Because if they're not, the next round of apples is on me!

 

Sunny in South Jersey
October 20, 2008

the thought of peeling off all those little papers on those lousy Kraft caramels ... thanks for saving me. I found your site around 4 weeks ago and have passed it on to many friends ... your photos are just fantastic and make every dish look so inviting.

thanks

 

Teresa
October 20, 2008

Could I make this subbing plain Silk Creamer for the heavy cream? Do you think it will work the same? It's a soy based coffee creamer that comes either in plain, vanilla, or hazelnut flavors.

Also, do you have an unrefined sugar candy apple recipe?

(I love your website!)

 

Holly Hall
October 20, 2008

I made these this weekend, but all the caramel slid of the apples! I washed them, they were cold and no wax on them. I used a digital thermometer - heated it to 256 do I need to go a bit hotter or what is the trick to the thick caramenl coating?? By the way, the flavor of the caramel was fantastic!!

 

Lisa Faye
October 20, 2008

Armymamma: dip the apple first and then cut it into slices for the kids. Granted, the caramel will only be on the outside of the apple, but it's infinitely easier to eat the slices than to bite right into the apple (and easier on the teeth too, I know someone else was concerned about that).

Has anyone had any trouble with the caramel adhering to the parchment paper? The last time I attempted to make caramel apples was for my Halloween party two years ago... I couldn't get the paper off the bottom of the apples, it looked horrible!

 

TMonster
October 20, 2008

I love caramel. Tried a few more recipes from the site while I await my Amazon.com cookbook order!

Here were the results:

1) Carmelized Tofu (with the brussels sprouts). Nothing short of awesome. I actually thought I hated brussels sprouts but my bf loves them so I made this anyway. SO GOOD and so easy. I am an official brussels sprouts convert with this recipe.

2) Broccoli Crunch -- good -- added a little cayenne pepper to the dressing for a kick. Really liked the way the broccoli remained crunchy and without being raw. I'm having the leftovers for lunch today.

3) Repeated the Ultimate Veggie Burgers. After pan-frying them a little, I baked them to get the middles more cooked (this was an issue with my first attempt). Perfect!

Thank you again for all these great recipes. I am new in the kitchen and it is wonderful to have all these interesting, easy, healthy ideas. I can't wait for the cookbooks to arrive!

HS: Thanks for the feedback TM, the trick with the veggie burgers is to keep the cover on, and the heat low enough so the insides cook through without letting the outsides brown/burn too much. Once you have a sense the insides are done feel free to crank up the heat a bit and brown the outsides of the patties - a bit of a balancing act, but easy once you get the swing of it. Even easier if you have a good, thick skillet.

 

homevietnamtravl
October 20, 2008

Has anyone had any trouble with the caramel adhering to the parchment paper? The last time I attempted to make caramel apples was for my Halloween party two years ago... I couldn't get the paper off the bottom of the apples, it looked horrible

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Andy Abraham
October 21, 2008

These Caramel Apples look so sweet. Im looking forward to make them for my kids. And what an easy recipe.

 

tanya
October 21, 2008

I had no problem getting the "caramel" to stay on the apples, but now I can't bite into them. I think I made toffee.

Maybe I'll try again!

 

Absinthe
October 21, 2008

Oooohh, I made these today and they are luscious. I'm grateful for the non-fussy caramel recipe. I've had bad luck with conventional caramel, but I cooked these to 159 degrees and they were perfect. Now I'm fantasizing about making some kind of apple ice cream with this caramel, cooked to a slightly softer stage, swirled in...

A tip for those who had the caramel stick to the parchment paper--I used a Silpat and they popped right off.

Thanks, Heidi--I'll be making these again soon.

 

kickpleat
October 21, 2008

this looks way too perfect. i think i'll be making this version for a halloween party!

 

nicole
October 22, 2008

i have to say that i love everything you share on here, i tried to make caramel apples for my first time a few weeks ago to get a good start for halloween. lets just say the attempt was a disaster. the caramel kept running off, and with the faces of my two young boys i felt so bad to break the news that mommy goofed up!
im going to try this maybe tomorrow and i hope i can get two great big smiles from the boys. wish me luck,
nicole

 

Rachel
October 22, 2008

yumm - gotta love autumn and all of the awesome treats and sweets that come with the season! I have 2 young girls who love "helping" in the kitchen. This recipe looks like the perfect one to let them help out with! Thank you!

 

Anonymous
October 22, 2008

omg yummmmmmm

 

SallyHP
October 22, 2008

I've been reading your blog for a little while now, and really love it. I'm not vegetarian, but really like a lot of veggie options, and am trying "Meatless Mondays". I have a toddler and infant and am trying to make a much bigger effort to go for natural ingredients when I can, so really love your natural food pantry tips. Thanks for this great caramel apple recipe!

 

H
October 22, 2008

RE: veganizing the caramel recipe:

I made a recipe recently for vegan caramel bars that had coconut milk as the main ingredient for the caramel, as well as a bit of soy creamer. I thought that they turned out wonderfully, and the coconut flavor was there just enough to be intriguing.

I made a caramel sauce the other day, and I didn't have any corn syrup (and didn't want to use it, anyway) so I substituted agave nectar, and that also worked.

Can't wait to try it on apples! Thanks for the idea! :)

HS: Thanks for the feedback and insights H.