Caramel Apples are a perfect way to sweeten up winter. This great favorite at bake sales, parties, and carnivals tastes heavenly and is soul-satisfying. They might be seen on sale at gourmet grocery stores or at Disneyland. However, that does not mean that they are difficult to make since all ingredients are easily available and the entire process of making this perfect winter delight does not take more than an hour (excluding refrigeration). All you need is a simple cooking formula that can even be tried by a beginner. Once you get the simple recipe right, you can try out more exotic variations of this theme. One thing that you need to be very conscious about is the type of apple that you choose. The apples that taste best in for this dish are golden apples. These have a golden exterior and are firm and sweet. While you do not have to necessarily use golden apples, you do need to be careful that you get the best ones, and ensure that they are small in size. Explore the following recipes to know how to make caramel apples.
Preparing Caramel Apples
Preparing Homemade Caramel
- Dark brown sugar – 2 cups
- Butter – 3 teaspoons
- Sweetened condensed milk – ½ cup
- Light corn syrup – 2 cups
- Vanilla extract – ½ teaspoon
- Powdered cinnamon – ½ teaspoon
Put the butter, dark brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk and the light corn syrup in a saucepan. Mix well and allow the mixture to boil over a low flame. Stir the mixture as often as possible in order to avoid it getting crystallized. Keep cooking this for around 35 minutes, until it becomes thick and dark. If you want to check whether the caramel is ready or not, drop a pinch of it into cold water. It will take the shape of a ball, which will change when you try to touch it. Add the vanilla extract, mix well, and turn off the heat. Powdered cinnamon can be used after this to enhance the taste.
Preparing Caramel Apples
Wash the apples well with water and cut down the stem of each of the apples. Dry the apples with a soft kitchen towel and insert a wooden stick to the top of each apple (preferable where the stem should be). Dip each apple into the caramel one by one and ensure that they are coated completely. Place the caramel-coated apples on dish with a greased wax paper. Refrigerate for 4 hours and then serve. It is also suggested that you try this out at least once before preparing it for guests so that you will be confident about how it turns out. Apart from this, serve the caramel apples to your guests around 20 minutes after you take them out of the refrigerator so as to enhance the taste and loosen up the apples a bit.