Caramel apples are a Halloween past time and a favorite snack of kids and adults alike. With fall just around the corner, caramel apples will soon start to pop up in packages at your local supermarket. Instead of shelling out five bucks for a package of two caramel covered apples, why not make your own homemade caramel apples at home? This guide will give you step by step instructions on how to make your own caramel apples at home, including a recipe for homemade caramel apples.
Homemade Caramel Apple Recipe
For this recipe, you will need eight medium sized apples. I recommend using tart apples such as granny smith apples to give a tangy crunch that counteracts the smooth, sweet flavors of the caramel. However, you can use other apples if you prefer.
You will also need eight wooden sticks, two teaspoons of vanilla, one fourteen ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, one cup of light corn syrup, two cups of packed brown sugar and one cup of butter.
You will also need a large sauce pan, wax paper or a cookie sheet, and a candy thermometer. If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can purchase them for relatively inexpensive at a local major retailer or home goods store.
How to Make Caramel Apples at Home
Take your eight apples and wash them thoroughly to remove any debris. You will also need to remove any stems and leaves still remaining on the apples. Dry your apples and then insert a wooden stick into each apple. Set the apples aside while you begin to make your caramel mixture.
In a large saucepan, you will need to combine your sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, butter and brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir constantly until everything this mixed. Once your mixture reaches boiling, you will need to continue to stir constantly (to prevent burning,) while your mixture boils for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, or until the mixture reaches 248 degrees Fahrenheit on your candy thermometer.
Next, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in your vanilla. You can now dip each apple into the mixture. Be sure to thoroughly coat each apple and allow any excess syrup to drip off the saucepan. If desired, now is also a great time to roll your caramel apple in chopped nuts. Once finished, place the apple onto the wax paper or cookie sheet and allow to cool.
Repeat the steps until each apple is coated and cooling. Be sure to allow apples to fully cool before eating them. Enjoy your homemade caramel apples!