National Caramel Apple Day | Easy Caramel Apples
You know when you find something you love so much, you’ll go to the ends of the earth to procure it and in the process, you’ll gladly spend a bajillion dollars on it just to get it in your grubby little hands? That’s me with caramel apples. By ends of the earth, I mean up to an hour in traffic to a candy shop and by bajillion dollars, I mean $15, which is the most I’ve spent for a caramel apple (Disney, duhh).
I could be happy with caramel and apple dippers, you know, those combo packs you can get from the grocery store, but the excitement is fleeting as there is a) never enough caramel for the apples, and b) still feels like a healthy snack item as opposed to the luscious mega-calorie indulgence that a serious caramel apple probably is.
You need a caramel apple that’s ooey-gooey, where with one bite and a pull away from your mouth, there is some serious caramel string going on. The kind the hits your chin when it’s finally released from the apple. There’s, perhaps, something like it.
Easy Caramel Apples
- 3 Granny Smith apples
- 3 craft sticks (I bought lollipop sticks, which were not in the least bit effective - avoid those)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp salt
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Push the craft sticks into each apple core and set aside.
- Combine the brown sugar, heavy cream, corn syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the mixture registers 250°F on a candy thermometer, about 10 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat and continue to stir.
- Dip the apples one at a time into the caramel, rotating to cover all sides. Set the apples on the parchment paper with the craft sticks up.