Do you want to make some child(ren) very happy??? Can you be patient knowing that a big pay-off is coming? Then you need to make these Caramel Apples! I know you could unwrap store bought caramels, melt them down with a little water in the microwave and make a caramel for dipping apples, but…do you know how long it takes to unwrap all those little individual caramels? Actually, Kraft now makes Caramel Bits which is a bag of caramels unwrapped for baking purposes. Kraft has solved the unwrapping problem, but the taste of homemade caramel far surpasses the store bought.
Making your own caramel from scratch, while requiring some patience, is quite gratifying. The recipe is simple, the process takes about a half hour, the dipping can be a bit messy…but the result is AMAZING! Plan now to make these with your loved ones, or maybe for the neighbor kids ; )
Wash, thoroughly dry and place sticks in 8-10 apples*. (I used wooden chopsticks in mine) Place the apples on a parchment lined cookie sheet. *Use any crisp apple variety.In a small, tall pan, melt: 1/2 cup Butter Add to the pan: 2 cups Brown Sugar 1 cup Dark Corn Syrup 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt Stir continuously until the above reaches a boil. Add to the pan: 1 can Condensed Milk (not evaporated)
Attach a thermometer to the side of the pan and while stirring on low heat, bring up to a temperature of 248 degrees F. The process of getting to the right temp takes at least 20 minutes but more like 30 minutes depending on your stove. When the temp gets to 248 degrees F, remove from the stove and add 1-1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract. Stir to incorporate.
Dip the apples in the caramel, turning to coat well. Place the apples back on the parchment to set. Roll in garnishes if you wish: nuts, choc. chips, small candies, sprinkles, ,etc..
If you have any caramel left, pour it on top of parchment in a shallow pan. Allow to set up and cut with sharp knife for individual caramels. OR: wrap it in a plastic bag and re-melt slowly in the microwave for dipping again in a couple of days when the kids start pestering you for MORE CARAMEL APPLES!!!