Perfect Caramel Apples
Cool and Breezy weather is perfect for covering your fresh picked apples in caramel. Learn how to make the perfect caramel apples right at home. We recommend using an apple that is a bit more tart and crisp like Cameo or Ida Red this time of year. Caramel apples are the best when the weather is cooler so the caramel can set. This is the perfect treat for your Halloween party. Come get some apples from the Barn Market or pick your own through November 4th.
Water or milk
Candy for dipping apple after caramelized
Crock pot or double boiler for heating caramel
Start by removing the stems of the apples and inserting stick. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper,unwrap the square caramels, and create small bowls with additional candies or nuts that you might want to decorate your apples with.
Next we need to melt the caramel.
Caramel squares melt quickly for use as a dip or topping. The caramels come individually wrapped in the package, so you can use as many squares as you need while leaving the rest wrapped for later use. Melted caramel sauce provides the traditional coating for candy apples. It remains sticky once it's melted, so you can roll it in nuts or candy sprinkles once you coat the apple or food. You can also pour the melted caramel sauce over brownies or cookies to make a decadent dessert.
Fill the bottom of a double boiler with 2 to 3 inches of water. Use a medium-sized saucepan if you don't have a double boiler.
Set the top of the double boiler in the bottom pot. Set a metal bowl on top the medium-sized pot if you aren't using a double boiler. The water in the bottom pot shouldn't touch the top pot or bowl.
Heat the pot over medium-high heat until the water begins to boil. Lower the heat to medium to maintain a steady simmer.
Place the unwrapped caramels in the top pot or bowl. Add the water or milk to the caramels. Amount of water or milk will depend on how many caramels you are using so starts small and add as needed.
Stir the caramels constantly as they begin to melt, combining the water or milk with the melting candies. Continue to cook until the caramels reach the desired consistency.
Remove the pot or bowl from the bottom pot. Continue to stir the caramel sauce until it cools to prevent it from scorching to the bottom of the hot bowl.
Next, dip your apple into the caramel and rotate. You might want to add a second layer if so dip again.
Once the caramel stops dripping you can sprinkle or dip the apple into your favorite topping. Finally place on parchment paper and serve when ready to dazzle the lucky eaters. We would love to see your caramel apples and to know how recipe went. Please feel free to post pictures on our facebook or Instagram.
If you have left over caramel store in small containers and send with kids to school along with cut up apple. They will love this at lunch time and all their friends will be envious.