The best tips on how to make caramel apples. Before you know it you will be enjoying the best caramel apples at home!
Last week for a youth activity at church we made caramel apples. It was the first time I had made caramel apples in 12 years.
You see the last time I made caramel apples, this is what happened:
My sweet, 7-year-old daughter bit into one and it ripped a tooth right out of her mouth. And the tooth wasn’t even loose! I am not sure what recipe I used but I think I threw it away right then and there. Since that day, I have only purchased caramel apples at my favorite candy store, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I love their apple pie caramel apples so much that I came up with a recipe of my own!
Well, after a somewhat positive experience last week with the church kids and a conversation with my friend Rhonda who made dozens of caramel apples for her daughter’s wedding reception, I am now confident giving you the best tips on how to make caramel apples!
Tips for Making Caramel Apples
The first tip is to rough up the apples with a fine grade of sandpaper. This tip came straight from the experts on how to make caramel apples, Rocky Mountain! Then make sure to wash the apple, insert the stick, and let it dry. wash and insert stick. Then place the apples on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
The next most important tip is to make your own caramel! This recipe will give you a nice smooth caramel. But you will need a candy thermometer to make caramel. And you need to make sure that you stir the pot constantly to prevent it from burning on the bottom. I also use a nice heavy pan – an older pressure cooker of my mothers works great!
We call caramel “patience candy” because you have to have patience stirring it and waiting for it to hit exactly the right temperature. But your patience pays off!!
Before you begin dipping the apples, let the caramel cool a few minutes. It will stick better to the apples when it isn’t hot off the stove. Once you dip the apples, let them cool. If you are in a pinch for time, you can slide the cookie sheet into the refrigerator. And if you have any left over caramel, you can pour it onto a buttered pan and cut it into candies!
After the caramel has cooled, melth the chocolate or almond bark to dip them again. Or you can just drizzle the chocolate if you like that. Quickly, after applying chocolate, sprinkle on your desired toppings. Mini chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, rainbow sprinkles, crushed Oreo and chopped up Snickers and nuts all make great caramel apple toppings.
Once you have added the toppings, return to the refrigerator to set up again. Then finally the best step, eat and enjoy!
Caramel Apple Recipe
- 2 C brown sugar
- 1 C corn syrup
- 1/2 C butter
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- Combine the first 3 ingredients
- After butter is melted stir in the milk
- Cook to soft ball (234degrees)
- Stir constantly
- Stir in 1 tsp vanilla
- Remove from heat
- Dip apples into the caramel, then roll in nuts if desired
- Let set up on a cookie sheet
- Place in refrigerator if needed
- After completely cooled you can drizzle with chocolate and cover with toppings
- Suggested toppings: sprinkles, crushed Oreos, mini M & M's, mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, crushed candy bars.