Looking for a fun project for your kids this holiday season? These salted caramel apples will be perfect for your holiday gatherings or gift giving. What I love about making caramel apples is that the possibilities are endless!
When choosing apples. it’s best to pair the sweetness of the candy with a tart apple like granny smith, but if you’re not fond of tart apples choose the same type of apples that make good choices for apple pie such as gala, fuji, etc.
I saw this bag of tiny apples when I went to store and thought these would be perfect for caramel apples as it’s much easier to hold and eat, especially for kids.
If you prefer not to make the caramel sauce from scratch, you can also melt some caramel candy with a couple Tablespoons of milk in a microwave or use a double boiler method over a stove top.
Makes 6-8 apples (depending on size)
- 6-8 apples
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter ( 1 cup)
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk (you can substitute with heavy cream)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Sea or fleur de sel salt (optional)
- Toppings desired such as nuts, chocolate, candy, oreos, coconut, etc
- Wooden skewers, chopsticks or craft sticks
- Candy thermometer
Wash apples to remove any wax coating and dry them thoroughly.
Set apples stem side up and push sticks into each apple. Place apples in a baking sheet lined with parchment /wax paper or silicone baking mat and set aside in the fridge while you make the caramel (cold apples work better for dipping).
Combine butter, corn syrup, sugar, condensed milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cook until mixture reaches 234-240° F on a candy thermometer, which is the soft ball stage. This can take up to 25-30 minutes. Stir as needed. While the caramel is cooking, prepare toppings in individual bowls.
When the caramel is done, remove from heat, add vanilla and stir well. Next, place saucepan in an ice water bath to cool OR transfer caramel to small bowl that will fit all your caramel and make dipping easier.
Dip apples one at a time into the caramel, lift straight up, letting any excess drip back into the pan and sprinkle salt around the apple. Next, dip into your toppings desired. Be fun and creative!
Place apples, stem side up on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until set about 15 minutes.
If you want to give these as gifts, chill the apples for at least an hour, then place in cellphone bags and wrap with ribbons found in your local craft store. Leave the wrapped apples in the fridge, up to about 5 days until ready to give.
What are your favorite toppings? Please share on the comments!