OKLAHOMA CITY–Caramel Apples are an easy treat for both kids and adults. They don’t take much time and are as much fun to make as they are to eat. Included are directions for both homemade caramel and pre-made caramels, melted in the microwave. Have fun!
5 Medium apples – select apples which stand up/have fairly even bottoms
5 thick chopsticks, skewers, or Popsicle sticks.
Waxed paper/cooking spray or parchment paper Optional additions for rolling/sprinkling:
Melted Chocolate, Black/Orange Jimmys, Peanut Butter Bits, Chopped Nuts, Crushed Graham Crackers, coarse Sea Salt, mini M&MS, Cinnamon Sugar
Wash apples. (Chef Kyle says he soaks for a few minutes in water with a couple of tablespoons of Cider Vinegar, then scrub and rinse thoroughly) Refrigerate apples for at least 30 minutes prior to dipping – the cold will help set the caramel. Insert skewer/stick into the stem of each apple.
Line cookie/baking sheet with waxed paper and lightly spray with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.
2 C Packed Brown Sugar
1 3/4C Heavy Cream
3/4 C dark Corn Syrup
2 T Butter
1 t Salt
Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally from bottom to top. Cook to 250 degrees. Remove from heat and stir until thoroughly blended
Caramel from pre-made candy:
11oz package Caramels, unwrapped OR
11 oz package Caramel Bits
2 T water
Combine in a microwave safe bowl. Cook on high power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and combined thoroughly.
Roll each Apple in caramel until coated roughly 3/4 to top. Allow residual to drip back into bowl, and hold upside down from skewer/stick for 3-5 seconds. Add additional toppings if desired. Place on lined cookie sheet. Keep refrigerated until 15 minutes before serving.