“Today’s caramel apple recipes will often call for ingredients beyond just apples and caramel. Chocolate drizzle, sea salt, marshmallows, pecans, peanut butter, trail mix, and even bourbon are featured variations from the traditional apple and caramel combination. Regardless of the recipe, tart apples such as Granny Smith or McIntosh are believed to be the best choice for creating delicious caramel apples”. More Caramel Apple Factoids and History.
Michele’s Old School Caramel Apples
1 Pound brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 Tablespoon dark molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts
10 slightly tart apples
10 wooden chopsticks
Combine all ingredients, except nuts, apples and chopsticks, in a heavy saucepan.
Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely, about 15 minutes. Increase heat to bring to a rolling boil or to 240° on a candy thermometer, about 12-13 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool 20 minutes or to 200° on a candy thermometer. Skewer the apples with the chopstick and dip into the caramel sauce. Hold for about 30 seconds and then place on a buttered cookie sheet.
Once cooled for about 15 minutes, roll firmly in a bowl of chopped nuts and return to cookie sheet.
If the caramel thickens too much while dipping, add a Tablespoon of whipping cream and heat gently on the stove.
Serving idea: slice in wedges for muss-free eating.
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