I make these Homemade Caramel Apples often in the fall, and also for many parties, for me this has been the best recipe and I have tried my share — kids of all ages just love these!
- 1 cup butter (no substitutes)
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 8 -10 wooden sticks
- 8 -10 medium tart apples
- Insert 1 wooden stick into each apple.
- In a heavy saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and milk; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees (firm ball stage) about 30-40 minutes and for a softer caramel cook just to a few less degrees.
- Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
- Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat.
- Holding by the stick, sprinkle with nuts or whatever you desire while the caramel is still warm (work quickly the caramel sets up fast).
- Set on generously buttered wax paper to cool (make certain to generously butter the paper).
You can make tons of varieties on this recipe. Just roll the apples in after rolling them in the caramel. Mini M&M’s, nuts, chocolate, cereal or just about anything just make certain to roll while the caramel is still soft on the apples.
Photo: Neil Conway