First, A Story of Failure (Learn from My Mistakes)
|They look ok, the ones that the caramel actually stayed on, but they had an awful texture.|
On to the Party Caramel Apple Success and Recipe
Ok, enough blabbering about my first epic caramel fail. I went back to the drawing board the next morning (literally got up uber early and set out to try again, I don't like to fail), and tried for redemption. Correct ingredients in hand this time, I made another batch, and it came out beautiful! Best caramel ever! I made half a batch so I wouldn't waste ingredients if it was a failure, and I made them into little caramels that I wrapped up (didn't have any more apples, as I had wasted them all the night before). Delicious! This is the recipe I ended up using to make the caramel apples.
If you are going to wrap them up and give them as party favors like I did, I have included the items to do that. They were the cutest party favors ever, everyone loved them, and I would do it again in a heart beat! These would also be wonderful for halloween parties, just melt some orange candy melts instead of the white chocolate. If you end up having extra caramel left after you dip them all, line an 8x8" baking pan with parchment paper and just pour it right in and stick it in the fridge to firm up.
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Party Caramel Apples
(Adapted from Chewy Caramel from All Recipes)
- 1 cup butter or margarine
- 1 pound light brown sugar
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 12 medium-large tart-sweet apples like grannysmith
- 12 bamboo caramel apple sticks (Michael's craft store)
- 8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
- 8 oz white chocolate chips
- Parchment paper
- Candy thermometer
- Clear plastic goody bags (Michael's craft store)
- Cookie sheet tray
- Prep the apples first thing. Wash all apples well with dish soap or veggie cleaner, rubbing and rinsing well to get off the wax coating. Dry the apples very very well.
- Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet tray and push a bamboo stick into each apple, parallel to the stem and right next to it as well.
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Heat to between 242 and 245 degrees F. Cook for 2 minutes at that temperature. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
- Let the caramel cool until it thickens slightly. If you dip the apples in it while it is nuclear hot, it will just run right off onto the pan. When it has thickened, take an apple and while tilting the pan with the caramel a bit, spin the apple in the caramel until all the sides and most of the way up has been coated.
- Remove the apple from the caramel and give it a few spins and twist to allow any excess caramel to drip off. Place back on the parchment paper lined tray and repeat with remaining apples. If the caramel starts to get to stiff, but back on the stove on low, stirring, until it loosens up again.
- There will probably be bubbles that start to form on the apples, don't panic, the apples give off gasses that cause them, nothing is wrong. Since it is being covered with chocolate, no one will even see. If it really bugs, then use a toothpick and pop the bubbles if you would like.
- Let the apples harden at room temperature or in the fridge if you have room.
- When the caramel is almost done setting up on the apples, place the semi sweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted. Repeat in a separate bowl for white chocolate.
- In a sandwich size ziploc bag, pour the semi sweet chocolate in, twist the top closed, invert, and cut an 1/8 inch off the corner of the bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the tops of the caramel apples, I used a swooping kind of motion, like making a cursive W all around the top.
- Repeat this same ziploc and drizzle procedure with the white chocolate.
- Once all the apples have been decorated, place in fridge and allow the chocolate to set up completely, usually an hour or two.
- Once it is set up, the apples can be placed into the clear goodie bags, secured with the accompanying twist tie.
- I had printable stickers for my son's birthday theme (Curious George), so I stuck ones on that said "Thank you" so they would know it was a party favor for coming. Worked great!
|Finished party caramel apples. Loved them!|