Caramel Apples

Halloween is just around the corner and candy is everywhere you look! Making candy at home is a super fun way to indulge and not feel so bad about it because its homemade (right?). At least thats what I keep telling myself! This recipe makes a lot of caramel left over after dipping your apples. Save the leftovers to drizzle over ice-cream or pour the leftover caramel into canning jars, tie a festive ribbon around the top and give it away as a fancy hostess gift or put a smile on a deservings neighbors face! It is great to get the kids involved dipping in this recipe but be very cautious with the hot caramel, make sure that it is cool to the touch before getting little hands in the mix (because they will get into the mix!).

2 cups sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup corn syrup

1 cup evaporated milk

1 pint heavy whipping cream

2 sticks of butter

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup of chopped peanuts (optional)

10 apples

Wash and dry your apples and place a craft stick or candy stick in the top. Spread the chopped peanuts out onto a tray. In a medium sized sauce pan over high heat combine the sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, cream and butter. Stirring continuously, let the sugars melt and cook all together for about seven minutes or so depending on how hot your stove gets. When the caramel starts getting that rich caramel aroma it should be done. Don’t worry if it still looks quite runny, it will thicken as it cools. Before dipping your apples you want the caramel to cool so that it won’t all run off of the apples. I have no patience for this step so, I pour the caramel into a bowl and stir it frequently and keep it in the refrigerator until it is thick and cool enough to touch. I even place my prepared apples in the freezer for about 10 minutes to help the caramel stick. Once you are ready, dip the apples as many times as you wish and then place them on your prepared nut tray.

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