This is DEFINITELY the season for caramel apples. And making homemade caramel (instead of just melting Kraft caramels) isn’t as hard as you think! Plus, the taste difference between homemade and Kraft caramels is ENORMOUS! I couldn’t believe how much better the homemade was. I don’t know why, but I’m always so surprised when I make something from scratch and it tastes better than what the store bought stuff does. Give it a try and make sure you check out the video on how to do them!
Homemade Caramel Apples
8-10 Granny Smith Apples (with popsicle sticks)
1 c. butter
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (1/2 c. hot water + 1 c. non-instant dry milk powder + 1 c. sugar + 1 T. butter, mixed in blender-click HERE for a video of how to make sweetened condensed milk)
2 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. corn syrup
1 t. vanilla
1. Wash and dry apples. Stick popsicle sticks in the stem. Place aluminum foil or wax paper sprayed with non-stick spray on 9×13 pans.
2. Melt butter and brown sugar together over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Add in sweetened condensed milk and corn syrup and keep stirring constantly! Heat until 245 degrees (keep stirring!) on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into cup of very cold water forms a firm ball that holds its shape until pressed. Immediately remove from heat and add vanilla.
3. Roll apples in caramel and place on foil/wax paper lined pan. Allow to cool for 2 hours.
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