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caramel apples

(8 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Wendy Rusch
Cameron, WI

My mom worked at an apple orchard when I was a child and they made apple cider, apple pies, apple crisps, caramel apples, etc. to sell, besides all the wonderful apples. My mom acquired the recipes for these things and they all were good, but this one is OMGosh Good! It makes the best caramel apples! For difficulty, I'm giving them a medium... they're not hard to make, just time-consuming and putsy.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

What a delight! If you love caramel apples in the fall, these are truly classic. The homemade caramel is creamy and tastes fantastic. We love all the topping options. These caramel apples can be dipped into any of your favorite toppings. A real Blue Ribbon treat.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(8 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
method Stove Top

Ingredients For caramel apples

  • 1 c
    pecans, peanuts, almonds or walnuts, chopped
  • 12 md
    apples, tart ones, washed and dried
  • 12
    popsicle sticks
  • 2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 c
    light corn syrup
  • 8 Tbsp
  • 1 oz
    sweetened condensed milk (15 oz)
  • 1 tsp

How To Make caramel apples

  • Nuts and other toppings on wax paper.
    Lay out a large sheet of wax paper. Sprinkle nuts, or your desired toppings, onto it to be ready to set apples on after dipping.
  • Popsicle sticks pressed into apples.
    Stick popsicle sticks into the tops of apples. Set apples aside.
  • Sugar, syrup, and butter boiling in a saucepan.
    In a saucepan combine sugar, syrup, and butter. Stir well and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly.
  • Adding milk to the caramel mixture.
    Stir in milk, slowly as to not stop the boiling, continue to stir constantly until mixture reaches 235 degrees/softball stage.
  • Ready to pour vanilla extract into the saucepan.
    Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  • Dipping apples into the caramel.
    Allow caramel to cool about 5-7 minutes, stirring it constantly. Then dip apples. You'll have to tip the saucepan on its side almost, then roll the apples in the caramel.
  • Dipping apples into the toppings.
    Set into nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool. Then enjoy!!!
  • Caramel dripping off the Carmel Apples.
    *For extra added yumminess, you can sprinkle more chopped nuts on top of apples after dipping. And/or you can sprinkle many things on them from coconut to crushed Oreos. *Also, something fun to do, especially if giving as gifts, melt some milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate (or all three) and drizzle over the apples after they've set.