Store bought caramels are good but if you want to knock it out of the park try making your caramel from scratch.
- 6 medium apples (granny smith are most often used, we like honey crisp apples)
- 6 wooden skewers
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup chopped peanuts
- 6 caramel apple sticks
- Wash apples and dry thoroughly. Insert a wooden apple stick in stem end of each apple. Spray plate with cooking spray.
- In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, corn syrup, milk and salt. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, to 230°F. on candy thermometer or until a few drops of syrup dropped into cup of cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool slightly.
- Quickly dip apples into caramel, swirling until completely covered. Dip bottoms in chopped peanuts.
- Place apples on wax paper covered cookie sheet and place in refrigerator for 15 minutes to allow caramel is set.
This recipe is very easy to double or triple to make as many apples as needed.