Caramel apples, also called taffy apples, are popular treats during Halloween and Bonfire Night. These treats are easy and fun to prepare: just insert sticks on apples and dip or roll them in hot caramel then allow them to cool. You can also roll them in nuts, raisins or other small confections. Here is an easy dessert recipe for Caramel Apples.
8 apples, any variety
1 cup chopped peanuts or other nut of your choice (you can also use chocolate chips, chopped dried fruits, candy sprinklers, etc.)
1 cup heavy cream, divided
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Wash and completely dry the apples. Insert a stick into the stem end of each.
- Line a 9-by-9-inch or 7-by-11-inch baking pan with foil. Place the chopped nuts into the lined pan.
- Fit a heavy-bottomed saucepan with a candy thermometer. Over high heat, cook 3/4 cup of the cream, the corn syrup, butter, and sugar to 280 degrees F (firm ball); at this point the syrup will be golden. Remove from the heat and carefully swirl in the remaining 1/4 cup of cream and the vanilla. Use caution; this is very hot and it may splatter.
- While the caramel is hot, dip and turn the apples into the caramel to coat and let the excess drip off. Let them cool a bit then dip the bottoms into the chopped nuts or decorate it with the chocolate chips, fruits and other confections. Arrange the apples on a nonstick or waxed paper-lined cookie sheet and let cool.