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Monday, October 17, 2011

Caramel Apples

When it comes to candy this is your season. For the kids and the kid in you it is officially open season for all things sweet. One of my favorite treats has always been caramel coated apples. This I suppose is because this treat provides a bit of nutrition with an overload of sugar.

While you still have a little time to get your Halloween goodies together or even plan for next year you should try your hand at making your own caramel apples. With a few ingredients that you probably already have you can easily make these tasty and nutritious seasonal treats. Just be careful with the hot sugar mixture and handle with care.

1 pound dark brown sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup dark corn syrup
1/3 cup maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon molasses
¼ teaspoon salt
12 popsicles sticks
12 medium apples

In a heavy bottom 3 quart saucepan combine the brown sugar, butter, condensed milk, corn syrup, maple syrup, molasses and salt. Stir over medium heat until all of the sugar dissolves. Brush the sides of the pan with water to ensure that all of the sugar dissolves. Next attach a candy thermometer to the pan and cook until the temperature reaches 236 degrees stirring constantly. Next pour the caramel mixture into a metal bowl and allow to cool to below 200 degrees. Next place the sticks in the apples and dip into the caramel. Place on a sheet pan lined with buttered aluminum foil. Allow to cool and enjoy.

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