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Carnival Caramel Apples

 Carnival Caramel Apples
With four kids (one child whose birthday is November 1), we celebrate Halloween in style around our house. These caramel apples are a tried-and-true favorite year after year. —Gail Prather, Bethel, Minnesota
10-12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • Dash salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 to 12 Popsicle sticks
  • 10 to 12 medium tart apples, washed and dried
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped

Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter; add the brown sugar, corn
  • syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes
  • to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a
  • candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage). Remove from the
  • heat; stir in vanilla.
  • Insert Popsicle sticks into apples. Dip each apple into hot caramel
  • mixture; turn to coat. Dip bottom of apples into peanuts. Place on
  • greased waxed paper until set. Yield: 10-12 apples.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 526 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 94 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.