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Party Caramel Apples Recipe

Party Caramel Apples Recipe

I like to decorate my caramel apples with red-hot candies, mini M&M's, jimmies and other small candies. You can really have fun with these. — Natalie Bremson, Plantation, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min. + standing YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 medium Red Delicious apples
  • 8 Popsicle sticks
  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons molasses
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chopped salted peanuts and red-hot candies
  • 4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

Directions

  • 1. Wash and dry apples; remove stems. Insert Popsicle sticks into bottoms of apples. Place on a buttered baking sheet; refrigerate until ready to use.
  • 2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, milk, corn syrup, maple syrup, molasses and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  • 3. Dip apples, one at a time, into caramel and then into an ice-water bath for 1-2 seconds to set caramel. Dip apples in peanuts; place on the buttered baking sheet. Press red-hot candies onto apples as desired.
  • 4. In a microwave, melt white chocolate; stir until smooth. Transfer to a small resealable plastic bag; cut a hole in a corner of the bag. Drizzle over apples. Repeat with semisweet chocolate. Decorate with additional nuts and candies as desired. Let stand until set. Yield: 8 caramel apples.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

1 caramel apple equals 911 calories, 31 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 293 mg sodium, 161 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.