We have several wild apple trees in our front yard that produce very tart apples. Not so great for eating but perfect for dipping in homemade salted caramel! On the past few Halloweens, I've taken the kids and their friends on a walk through Discovery Park to collect sticks then we return home and everyone picks their apple off the tree to dip in salted caramel. The salted caramel is a recipe that I learned from a neighbor while living in France with a few modifications (brown sugar and corn syrup) to stick better to the apples.
Other tart apples, like Granny Smith or Braeburn also work great.
2 cups (400g) packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup (60g) salted butter, at room temperature (use unsalted if you don't want salted caramel)
1 & 3/4 cups (420ml) of heavy cream
1 cup (240ml) light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 small - medium sized apples, cold from at least 2 hrs in the fridge. Apples without spots or bruises work best.
- 6 sticks, 5.5 - 7 inches
- Pull out the apple’s stem and insert a stick 1.5 inches. keep close to caramel or return to fridge if you have room.
- For the salted caramel, add the brown sugar, salted butter, heavy cream, light corn syrup into a heavy bottom pot or cocotte (like a le creuset) and stir gently to combine. Let the mixture cook and melt together until it reaches 240°F (116°C), It should take about 15 – 20 minutes.
- Remove the caramel from heat, let stand for about a minute then stir in the vanilla.
- Allow caramel to cool for a few minutes more (but not too long!), then dip your apples. Let the excess caramel drip off, then place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Apply the caramel lightly at first so it won't pool too much at the bottom (if it does, you can always cut off the caramel with scissors once cool). If the caramel becomes too thick, gently rewarm it over a low heat.
- The apples can be enjoy immediately or you can let the caramel set which will take about an hour.
We're more purists, but you can certainly add sprinkles, nuts, chocolate drizzle, etc! Just make sure you do it quickly after dipping the apples as the caramel begins to set fast.