It’s fall and that means it’s apple season!!! Yay! Double Yay!! So, therefore, it seems like the perfect time to make scrumptious Old Fashioned Double Dipped Caramel Apples!!!
Growing up on a farm meant my family always had an abundance of organic apples in the fall. Naturally, that meant we also enjoyed all kinds of recipes that included apples. Rather than buying prebaked goods, we made our own goodies. Homemade Apple pie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is a favorite as well as Old Fashioned Praline Apple Bread and Mini Flax’n Apple Muffin Cakes (just to mention a few).
While we enjoyed all kinds of delicious homemade apple bread, pie, cakes, and applesauce, we also enjoyed making homemade apple cider.
Old Fashioned Double Dipped Caramel Apples are yet another fabulous treat. If you have never made homemade caramel apples before you are really missing out on some fun! Maybe they’ll become a favorite recipe for you too.
TIP: Usually, most apples purchased in the store are coated with a waxy film to prevent spoilage. This film often prevents the caramel from sticking to the surface of the apple. Therefore organic apples work best, although you can use a rough cloth and vigorously rub the skins of waxed apples before dipping them in caramel.
Okay, let’s start making caramel apples!
The caramel sauce begins by placing butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup and a pinch of salt into a saucepan. A can of condensed milk is then added once the mixture reaches a boiling point. The cooking process continues until the mixture is a caramel color and the temperature reaches 248 degrees F. Using a candy thermometer is the easiest way to make sure the caramel sauce is ready.
Now that the caramel sauce has finished cooking it’s time to add vanilla. NOTE: If you add the vanilla during the cooking process the flavor will cook out and as a result, the caramel sauce will not be as flavorful.
Now comes the fun part! Dipping and swirling the apples in the caramel sauce!
Allow the excess caramel to drip off the apples before placing them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Refrigerate the apples for 1 to 2 hours.
In order to double-dip the apples, reheat the remaining caramel sauce and repeat the dipping process again.
While the caramel is still hot, roll the apples in chopped nuts, candies, crushed cookies or graham crackers, miniature marshmallows, shredded coconut and much more.
The picture above is a caramel apple rolled in chopped pecans, crush Heath Bits and candy sprinkles.
Anna and I are always looking for ways to spend quality time with family. Because it is so important to make memories as a family, consider taking some time to make these Old Fashioned Double Dipped Caramel Apples with your children and other friends and family. Most of all, they will love doing a fun activity with you.
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