Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Homemaking Tip—Caramel


Julie asked me for the caramel recipe for caramel apples. Here it is. (I think it’s her mom’s recipe!)


2 cups light cream
2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
½ tsp. salt
½ cup butter (no substitutions)
1 Tbsp. vanilla

In a large heavy saucepan, heat cream, sugar and corn syrup until boiling. Cook and stir over moderate heat for 5 minutes, then add butter and salt. Turn heat to low and boil gently, stirring often until the temperature on candy thermometer reads 228-232 degrees (depending upon your altitude and how firm you want the caramel). Remove from heat and when cooled slightly, stir in vanilla. Cool ‘till warm to the touch and dip apples.

A few caramel apple tips . . .

♥ I usually double, triple, or quadruple this recipe. I’ve even seven-times’ed it, but wouldn’t recommend it.

♥ Use apples that haven’t been waxed so that the caramel will adhere better.

♥ If your caramel starts to slip off the apple simply mold it back around the apple when it has cooled.

♥ Use 3/8” dowel rods for sturdy sticks.

♥ Nice, clean, branches make attractive and natural looking sticks, too.

♥ If you have leftover caramel, pour it over cornflakes mixed with coconut and then drop onto waxed paper as individual drop cookies or press into a buttered baking pan (my preference). They trump rice-krispie treats!

♥ I use this caramel for turtles, caramel squares -- any recipe requiring caramel.

♥  After dipping the apples in caramel, let them cool and then dip in melted chocolate.  Garnish, embellish, decorate with drizzled white chocolate, sprinkles, chopped nuts, candy, etc.  Then put in cellophane bag and add a bow. 


Leslie said...

this sounds so scrumptious! We went to the Puyallup fair recently and there were caramel apples for sale there for like $6 each! I just couldn't bring myself to pay that much but I've been craving one ever since. I think I may have to give this a try soon.

Deanna/Mimi said...

Thanking you for sharing your way to do caramel apples. They look wonderful. I appreciate your talents and skills and that you willing to share. Deanna

melanie said...

I am taking this on sometime soon. If only I had a Grace and Cali to do it with. I'll find a couple substitutes if I have to.

Julie said...

Thanks Jane! I think it is mom's recipe! Always glad to have a tried and true winner! I will definitely try the cornflakes and coconut. Yummy!

Cassidy said...

This is great! I literally went to bed last night thinking I would email you today asking for your caramel recipe.

deidra said...

Why mess with cornflakes? Carmel scooped right out of the pan on a spoon is my favorite!

We made carmel apples while I was home. My sister searched high and low for a carmel recipe and most of them started with, "Unwrap 2 pounds Kraft carmels." Lame! Waiting for it to get to the right temperature is faster than unwrapping all those carmels. She found one that worked, but I'm glad to have one in my back pocket for next time!

Jill said...

I was wondering about your caramel recipe, so thanks for posting this. We have 2 apple trees in our backyard that are pretty much ready to be picked so I really want to make these!

Lucy said...


michelle said...

This sounds fabulous. I love caramel apples, and the cornflakes/coconut treat is calling my name as well.

Anonymous said...

if only I was ambitious...I think I will wait for the legacy chocolate apples! unless you have one of yours sitting on your counter in that case I will be down in a jiffy!

Barb said...

Those are the prettiest caramel apples. I've had bad luck with those, but maybe I'll be brave and try again.