The autumn months have arrived! You may not make it to the typical autumn festivals or county fairs this year but you can still get your family together for a modest outdoor gathering.
Everyone can still enjoy fall’s signature flavors, such as hot mulled cider, a hearty pot of soup, and caramel apples. These delicious sweets have long been an autumn favorite.
Blend the crisp and juicy texture of apples with the sticky, decadent feel of caramel for all ages. As much as sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and nuts, apples and caramel are synonymous with autumn. So today, we’re making a true home-cooked treat: caramel apples prepared entirely from scratch on the stove
This homemade caramel apple is so simple that you don’t even need a recipe. In fact, you only need four ingredients. Follow these easy step-by-step caramel apple instructions, and you’ll have a delicious fall treat in no time. After all, isn’t this how we commemorate the fall season?
- 3 cooking apples
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup sweet white wine or water
- 1 cinnamon stick
Steps In Making Caramel Apples
- Each apple should be cored and sliced into 1cm thick slices.
- Warm the sugar, wine, and cinnamon stick in a large frying pan. Cook each side for 2 minutes after adding the apple rings. Remove the apple rings from the pan and place them on a plate.
- Cook the liquid until it thickens into a syrup (about 3-5 minutes). Replace the apples in the pan and pour the syrup over them.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks and serve the apples hot or cold with vanilla ice cream or honey-flavored yogurt.
The Best Apple To Use For Caramel Apples
A tart Granny Smith apple is a wonderful choice, and many caramel apple producers use it as their go-to apple. It will balance the sweetness of the caramel topping, and the apple’s beautiful green tint contrasts nicely with the caramel’s golden hue.
If you think Granny Smiths are too tart for you, you have several alternatives. Remember that the finest apples for creating caramel apples are the same ones you’d use in an apple pie:
- Firm apples with a sweet-tart flavor profile.
- Look for Honeycrisps, Pippins, Pink Ladys, or Jonagold apples at your local farmers’ market or grocery shop.
- Avoid excessively sweet apples and those that are mushy or mealy, such as Red Delicious.
Pro Tips For Making The Perfect Caramel Apple
Choose The Best Apples
If you can get them, go for smaller apples. When you first cover the apples with caramel, the larger ones seem spectacular. However, the smaller ones have a better ratio of apple to sweet topping.
- Choose apples that are as spherical as possible with an even bottom for aesthetic sake. It will make them sit neatly on a plate and prevent them from colliding.
- Pick apples that are free of spots and firm. If they have a waxy coating on them, make careful to remove it before usage.
Remove Wax From Your Apples
Always work with apples that haven’t been waxed. If you buy apples that have been waxed, here are some methods for removing the wax:
- Scrub the apple skins in warm water with a fresh new green scouring pad;
- Immediately remove the wax off apples by dipping them in hot water for a few seconds.
- Make a paste for the apples using water and baking soda. Massage it all over the apples; or
- Fill a dish halfway with lukewarm water. Mix in 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 teaspoons baking soda. Clean the apples with a soft vegetable brush after adding them to the water.
Have Your Apples At Room Temperature
Allow the apples to cool completely before dipping them in the caramel. Some people advise freezing the apples, while others prefer leaving them at room temperature. I’ve had better results with apples at room temperature.
Place The Dipped Apples On Parchment Paper
Place the apples on parchment paper after dipping them. It’s incredible how easily the caramel peels away from the paper. According to some people, parchment paper is easier to utilize than wax paper.
Cool The Dipped Apples In The Fridge
After dipping them, you may put the apples in the fridge if you arrange the parchment paper on a pan before starting. It will assist in solidifying the caramel and keep it from slipping off the pan.
Health Benefits Of Caramel Apples
The apple you’re eating has many health advantages that you won’t find in other sweet foods like candies or cookies. Caramel apples are also high in protein, antioxidant phytonutrients, and dietary fiber.
A typical caramel apple contains 160 calories and 28 grams of sugar. This amount of sugar may appear excessive, but it is comparable to the amount found in a carton of fruit yogurt.
Rolling your caramel apples in crushed nuts adds protein, fiber, and vitamin E to your sweets, boosting their nutritional value. Another approach to enjoy a caramel apple without ingesting too much sugar and calories is to split it with someone.
Frequently Asked Questions About Caramel Apples
What Are The Best Caramel Apple Toppings?
Although the caramel apples are delicious on their own, it’s enjoyable to play dress-up now and then. After years of preparing caramel apples, I can assure you that the following are the finest topping choices:
- Mini M&M’s
- Flaky sea salt
- Crushed Oreos
- Chopped nuts
- Chopped candy bars
- Crushed pretzels
- Marshmallow bits
- White chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate bars melted for dipping
- Crushed graham crackers with ground cinnamon
- Shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
If you’re going to dip or drizzle apples in melted chocolate, let the caramel set first and then dip in the chocolate. But if you want additional toppings to your chocolate, do it soon after you’ve dipped it and before it hardens.
Can You Make A Double Batch Or Small Batch?
I wouldn’t suggest making a double batch unless you have several people ready to dip. The caramel will begin to solidify, and you’ll have to keep warming it.
How Long Can You Store Caramel Apples?
- Serve: You should eat Caramel Apples fresh. When you puncture the apple with the craft stick, you’ve begun the process of the apple rotting if left outside.
- Store: Caramel Apples can be stored in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Freeze: Caramel apples should not be frozen. It would be best to eat them as soon as possible, preferably directly from the fridge.
Why Does My Caramel Have Bubbles?
We’ve all had a few bubbles in the past. Here’s what I learned about the causes of caramel bubbles and how to avoid them.
1. Stirring vigorously
To keep the caramel from burning, I find that swirling it is essential. However, if you mix the caramel too aggressively, it will produce many air bubbles. So, do not stir vigorously.
2. Apples release gasses that cause bubbles
To avoid bubbles, it would be better to soak the apple in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, cook them for 1 minute. You’ll want to do this ahead of time so that your apples aren’t too hot when you dip them.
These techniques will also assist in the removal of wax from store-bought apples. The caramel will also slide off the apple due to the wax.
3. Turn the apple slowly when dipping
This is a difficult task! Because, after all, we want to get all of the apples immersed before the caramel hardens.
There is another trick, however. If you leave a bigger pan filled with hot water on the stove, you can place your caramel pan in it to soften the caramel if necessary.
Some Final Words
Caramel apples are one of the season’s most delicious treats. They’re not only simple to make, but they’re also much more fun to customize.
It is one of the most uncomplicated and most delicious homemade caramel apples you’ll ever make.