photo by Lindsey Camp

by Lindsey Camp, website editor

The only thing better than trick-or-treating, leaves changing,and temperature dropping is the fall treats that come with the season.There are many tasty treats during this time such as , pumpkin pie, apple cider,and  roasted marshmallows. My all time favorite is caramel apples.

“ I love caramel apples because they are a perfect combination of tart and sweetness,” culinary teacher Amy Adams said.

Caramel apples are necessity at fall parties, they don’t just look great with pumpkin tablecloths, orange candles, and fake leaves, but they taste great too. To many, caramel apples are too tricky and messy, but in actuality this perfect fall treat can be attained in 60 short minutes. This recipe consist of making 16 gooey treats in six easy steps.

Ingredients:

  • 16 wooden sticks
  • 16 small apples ( red or green)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 sheet of wax paper

First, visit your local supermarket pick 16 fresh apples. The apples can be green or red;  green apples have a soury taste while red apples are sweet flavor.

Second Step: Second place the 16 apples you have picked out in your refrigerator until they’re cool, but not frozen.Then, you will take these apples out and insert your 16 wooden sticks into the top of them after removing the stem. Furthermore you will place the apples back into the refrigerator until the caramel is prepared and ready to be dipped into.

Third Step: Third you are going to make the caramel that adds the sweet goodness to your delicious treat. First, you will take the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a large saucepan and bring it all to a boil while continuously stirring it.Then you will let it continue to boil for up to nine minutes without stirring or touching.

Fourth Step: Fourth you take half salt and half vanilla extract and stir slowly into the saucepan full of the other ingredients.You will let this boil until the candy thermometer reaches 235° (45 minutes), stirring frequently.

Fifth step: Fifth you will pour the caramel contents into a bowl sittting in a hot water bath and pull out a paper size sheet of wax paper to place the apples on.Now you will take a chilled apple one by one and dip it into the caramel until it reaches the very top of the apple.After this step you will place the recently dipped apples onto the sheet of wax paper.

Sixth step: Lastly, you will place the apples on the counter to allow the caramel to fully grab ahold of the apple and harden itself. DO NOT place them into the refrigerator, they need to be cooling in a room temperature location.

If you’re ever in need of a nice, easy, and appetizing delight, here is your go to. Following all of these steps subsequently will make you 16 mouth watering fall treats to put you in a great mood. I got the idea and general instructions from this website: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/caramel-apples-4.