This yummy sweet caramel apple recipe was originally submitted by Farhad Zafari (iranchef).
I think caramel apples are every kids favorite, and lots of adults too. Making them yourself is lots of fun. Just make sure to follow the safety precautions below.
This recipe shows you exactly how to make caramel apples step by step.
Special equipment needed for this recipe: candy thermometer, and lollipop sticks
Caramel Apple Recipe
- 6 - 8 apples, small, unwaxed, cold
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup honey
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Push a lollipop or popsicle stick deep into each apple - in through the stem.
- Fill a large bowl 1/2 full with ice water and set aside.
- In a medium, thick-bottomed saucepan heat the cream and salt until tiny bubbles start forming where the milk touches the pan - just before a simmer. Stir in the honey. Bring the mixture to a boil. Now reduce the heat to an active simmer and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for about 15-20 minutes or until the mixture reaches about 255-260ºF degrees.
- To stop the caramel from cooking, very, very carefully set the bottom of the saucepan in the bowl of cold water you prepared earlier - taking special care not to get any of the water in the caramel mixture. Stir until caramel begins to thicken up - you want the caramel to be thin enough that it will easily coat your apples, but not so thin that it will run right off. If the caramel thickens too much simply put the pot back over the burner for 10 seconds or so to heat it up a bit.
- I tilt my sauce pan so all the caramel forms a pool on one side, and use my other hand to dunk and twirl each apple until it is thoroughly coated with caramel. Place each apple on the parchment lined baking sheets and allow the caramel to cool and set.
Note: Most of the apples we buy in the grocery store have a thin coating of wax on them to help make them look shiny and more appealing. The recipe calls for unwaxed apples because that thin layer of wax keeps the caramel from sticking to the apple properly. Organic apples are not waxed, so either use organic apples or really scrub your apples to remove as much of the wax as possible before you make your caramel apples.
Farhad has this warning when making this recipe:
Please be careful when making caramel apples, you will be working with dangerously hot, sticky, ingredients – I always put on an apron and make sure I have a closed-toed pair of shoes on when making candy. Be extra, extra careful if you have kids around. On the ingredient front, I typically go for a mild clover honey when making caramels.