Gourmet Caramel Apples

Cassi is going to be soooo jealous when she reads this post! These Gourmet Caramel Apples are one of her favorite Halloween treats, and she is not here to enjoy them.  Maybe next year, you never know. I don’t remember if caramel apples were in the Harry Potter books or not, but I do seem to remember seeing them in the movies…so I had to make them for my party…..

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I called them Gourmet Caramel Apples because you can make them as fancy as you like, and they are drenched in chocolate!  This is the same caramel recipe that I used to make the Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Wands, and Chocolate Frogs.  This recipe makes quite a lot of caramel, so you will find yourself digging through your pantry searching for things to dunk into it! 😉

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Heat butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk in a heavy saucepan over Medium-High heat…..

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Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Continue cooking and stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 248 degrees, about 30 minutes…..

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Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla…..

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Place a stick {wooden popsicle sticks, Wilton plastic branch sticks, etc} into the center of each apple and dip into caramel, turning to completely coat…..

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Allow excess to drip off the apple, using a spoon to wipe off if necessary…..

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Place on silpat/parchment paper and allow to cool, about 2 to 3 hours…..

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I prefer the silpat over the parchment paper, but they both work. Place chocolate in a large bowl and heat in the microwave for 1 minute on HIGH. Stir, then continue cooking and stirring in 15 second intervals until chocolate is melted and smooth…..

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Dip caramel covered apples in the melted chocolate, turning to coat….or use a large spoon to drizzle over the caramel covered apple…..

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Set on silpat or parchment paper to set.  Before chocolate hardens, roll in your desired toppings, like chopped pecans for Turtle Caramel Apples…..

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or crushed OREOS if you’re Cassi…..

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Halloween sprinkles like the image at the top, or Fall sprinkles if they are not for Halloween…..

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Quick note about tempering chocolate…I have never done it! lol  I could not figure out why the caramel apples did not “spot” as they cooled, but the Chocolate Caramel Pretzels did???  The caramel apples are covered in melted Hershey Kisses®, which have already been tempered. It was the only milk chocolate that I had in the house. 😉  The pretzel wands were covered in melted bittersweet chocolate chips, because I wanted to try them.

Next time I will Google tempered chocolate and try to make them the correct way, or use melted candy bars!!

Here are the links to the previous Harry Potter Party posts…..

Harry Potter Party Food Collage | cookingwithcurls.com

Caramel Apples

Cauldron Cakes {Homemade Ding Dongs}

Gillyweed {Spinach} Dip

Troll Boogers

Butter Beer Cocktail

Polyjuice Potion Cocktail

Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Enjoy!!

Gourmet Caramel Apples

Serves 12
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Make Fall more fun with these delicious Gourmet Caramel Apples that are drenched in caramel, chocolate, and your choice of toppings.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 Cups packed, brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 14 Ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 10 Ounces chocolate (bittersweet or milk)
  • 12 apples (cleaned and dried)
  • nuts, crushed oreos, chopped pecans

Directions


Heat butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk in a heavy saucepan over Medium-High heat.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Continue cooking and stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 248 degrees, about 30 minutes.
Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
Place a stick into each apple and dip into caramel, turning to completely coat.
Allow excess to drip off, using a spoon if necessary, then place on parchment paper to set, about 2 to 3 hours.
Place bittersweet chocolate chips in a large bowl and heat in the microwave for 1 minute on HIGH. Stir, then continue cooking and stirring in 15 second intervals until chocolate is melted and smooth.
Dip caramel covered apples in the melted chocolate, using a large spoon to cover all sides.
Place on parchment paper to set. Sprinkle with toppings as chocolate begins to harden, but is still sticky.

Note

You may have more caramel than you need, so grab some pretzel rods or candy molds for the leftovers.

Chocolate will begin to spot/turn grey over time if chocolate is not tempered correctly.  It will not affect the taste, just the appearance.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!

Comments

  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    Caramel apples are one of my favorite things about Fall! Yummy – and I love Cassi’s idea with the Oreos! 😉 Pinning and stumbling!

  2. says

    Lisa these are wonderful! I love all the different options you included! I wouldn’t know which one to have, I would have to have them all. Your Harry Potter treats are all so fun, we always do a fun Harry Potter night with the kids when we watch the movies, I’m definitely going to have to hit up your site for the next HP night! Hope you’re having a wonderful week 🙂
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