Tuesday, October 15, 2013

candy bar caramel apples

happy to report these are amazing. so amazing, that i may have eaten a whole apple by myself in one day.
making your own caramel is surprisingly simple. Use a candy thermometer taking the guess out of determining the appropriate consistency. i used chopsticks instead of popsicle sticks, but either will do. 
my candy bars included twix, snickers, reese's peanut butter cups and butterfingers. just run a knife through them and put them in separate bowls.

candy bar caramel apples
6 large granny smith apples
2 c light brown sugar
2/3 c dark karo syrup
1/4 c butter
1 tsp sea salt
candy bars of your choice, chopped

1. stick chopsticks through the apple core and push down a few inches. prep a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. combine brown sugar, karo syrup, butter and salt in a sauce pan. bring to a low boil at medium- high heat stirring vigorously. simmer for 10-12 minutes or until your thermometer reads 215°. at this point the sugar will be melted and the caramel will be formed. 
3. pour caramel in a deep bowl. dip apples in caramel and hold upside down slowly turning the apple sideways allowing the caramel to adhere and harden. (a good 30 seconds). Dip in one of the candy bar bowls pressing candy bar pieces onto the lower third of the apple. 
4. repeat with all apples. store in the fridge, but be sure to take out an hour before eating so your candy isn't too hard.

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