Quick and Easy Caramel Apples Recipe

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You'll love this caramel apples recipe if you like boiled candy recipes. I grew up enjoying all the homemade candy favorites including peanut brittle, toffee, pecan turtles, taffy, pecan pralines and of course the traditional red colored candied apples.

Just like the traditional red colored candied apples, caramel apples are also favorite treats for Halloween. 

However you can create this delicious treat anytime of the year.  

The only requirement is a love of candy, apples, and a little creativity.

Buying the apples and the remaining ingredients to make the caramel topping are too easy.  

The question of the day is how creative in decorating your caramel apples do you want to be?  

Just to spark you brains into full action, you can use any of the following as toppings: chopped nuts, candy sprinkles, melted chocolates, dried fruit, etc.  

Here's anther additional idea.  Instead of doing all the cooking yourself why don't you get your children involved?  Cooking caramel apples is a great way to introduce your kids to the art of cooking.  

Your children get to spend quality time with you after which they can enjoy some healthy apples topped with caramel and other tasty toppings.

Caramel Apples Recipe

This caramel apple recipe uses simple ingredients

Candy Thermometer Cooking Tips

This caramel apples recipe uses syrup which requires the use of a candy thermometer to measure the ideal temperature for the caramel before dipping the apples. The bottom line is that you should use a candy thermometer to ensure your candy will be the right consistency after cooking.

Before cooking always test the candy thermometer for accuracy. This can be accomplished by placing the thermometer in boiling water. Let your thermometer sit in boiling water for a few minutes. The reading should register the known boiling point of 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius. If the temperature reading is off just add or subtract the difference and adjust accordingly when checking the temperature of your candy.

Next you must know about reading the thermometer. In addition to temperature markers or indicators, candy thermometers have other readings that correspond with various stages of the candy cooking process. Your thermometer may be marked with any of the following stages or temperatures: thread, soft ball, medium ball, firm ball, hard ball, light crack, soft crack, hard crack or caramelized sugar. Just be sure your candy thermometer allow you to take the most accurate readings based on what the recipe calls out and you’ll be okay.

Never let the candy thermometer touch the bottom of the pot or you'll get a faulty reading.

One final thought, the key to creating the best boiled candy recipe is to use a candy thermometer.

LAZY Caramel Apples Recipe

Do you occassional get lazy and want to take the easy way out?  If so here is what you can do.  Head down to your local market and purchase caramel candy.  Melt the candies until the caramel becomes a thick liquid.  Poke popsicle stick into center of apples and dip each into the caramel liquid.  Cool the delicious treat and enjoy.

Before you go checkout our Red Candied Apples Recipe.

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