Maple Caramel for Apples

"This makes a delicious caramel for making caramel apples. The flavors evoke the fall harvest and are perfect for Halloween and winter holidays. The covered apples can be covered in additional toppings of you choice like dried cranberries, toasted walnuts or candied ginger. You can also use crushed cookies, pretzels or candies of your choice."
photo by Eric M. photo by Eric M.
photo by Eric M.
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  • This will make 8 apples depending on size.
  • Use the apples of your choice.
  • Line a baking tray with waxed paper and thoroughly coat with butter. Once cooled, they can be moved to a more decorative tray.
  • Pierce apples with Popsicle sticks, cleaned branch pieces or wooden chopsticks. If using wooden kebab sticks, make sure they are sturdy enough to hold apples and cut off any sharp ends. If using branch pieces, be sure they are very clean, organic and from a non-toxic tree source.
  • Have any toppings placed out in bowls or on plates.
  • Place first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and cook on medium heat for about 12-15 minutes, or until 250 on thermometer.
  • Remove from heat and add 4 tablespoons butter. Mix well.
  • If you like a salted caramel add the sea salt, otherwise omit. Personally, I suggest you omit and just sprinkle sea salt or kosher salt on the dipped apples of your choice. Not everyone may like salted caramel.
  • Take your apple on stick and dip and roll around in caramel. Immediately place on coated wax paper, or roll in topping and place on wax paper.
  • Suggested Toppings: Candied Ginger, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts, Crushed Cookies or Pretzels, Sprinkles. Be Creative!
  • Sauce will keep for 2 days covered in fridge. To reuse, slowly reheat over low heat.
  • Not recommended for canning.
  • NOTE: If using Dark Brown Sugar or Dark Corn Syrup it will affect the color and flavor. I suggest not using and letting the maple flavor shine. Dark sweeteners can compete due to their strong taste.

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