A Year of Holidays: Caramel Apples

A review of Caramel Apples from “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays” cookbook.

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Caramel Apples

20180929_155143On this Mischief Night, I made a Halloween classic in preparation for tomorrow: caramel apples!

I’ve made caramel apples before, but using the pre-packaged stuff that you just heat up.  This one’s from scratch, and you can taste the difference.  It’s legit!

First step: skewer the apples.  I asked my husband to pick up Popsicle sticks, and instead he bought a bunch of Popsicles and figured he’d eat enough of them before I begin to get me the sticks.  Guess we’re not sharing these apples with anyone!


Then sugar and corn syrup are combined in a pot and heated over the stove until they turn amber-colored.

The heat is turned low while butter and heavy cream are added, and then the heat’s turned back up again until the caramel reaches 250F on a candy thermometer.20180929_165111

The caramel is supposed to cool for 20 minutes before you dip the apples, but I feel like it could have used a bit more time to cool down.  A lot of my caramel slid off the apples.

I tried adding some nuts and chocolate chips to a couple of them as well, which of course tasted great.  They weren’t necessary, though – these are great with just plain caramel!

In fact, when all the apples were dipped, my husband and I each grabbed a spoon and just ate the remaining caramel by itself.  Our stomachs are now in pain from all the sugar, but it was totally worth it!


Taste: 10/10

Sooooo gooey and delicious!  I would definitely make these again!

20180929_155611Difficulty: Average

You’ll need to be super careful around the caramel while it’s heating, and again when you’re dipping the apples.  One little splash caught me on the finger and my skin immediately started bubbling…not fun.

Cost: Average

You will of course need apples and popsicle sticks for this!  Other ingredients include sugar, corn syrup, butter, and heavy cream.

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