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Fairest Apple of Them All

caramel appleGrowing up reading Snow White we knew taking apples from strangers was a bad idea. So we were hesitant when our camping neighbors at Big Sur offered us some delicious looking caramel apples. We couldn’t resist however: the gooey apples called irresistibly to us, so we said yes. When the neighbors offered to show us how to make it? We said yes again! It’s a good thing we did, because now we’ve snagged the recipe and made our own caramel apples. Want one?


Serves 6                                        Total Time: 30 Minutes [10 minutes preparation; 20 minutes cooking]


6 whole apples                                                         1 cup brown sugar

Parchment paper                                                    ½ cup heavy cream

6 wooden skewers                                                   ⅓ cup water

Baking sheet                                                             4 tablespoons butter

½ cup chopped peanuts (optional)                     ½ teaspoon vanilla


For the apples:

1. Wash apples, dry them, and remove stems. Carefully insert wooden skewers into each apple at the stem end.

For the caramel sauce:

1. Pour brown sugar into small saucepan. Cover sugar with water.

2. Stir water and sugar mixture at medium heat for 5 minutes or until the sugar melts. When the sugar melts, stop stirring.

3. Bring the mixture to a boil (approximately 8-10 minutes). Do not stir sugar at this point. Watch the sugar closely as it comes to a boil to prevent burning the sugar.

4. When boiling sugar turns gold-amber in color remove from heat. Then carefully pour in the heavy cream, butter, and vanilla. Whisk gently for 7 minutes or until solution thickens into a smooth sauce.

For the caramel apple:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place chopped nuts in a medium-sized bowl. *

2. Hold each apple by the skewer over the caramel sauce pot and slowly spoon caramel over apple until it is fully coated.

3. Dip coated apple into nut bowl and place apple, skewer side up, on parchment paper.

4. Let apples stand for 10 minutes or until caramel has cooled to the touch and set firmly on apple.

5. Take a bite and enjoy!

* BT Tip: If you are allergic to nuts use chocolate chips instead for texture.

13 replies »

  1. I love the look of these caramel apples, I must make some.
    My grandad didn’t know he was allergic to some nuts, he’d eaten Brazil, Hazelnuts, peanuts all his life, then one day at my Aunts house he ate a small bowl of pistachio nuts, he began coughing but thought nothing of it, then his hands swelled up when he got home and he started to scratch them, the redness went up his arms and his back, his eyes swelled and watered and his face started to swell, my Nana forced him to see a doctor he didn’t want to, and he had some antihistamine and was fine. Best not make one for him 🙂

    • What an awful experience for your grandpa, Charlotte! Glad to hear he recovered after taking some antihistamine. He could still enjoy caramel apples, but without the nuts on top…. 😀

  2. A perfect time to share such a post, given that apple season is underway! Here in Moldova just today, we purchased 1 kg. of gargantuan apples for about USD $0.30. I whipped up a dish of Apple Crisp last week with another purchase of apples and am thinking it’d be fun to make these All-American Caramel Apples for our Moldovan hosts. 🙂 I appreciate the inspiration!

    • Glad that the timing worked out for the recipe! Let me know how your Caramel Apples turn out. They are such a fun treat at fairs and always make us think of cool autumn days. Apple crisp also sounds like a delicious way to enjoy apples. By the way, are fruits and vegetables always available for such great prices in Moldova?

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