What is Fall without some caramel apples? You see these fancy apples in gourmet stores these days and they can cost $10 or more. For the same $10 you can make a batch for you with plenty left over for gifts.

I use Honey Crisp apples for this since they are huge and they’re sweet and crisp hence the name I’m guessing, but they’re great. You can use whatever apple that appeals to you.

Which ever apple you choose, be sure to put them is some boiling water for a minute to get the wax off the skin. If you skip this step, all the caramel goodness will slide right off your apple.

Caramel recipe:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon kosher salt

In a clip your candy thermometer to a heavy saucepan over low heat, add butter, sugar cream and corn syrup and stir until boiling. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally until the thermometer reaches 248 degrees or firm ball stage.
Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. You are ready to coat your prepared apples!

Once the caramel is done, spoon it over your apples and let them cool. After about 15 minutes or so you can temper some chocolate in the microwave. I used semi-sweet chips and nuked them on high for 20 sec intervals until the chips melted. Apply the chocolate to the apple and then coat with pecans if you like. You can also put the chocolate in a squirt bottle to have more control over the application. I like mine a little more “rustic”.

A really great tutorial for making your own apples can be found at The Yummy Life.