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Caramel vs Candy-Coated
Do You like Your Apples Covered in Caramel or Candied?
"Lemme just talk to you for a second about something that I think is good for America: caramel apples,... I had one last night. Delicious." - Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report
Coated with golden caramel or candied shiny-red, an Apple-On-A-Stick is a favorite late summer and fall treat! It's great to do after seasonal apple picking with the family or for a Halloween party for kids and adults alike. This article will help you learn how to do caramel or candy apples yourself and there are even suggested recipes for those folks who need lower-sugar options. These can make a sweet treat for parties, or tasty gifts during the fall season.
Super-Quick Caramel Apples-on-a-Stick
6 large or 8 medium-sized apples
1 package chewy caramel candies
plain wooden craft sticks
a baking sheet
1) Unwrap the caramel candies and put into a pot over low to medium heat until they melt.
2) Wash apples and remove their stems. Push one wooden stick into the center of the apple. This works best if you push it in from the same end where you took the stem off.
3) Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
4) When caramel has melted, dip the apples into caramel and coat well.
5) Stand apples up on waxed paper
6) Put apples into the fridge to make the caramel firm up.
Tips and Tricks:
~ You can also melt the caramel in a microwave oven but do it carefully so you don't boil or burn it. A glass bowl is best for this or using a container made just for this purpose.
~ If you're doing this with kids, consider getting smaller apples as it's much easier for them to bite into, which leads to a bit less mess. Sort of a mini caramel or candy apple.
~ If the caramel is a bit too thick once it melts, you can add a tablespoon or two of milk to help it thin out.
~ Many stores with "bulk" goods offer caramel candies in bulk. These are often cheaper than brand-name candy.
So the coating sticks...
...wash your apples before you start!
Most commercial apples are polished with an edible food-grade wax to make them appear shiny, but this can interfere with the caramel or candy coating sticking to the apple. Apples should be scrubbed down and fully dry before you dip them.
Caramel Apple Kit
You provide the apples and this easy-to-use caramel apple kit provides the rest. Includes caramel mix and sticks. Good for a kids party, or a first-try if you have never done it yourself!
Chocolate-dipped apples are yummy too
- Caramel Apple Pie on a Stick Recipe
Enjoy this Caramel Apple Pie on a Stick recipe from Ham on the Street
- Chocolate Apples On A Stick Recipe
This variation uses chocolate and peanut butter chips to coat the apples.
- Crockpot Caramel Apple Recipe
Caramel apple recipe for the crockpot or slow cooker. This is a caramel apple dip recipe cooked or melted in the crockpot.
- Gourmet Caramel Apple Recipe Homemade
This homemade caramel apple recipe is so simple, you'll kick yourself for ever buying caramel apples at the store!
For cooks who want to melt a high-quality caramel...
If you want a bulk block of great caramel to melt down and dip into, this 5 lb. chunk of butter-sugar heaven is what you are seeking.
"Make Your Own Caramel" Variations
With these recipes, you don't use a ready-made caramel candy. These are my faves as I think the caramel is much yummier!
- Make Caramel Apples (Fall Crafts) - and More Family Fun
My girls' favorite way to use up our supply: this classic gooey extravaganza. The recipe makes a glossy caramel coating that sticks to the apples without pulling out your fillings.
- Traditional Scottish Recipes - Toffee Apples
While the sugar, syrup and butter will certainly not help a politically correct caloried controlled diet. But at least the fruit is healthy!
This is the variation where the apple dip is sugar-based and dries to a high-gloss finish, making what is most often called a Candy or Candied Apple.
Homemade Candied Apples
- Halloween Recipes - Wanda's Halloween Cookbook - Halloween Candied Apples
When I think of autumn, I can't help but think of candied apples! That brilliant red color, the sharp taste of cinnamon. And the tart taste of the first apples of the Autumn harvest!
- How to Make Candied Apples
How to Make Candied Apples. Remember the delicious crunch of candied apples? Now you can make your own for the whole family (except for the kids with braces on their teeth, of course).
- Candied Apples Recipe
Make your own candied apples at home. Great for bake sales or fund-raisers.
- Candied Apples II
Apples with a hard candy coating, like you can get at fairs.
- Bombs on Sticks Toffee Apples
Scrumptious, crunchy toffee apples for the young and young at heart
Caramel-Coated and Chocolate-Dipped
Lower-sugar and Diabetic Recipes
If you need to control your sugars, here are some variations on the caramel candy apple that can help you get the flavor without so much of the sugars.
Modify your candy apple sugars with...
- Diabetic Candy Apple Recipe
This recipe uses gelatin and diet cola to make a candied-like coating for apples.
- Diabetic caramel apple salad@Everything2.com
This apple salad imitates the taste of a caramel apple.
- Sugar-Free Caramel Apple Dessert, Desserts - Diabetic Recipes from dLife.com
You will think you are cheating with this recipe. It is delicious!