I learned to make homemade caramel in my mother's kitchen when I was very young, and have used and adapted her recipe many times over the years. My first few attempts at making caramel without my mom helping resulted in either over cooked and burnt caramel or an undercooked runny mess.
This recipe is simple and takes most of the worry of the equation. If you've never made caramel before this recipe is pretty close to foolproof. Simply made; all the ingredients get dumped into the pan at the same time, all you need from there is a kitchen timer and a candy thermometer. The most delicious and easy caramel I've ever made, this recipe proved perfect for caramel apples. I can't wait to try this it out when making popcorn balls and caramel corn.
Easy Caramel Apples and Salted Caramel Squares
Recipe Type: Dessert, Candy
- 2 sticks butter
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cups corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon dark molasses
- 1 14- ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- In heavy bottom sauce pan, combine first 6 ingredients and ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Heat mixture to a boil just over medium heat, stirring frequently.
- Then without stirring, bring mixture to 239 degrees then immediately remove from heat
- Carefully pour caramel into a medium non-stick saucepan
- Allow to cool 10 minutes before dipping apples.
For Salted Caramel Squares:
Pour caramel into a rimmed cookie sheet that has been lightly buttered, cool completely, cut into 2x2 inch squares, top each square with a pinch of sea salt and wrap in waxed paper, twist to seal ends.
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how many caramel apples did this recipe make please they look so good 🙂
Thank you Rona, The recipe generally make 4-6 apples. This is really my favorite caramel apple recipe, I hope you try it and let me know what you think!
I must be blind... I don't see the recipe! Help!
I'm so sorry Holly! After many recipe troubles, I've had to deactivate one of my recipe plugins. You should be able to see the recipe now
Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies
These look amazing! A perfect fall treat!
Caramel apples are so great! And such a classic in fall. And I certainly can't resist salted caramel! Good stuff - thanks.
Thank you kr!! I can't wait to make popcron balls using this recipe!
Hi Autism Types, first let me thank your for visiting today! I really appreciate your kind Words. I'm also a purest when it comes to caramel apples. I love the simple elegance of tart apples with buttery sweet caramel. I hope you try the recipe, you won't be able to eat just one!
Just love caramel apples, they are a real treat when we are at the mall, they have one of those stores that all they sell is covered apples. Family always laughs at me because I always go for a nice plain caramel apple. They get those ones covered in candies and nuts.
Thanks for your recipe, will really have to try for myself at home.
Autism Types, I'm with you, plain caramel with a crisp green apple. All that other stuff just takes away form the delicious simplicity of the caramel apple.