If you like to make homemade treats, or are having a Halloween Party this year, then why not make the traditional Caramel Apples for the spooky night?
There are two recipes for this tasty treat, the first one is the easiest, and will take you the least amount of time. The second one is from scratch and is just as tasty but uses honey instead of brown sugar. You pick, but both of these recipes will have everyone wanting more, so you may need to double or triple the recipes!
Fast Homemade Caramel Treats
6 medium sized apples
1 (14 ounce bag) of wrapped caramels
2 tablespoons of milk
Over medium heat melt the caramels and the milk, stirring carefully, being careful not to splash or spill as this is hot!.
Take your clean apples (preferably cold right out of the fridge) and stick a Popsicle style stick in the end, and the dip in the pan of caramel.
Place on a butter pan or waxed paper and let cool. That didn't take to long did it? There was probably more time involved unwrapping the caramels. You can get your kids to help with that, but watch they don't get eaten!
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Honey Caramel Apple Treats
If you have the time these honey ones tastes great!
6 apples (cold from the fridge)
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup of honey
Line a baking tray with waxed paper or parchment paper or grease the pan. Push a stick into the apples. Now find a large bowl that you can fill with ice cubes and some water. (This is to cool the pan when the caramel is ready so it doesn't keep cooking.)
Now in a heavy saucepan, heat the cream and salt until tiny bubbles are starting to form at the edge of the pan, almost to a simmer. Then stir in the honey, and bring to a boil (stirring constantly with a wooden spoon), then reduce to a simmer for 15 -20 minutes or if you like to use a candy thermometer, to 260 degrees.
Once you have it to this temperature, instantly but carefully (this is hot stuff!) sit the bottom of the pan on the ice water, but don't let any of the water get into the mixture. Now stir until it is thickened enough to coat an apple without sliding off.
Tip the pan to the side, and dip in the apples and coat them. Now place on the baking sheet to cool. These taste great, but take some more work.
You may need to make a few batches of these! Both have a different flavor but are very yummy.
These are great for parties, or for local kids on your street. If you are making homemade treats, you should only give those out to kids you know, to enjoy or at a party. Many parents have to be careful of the source of Halloween Candies now a days, and if they don't know the source they may not eat them.
More and more streets are getting together and having Halloween parties rather than kids going door to door, these Caramel treats would be perfect to take to a neighborhood party.