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Caramel Candied Apples

15 Sep


Enjoy the sweeter side of life with this playful recipe for Caramel Candied Apples. Dipped in a homemade caramel sauce and rolled in chopped candy bar pieces, these fun-to-eat apples are a special treat for kids of all ages.


Estimated Times 
Preparation Time: 20 mins 
Cooking Time: 30 mins 
Cooling Time: 1 hr refrigerating 
Servings: 12


INGREDIENTS

12 wooden craft sticks

 12 large tart apples, washed, dried and stems removed (very important to wash well or caramel will slide off) 

Nonstick cooking spray 

About 12 ounces assorted NESTLÉ Candy Bars, such as Butterfinger or Crunch, finely chopped

 1 pound box dark brown sugar 

1 can (14 ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk 

1 cup light corn syrup 

1 cup (2 sticks) butter 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 


DIRECTIONS

INSERT stick into each apple. Line trays or baking sheets with wax paper; spray paper with nonstick cooking spray. Place chopped candy bars on separate plates or mix together on one plate.

COMBINE sugar, sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup and butter in medium,heavy-duty saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Attach candy thermometer to inside of saucepan. Increase heat to medium; cook, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes or until mixture reaches 236° F on thermometer. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract.

DIP apples all the way into caramel mixture, shaking off excess. Roll bottom half of apples in chopped candy bars, then place on prepared trays. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set. Store apples in refrigerator in airtight container.



TIP: To clean the apples, quickly dip them into very hot (not boiling) water mixed with about 1 tablespoon vinegar. This will remove all the wax.



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