Recipe: Salted Caramel Apples


10 Feb Recipe: Salted Caramel Apples

To help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the McIntosh apple, I’m taking part in The Ontario Apple Growers’ challenge. They’re looking for the best candy apple recipe — ever. After careful consideration, a bit of testing and a second-degree burn to my index finger, I have determined that caramel-coated apples are the Kobayashi Maru of fun food. For those who don’t know their Star Trek (or fail to get their sci-fi references second-hand from The Big Bang Theory) this is geek-speak for “no-win scenario.”

Since I was more a Caramel Apple Kid than one who liked to crack her teeth on flaming red, rock hard candy apples, I decided to play with a grown-up salted caramel version, maybe with a sprinkling of crystallized ginger for those who want a bit o’ zing along with their sweet & salty. How’d it go? You be the judge. Here’s my enthusiastic set-up shot. Imagine the Macs dipped in obedient caramel.

Here’s the reality.

Think the scattered ginger pieces unfairly add clutter? Well, for those who like to compare apples to apples, here you go.

Determined not to let a little melted sugar and cream get the better of me, I experimented. I dipped chilled apples and room temperature apples. I twirled them in hot sauce, dunked them in warm sauce, and even dragged them through sauce too cool to pour. I single-dipped, double-dipped and then just gave up. Perhaps I should have tried a simple sugar-only version, but I had the cream in the fridge and caramel on my mind.

Plus I’m stubborn.

In the end, I decided the best candy apples are served as slices, with warm salted caramel sauce on the side. A perfect adult approach to a treat few kids can get their mouths around anyway. This decision might disqualify me from the Candy Apple competition, but I got a whole mess of amazingly delicious salted caramel sauce as a consolation prize.

And you get a recipe. So it’s a win-win situation in my books.

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  • Dana
    Posted at 11:41h, 10 February Reply

    I never would have thought to add salt to caramel apples. What an AWESOME idea!!!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:43h, 10 February Reply

      I got the idea from my salted caramel ice cream adventure. Be warned. It’s an addictive combo.

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Posted at 12:28h, 10 February Reply

    This sounds absolutely divine!

    I love salted dark chocolate and have had chocolate-covered salted caramel (which is fab!) so I can only imagine how delicious your recipe will be with apples.

    I’ve often had a bit of the “Dulce de leche” caramel sauce with apples as a snack. Totally awesome, quick and almost healthy!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:45h, 10 February Reply

      Oh, I could have dipped it in dark chocolate to keep it together. Rats!!

      Love the dulce de leche idea. “Almost Healthy” should be the name of my blog!

  • Sally
    Posted at 17:21h, 10 February Reply

    Having just wrestled with toffee apples (it’s now 2am) for my teens spring fair tomorrow, your post is comforting….but perhaps I should have read it first!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 07:33h, 11 February Reply

      Oh, I feel for you! Taffy is firmer and should have worked, but I am beginning to suspect apples like being naked. Hope your fair went well.

  • Kate
    Posted at 17:25h, 11 February Reply

    i’ve heard (from alton brown, i think?) that apples are coated with wax and the wax coating has to be removed before dipping them in caramel, so it will stick. he says to boil each apple for a few seconds to get the wax coating off. i haven’t tried it myself. maybe that’s why the caramel didn’t stick??

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:40h, 11 February Reply

      For the love of Pete, wax! That never occurred to me. That caramel just slid off like the apples had been oiled, so you’re probably right.

      Thanks so much for the interesting, if somewhat disturbing suggestion.

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