Fall Family Treats

No tricks only treats! Make this tasty halloween sweet the best part of halloween at home.

Whether you pick apples from a tree, or pick them up at the Concord Farmers Market, caramel apples are an easy and delicious fall treat to make at home. 

This beloved snack got its start in the 50s when a Kraft Foods Dan Walker employee melted down some of the company’s large stock of soft caramels left over after Halloween, and dipped apples into the mixture as a healthier and crunchier counterpart to the soft candy. Now, we know it as a treat that can be enjoyed all season long!

For this easy recipe, you can do what Dan did and melt down some caramels -- or you can actually make your own caramel from scratch. Making your own is a little more time consuming but can be worth it. You’ll find both recipes below!

Dip and Done

Ingredients

1 14-ounce package of caramels

2 tablespoons water

6 apples

6 wooden skewers for apples

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, stir the caramels with the water until melted. Slide a stick into an apple, dip the apple into the caramel, then place on wax or parchment paper.


Caramel Recipe 

1 cup butter

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Stir butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk together in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and reduce heat to medium. Cook until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees F (120 degrees C), 25 to 30 minutes; stir constantly to prevent burning. A teaspoon of the syrup, dropped in a glass of cold water, should form a firm ball. Remove caramel from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Slide a stick into an apple, dip the apple into the caramel, then place on wax or parchment paper

For both:

Before placing them to dry--try topping your apples with chocolate shavings, chopped nuts, sprinkles, and anything else you can think of to add to the sweet treat. 

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