Autumn Caramel Apples

6 Jan

8 medium Red Delicious Apples

8 popsicle sticks

2 ¼ cups packed brown sugar

¾ cup butter, cubed

1 can sweetened condensed milk

¾ cup dark corn syrup

½ cup maple syrup

Dash salt

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Salted peanuts, chopped

4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

Wash and dry apples; remove stems and insert Popsicle sticks. Place apples on greased baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to use. In a large heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, milk, maple syrup, corn syrup and salt. Stir with wooden spoon over medium low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until temperature reaches 248 on candy thermometer. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Dip apples one at a time, into caramel mixture and then into ice water to set caramel. Dip a second time if desired. Dip apples into chopped peanuts. Melt chocolate in microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. Place melted chocolate into plastic bag and cut a tiny hole in the corner. Drizzle over coated apples. Let stand until set.

Serves 8

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