Fake Supermom Recipe #2: Caramel Apples

Hi everyone. Back by popular demand, here is #2 of my first cooking series, Fake Supermom Recipes!  Sent to you from me with love and intended for those of us who TRY to do what Martha does, but never, ever could…

Okay, so to all us moms who are used to using thermometers for our babies and kids, here’s a recipe with a thermometer!  A candy thermometer, that is.  I know, I know, I see the word thermometer and I run the other way, but this one just isn’t so hard.  And guess what, it’s brought to you from my pal Joseph Manning who promised me that it is not in fact so difficult, it’s just intimidating.  So, mamas, face your fears and get down with me and the apples and the thermometer today — you can do it!  

And try it with Daddy and the kids before Halloween.  Fun Halloween activity and a special treat for all.  There’s an apple in there too so it can’t be the most sugary thing they’ll eat at this time of year!

Fake Supermom Caramel Apples Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or a dash more)
  • 10 to 12 Popsicle sticks
  • 10 to 12 medium apples (tart), washed, dried, AND refrigerated!
  • Candy thermometer
  • Wax paper
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped (optional *make sure no allergies*)
  • Shredded dried coconut (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter and add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt.
  2. Cook and stir (frequently) over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248°F. ** USE THIS B/C OTHERWISE SUGAR CAN BURN**
  4. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  5. Insert Popsicle sticks into chilled apples.
  6. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat.
  7. Dip bottom of apples into peanuts if desired (and no allergies!) and/or in the shredded coconut!  You might want to try doing a few in the coconut and a few in the peanuts and keeping some plain, just for variety.
  8. Place on greased waxed paper until set.
So that’s it.  Make this and you officially join my Fake Supermom Club!  Oh, and don’t forget to email me the picture!  You are going to be so proud!

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24 Responses to Fake Supermom Recipe #2: Caramel Apples

  1. tenita shoats October 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    candy apples

  2. nichol perez October 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    CANDY CORNS

  3. Charlotte October 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Cinnimon Candy Apples
    Popcorn Balls

    • Charlotte October 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

      Cinnimon Candy Apples

  4. Lindsay October 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Candy corn!

  5. Charity S October 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I love popcorn balls & pumpkin cookies.

  6. wendy hier October 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    my son & his son cant have chocolate but white chocolate is fine. my grandson cannot have DAIRY products so he sadly is a bit harder..but a small chunk of white chocolate is fine, as long as its small. so i try to give soy made products..brownies made with soymilk, whatever someone has i make with soymilk or 100% milk free product.

  7. Danyelle October 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    Carmel apples for sure!

  8. connie tudor October 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    i love skittles and m&m’s and carmel apples with no nuts at all.

  9. LisaK @ CanNeBodyHearMe October 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Mmmm caramel apples are delicious!

    My favorite Halloween treat is…well, probably caramel apples actually! lol. I do love caramel apples (and I love Love With Food!)

  10. Kim October 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    I love hot apple cider w/ carmel from Starbucks! Its quite a treat :)

  11. Marla Zickefoose October 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Smarties!!

  12. Jacqueline October 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    I love anything caramel and chocolate based! I have recently been on a roll with caramel treats. SOO tempted to just get some cupcakes, and dash it with caramel and chocolate- yum! Best Halloween treat.

  13. Caitlin M October 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    My favorite Halloween treat is homemade pumpkin bread that I make with my Aunt and Mommom every year! A delicious tradition.

  14. Sarabeth October 20, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    anything with pumpkin is a huge hit at my house!

  15. Kelly N. October 21, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    My favorite Halloween treat has always been Popcorn Balls. And there’s so many different ways of making it, I can’t wait!!!!!

  16. Renee Sirois October 21, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    Carmel Apples and Carmel Corn my grandmas recipe!

  17. Susan Sirois October 21, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    Carmel Apples and Carmel corn moms old redipe!

  18. Amanda Rutherford October 21, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    Pumpkin roll. <3

  19. kymi a October 21, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    My favorite is candy apples! thank you the recipe crossing my apples it comes out great! :)

  20. Lori S October 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    A local candy company in my area makes these awesome chocolate-covered caramel apples with different candy toppings layered all over the outside around Halloween each year. I wait all year for one of those!

  21. Andrea C October 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    candy corn, cupcakes, and caramel apples

  22. kim October 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    We make a candy fudge. Melt white chocolate and mix in different chopped up halloween candy- reeses, snickers, twix, crunch, whatever- press into a pan and chill! You can put all of your favorites in one treat!’

  23. Sharon October 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Gotta love candy corn hands down!!!! It’s the only time of year to splurge on so much sugar