Deconstructed Caramel Apples

Ready In: 30min
Yield: 8
deconstructed caramel apples

Here, an addictively delicious caramel sauce stands in for the usual candy coating, and you eat the apples fondue-style, with no messy unwrapping of store-bought caramels, and no apples abandoned with their coating bitten off. You will be hooked -- especially since leftover sauce can be refrigerated and reheated to drizzle over ice cream, bananas, or pound cake. Just take care making the caramel: you'll want to be sure to use a deep pot, as the cream bubbles quite furiously when it hits the hot sugar.

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  1. In a heavy saucepan, bring the cream to a boil over medium-high heat, then remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and salt.
  2. In a different deep, heavy saucepan (light-colored, since you'll need to see the color of the caramel as it cooks), stir together the sugar, water, and corn syrup, then bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook without stirring until it starts to turn golden around the edges (5-8 minutes). Now continue cooking, swirling the pan by the handle, until the sugar turns a deep amber (around 10-15 more minutes), watching to be sure the caramel doesn't burn.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the hot cream. Be very careful: it will froth up very high and steam at first, but will settle down as you stir it. When the caramel is nice and smooth, pour it carefully into a bowl and allow it to cool for fifteen minutes or so before eating with apples and toothpicks for dipping.
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eating deconstructed caramel apples

This was loved across the board by all 5 kids (ages 3-7) and the adults. It was fun and delicious and the kids really enjoyed using the toothpicks to dip the apples. It's fun for a party, a special snack or a holiday dessert for kids when they don't want all the "adult" pies.

eating deconstructed caramel apples

This was a great snack/dessert. I, as an adult, loved it too because I can't eat nuts and so it was a great other alternative to the pecan pie. The kids didn't like the pies so they had fun with this at the "kid table". All the adults tried it and liked it too. It was much easier to eat than a big, hard caramel apple where all the sticky stuff gets caught in your teeth and the apple underneath is not very flavorful. I personally preferred using the green apples since they are tart and give more contrast in flavor but we had three kinds of apples (Granny Smith, Jonamac and another reddish kind) and the kids didn't seem to care which they were eating.

eating deconstructed caramel apples

The sauce itself wasn't hard to make but it took two pots and I was making it as we were cleaning up from the meal so it seemed a bit hectic but it turned out really well and there was plenty to save and put over vanilla ice cream the next day!

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