Fall is here and what better sweet treat is there to make than caramel apples? Miss Kinley has been asking since school started if we can make Caramel Apples. We love dipping our apple slices in store bought caramel, so I figured why not. I had saved this pin to my Pinterest page and thought it seemed easy enough for us. Not only that but seriously, have you tried biting into a full-size caramel apple? Not exactly enjoyable. I wanted our entire family, including Maisyn, to be able to enjoy these caramel apples, so slices it was.
If it were up to me, I would have completed these while the kids were still in school. One, it would have been a fun after school snack surprise, and two, I wanted to prevent any gooey messes that were about to happen. I decided since Kinley was the one asking to make them, I better let the kiddos help. I did start prepping everything though prior to the girls arriving home from school. I unwrapped the caramels and put them in my 4-cup glass measuring cup. I then started slicing apples about 15-minutes before I knew they’d be walking through the door and decided to add them to a lemon juice & water mixture to prevent them from browning prematurely.
They came home and rather than being excited about dipping apple slices into caramel, they chose to find a snack and veg on the couch while watching Arthur on PBS. Talyn decided she would like to help so once the caramel had been melted in the microwave following the directions on the back of the bag of caramels, I showed her what to do. Stick a toothpick in the apple slice, dunk it in the caramel, set it on the wax paper covered cookie sheet. Easy peasy.
Only it really wasn’t. While dipping the apples into the caramel, the toothpicks pulled out of them, leaving the apple slices stuck in the bottom of the measuring bowl. Also, once it was time to eat the caramel apples, the wax paper came with it as we tried to pull the caramel apple slice off the cookie sheet. Whomp, whomp, whomp. Seriously, so disappointing.
Will I do this again? Not anytime in the near future. For now, the store bought stuff is perfectly fine for us. 😉
One positive thing from making these? I’ve always wanted to try soaking apple slices in lemon juice & water mixture to see if it really truly does work to prevent them from browning. Happy to say they stayed brown-free for at least 24 hours. I forgot to check them after school the next day but quickly checked the apples around 10:15 pm that night and they were just starting to turn brown.
Questions for you:
- Do you have a favorite caramel apple recipe?
- Have you ever soaked your apples in lemon juice to prevent them from browning?