Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Homemade Caramel Apples

We made our first homemade caramel apples today. We had a lot of laughs and enjoyed this that we made enough for tomorrow as well. Below you will find my version of homemade caramel apples.

First you start off with a couple cans of evaporated sweetened milk. Depending on size will determine the amount of time to boil the cans in your pot, but usually 2-3 hours. Once you have boiled them, you want to add cold water to the pan to cool down for 20 minutes and then transfer them to plain cold water for another 30 minutes.

Of course you need your apples. It's better to get them from the apple orchard for many reasons, field trip, doughnuts, hay ride, and fresh apples.

Then you need your peanuts. I pick these up from Wal-Mart.

You will need Ziploc bags to place your peanuts in and smash them down to a crumble. This the picture below.

I had to put this is here because once we smashed out peanuts, it was time to take the stem off the apples. However, my 4 year old had another idea, take a guess what he thought was better.

We started off with 12 apples minus the 1 my 4 year old ate.

This is the results from boiling the evaporated sweetened milk. However, I needed to cook ours longer than 2 hours. That's why you see the ring of milk. Wala, you have caramel sauce, stir, and let it set for a minute and your good to go.

We placed all the peanuts into one bowl. The individual Ziploc bags was for them to bag something, which most kids like to do.

This how ours turned out, but we forgot the Popsicle sticks, and they were only allowed to eat the edges with small bits.
As you can tell they didn't let settle before they dug in, very yummy!
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