This recipe came from Cooking Light and claims to be healthy, but they tasted so good that I'm not sure where the healthy part comes in... I guess it's all relative and these are healthier than other versions!
The original recipe came from Cooking Light, October 2010, posted here. I'm putting my own pictures into this little recipe/tutorial though and you can download the recipe to print here (pdf and doc versions available).
- 16 wooden sticks (popsicle sticks)
- 16 small apples, chilled
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups Half-and-Half
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Candy thermometer
|I love this project... and not just because this sour apple green is my most favorite color ever... but it helped!|
3. Combine Half-and-Half, vanilla, and salt; slowly stir into pan. Boil until candy thermometer reaches 235 degrees Farenheit (about 45 minutes), stirring frequently.
|a close-up of the candy thermometer (less than $5 at Walmart! wohoo!)|
|this was our hot water bath - a big glass bowl and a big soup bowl|
|the boyfriend did a much better, cleaner job dipping these so the pictures are of his technique...|
|we have metal shelf things on our counter, so it was easier to just put wax paper on those and then leave the apples to dry, so that's what we did and we had no problems...|
We wrapped the dry caramel apples with cellophane and pipe cleaner ties because we didn't plan to eat all of them at once and we had minimal issues with the cellophane coming off later!
The one issue we did have is that the caramel was very, very thick and somehow we ended up not having enough caramel to cover more than 10 apples. The boyfriend says he thinks that if we had heated up the caramel for longer, it would have been thinner and covered more apples. Also, the apple we sampled the same night we made these was a little intense and hard to eat with the thick caramel, but a few days later, they were much easier to eat!
If you want to print out the recipe for your own recipe binder, feel free to download it here.
According to Cooking Light, for each serving (one caramel apple), you have 221 calories, 3.7g fat, 2.2g saturated fat, 1.2g protein, 48.9g carbohydrate, 2.5g fiber, 11mg cholesterol, 0.2mg iron, 57mg sodium, and 40mg calcium. Obviously I can't test this myself so I'm just passing on this information not personally guaranteeing it. I do guarantee that these were YUMMY! : )