- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
How to Make Your Own Organic Caramel Apple Treats for Halloween
Posted By Inhabitat On October 31, 2014 @ 12:20 pm In Design,DIY,Environment,Green Halloween,How To,Innovation,News,Sustainable Food | No Comments
We’re still enjoying the best of apple  season, and there’s no better way to enjoy their crisp deliciousness than by taking a big bite out of a caramel apple . They make autumn feel just a little more festive, but you don’t have to go to a carnival or a state fair to find yourself a good one; making them at home is fun and easy, and perfect options for healthier Halloween  treats! Read on to learn how you can make these crunchy delights at home, just in time for your Halloween party .
First of all, organic is a must, no matter what apple treat you’re making. Apples topped the Dirty Dozen list again this year, meaning conventional apples have more pesticide residue than any other produce. Granny Smiths are traditionally used in caramel apples, but Honeycrisps are gorgeous, and Red Delicious are good too. Just make sure you choose a crisp, hardy apple. For instance, it’s best to avoid Gala apples because their softer text ure doesn’t mesh as well with the caramel.
Whisk the first 4 ingredients together in a saucepan and then bring the mixture to a boil slowly over medium heat. You must continue stirring the WHOLE time. After about 8 minute,s the caramel should start to look “ball-ish” (called the soft-ball stage). Drop one tablespoon of the mixture into a cup of icy cold water: if the caramel forms a solid-but-flexible ball, it’s done. At this point, stir in your organic vanilla extract.
Take the pan off the heat and let it cool a little before dipping your apples . The caramel should be quite thick and viscous so it’ll adhere to the apples properly.
Remove the stems and use a narrow paring knife to make a shallow slice each top where the stems were. Gently but firmly, push the popsicle sticks into these slices: the stick should wedge nicely into the apple’s core, which will hold it in place.
Pour the caramel sauce into a soup bowl, and dip the apples  in it by holding onto the sticks and rolling the apples around in the sauce. You can use a spoon to help slather the caramel over them, if needed. Scrape excess caramel off the bottoms of the apples and place them on waxed paper or a cutting board to firm up.
Toppings can attractive, tasty additions to caramel apples . If you’d like to use toppings, don’t dip the apples into a bowl them, but rather pour your topping of choice onto a small plate and twirl the apple through it. This results in a much lighter and evenly distributed coating. Here are just a few options for you to try:
Chill your apples, and then either eat them right off the stick, or cut them into slices first. Chilling does help the caramel to set, but you can also keep finished caramel apples at room temperature.
If you’d like to make these treats as smaller portions, remember that you can also use a melon baller to scoop balls out of each apple, dry those well, and then dip them into the sauce and toppings to make little bite-sized caramel niblets instead.
Images via Shutterstock 
Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/how-to-make-homemade-caramel-apples/
URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/11/DIY-Caramel-Apples.jpg
 apple: http://inhabitat.com/6-cozy-campfire-recipes-for-fall/
 a caramel apple: http://www.inhabitots.com/how-to-make-homemade-organic-caramel-apples/
 Halloween: http://inhabitat.com/happy-green-halloween/
 Halloween party: http://inhabitat.com/6-diy-halloween-decorations-made-with-upcycled-materials/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/11/Apples.jpg
 Apples topped the Dirty Dozen list : http://inhabitat.com/apples-top-ewgs-dirty-dozen-list-of-most-pesticide-laden-produce/
 softer text: http://inhabitat.com/why-are-todays-apples-so-mushy-and-tasteless/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/11/Caramel-Apples-Plain.jpg
 apples: http://inhabitat.com/apples-arent-as-sweet-anymore-and-climate-change-is-to-blame/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/11/Caramel-Apple-Dip.jpg
 apples: http://inhabitat.com/italian-scientists-are-developing-hypoallergenic-apples/
 Related: Unconventional-Yet-Scrumptious Apple Recipes for Autumn: http://inhabitat.com/unconventional-yet-scrumptious-apple-recipes-for-autumn/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/11/Caramel-Apples-Fancy.jpg
 apples: http://inhabitat.com/tree-of-knowledge-bio-artist-joe-davis-to-insert-dna-encoded-version-of-wikipedia-into-apples/
 Shutterstock: http://www.shutterstock.com
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.