{Eco-Tutorial} Homemade Caramel Apples

There’s nothing that beckons the dawn of fall like crisp yet rich caramel apples. The moment I see them hit the grocery store end caps I know that autumn is in full swing. If you’re an addict like me, try your hand at this simple recipe that will not only give you the freshest results – it allows you to use organic natural ingredients – so the only thing you’ll feel guilty about is hoarding them all for yourself!

Ingredients: 1 cup turbinado sugar, 1/2 cup organic heavy cream, 6 farmer’s market apples, 1/4 cup H2O, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 6 chop sticks, various toppings 

Step 1) In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat until caramel begins to simmer. Whatever you do – DO NOT STIR! Let the goo simmer without interruption for 8 minutes until browned.

Step 2) Remove from heat and gently stir in cream and salt. Transfer to a bowl and let cool about 10 minutes.

Step 3) Meanwhile, press chopsticks into tops of apples and set up your various toppings on plates.

Step 4) Dip each apple into the cooled caramel and let sit for a couple of minutes until set. Then gingerly press into desired toppings and transfer to a serving dish.

Try this easy recipe using a variety of dipping ingredients, from the traditional peanuts or chocolate, to the daring like dried fig and pepper or lavender and white chocolate. The possibilities for how you customize your caramel apples are endless!

Do you have a favorite recipe that gets you excited for the season? If so please share it below!

This post was written by

Pierogi Picnic – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.
Lydia Krupinski is the avid upcycling mad-woman behind popular Etsy shop Pierogi Picnic. When she's not busy fantasizing new ways of using old threads, Lydia can be found wrangling volunteers and fosters for Chicago’s oldest and most respected animal welfare organization – The Anti-Cruelty Society. And should you be lucky to catch her on a day off, you'll probably find her canoodling with one of her four rescue pets, crafting up new eco-tutorials, exploring the city by bike, reading along the lakefront or resting in her urban homestead.

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Comments

  1. love it! I am so going to try this!
    I know the fall is here when I start having hot apple cider, mmmmmmm.

  2. Jenn – apple cranberry pie sounds delish! I’ll have to give that a whirl as well.

  3. This is exactly what I was looking for to bring to my upcoming Halloween party! Thanks for this :-)

    I love to make Apple Cranberry Pie but its a secret family recipe…heehee, kidding. It is actually so super easy but a huge hit!

    Make your basic apple pie but replace about 1/3 of the apples with cranberries (I use about 1/2 a bag of frozen berries). I like to use sweeter apples so it balances out the tartness of the cranberries. This is a pie with a top crust otherwise you’ll be cleaning popped cranberry from your oven! Hopefully I can get cranberries out here in the desert…if not I know what I’m doing over Thanksgiving back east :-)

  4. Yum! Apple crisp sounds delicious!!!! I will be giving this a try. Thank you for sharing. =)

  5. That looks so yummy. I’ve been working on my Nannie’s (grandma) old Apple Crisp recipe. This is where I’m at right now with it and it’s been a huge hit. As well, you can eat it for breakfast with Nancy’s Yogurt (the best – made in Springfield, Oregon by Ken Kesey’s family)

    4 cups sliced apples
    1 cup raisins (optional)
    place in 9″ x 13″ baking pan & sprinkle with cinnamon.

    Mix separate
    1 cup honey
    4 cups heaping oats
    1/4 cup olive oil
    4 oz applesauce
    pour over apples
    sprinkle 3 Tbsp. water over mixture

    Bake 325 degrees for appx. 45 minutes
    Delicious & nutritious!!!