Sweet chewy caramel and crispy apples make a great combination. You don’t have to wait for the fair to come to town. Use this honey caramel apples recipe to make your own. Another plus for this recipe is the use of raw honey instead of white sugar to make the caramel.
Using Honey to Make Caramel Apples
Caramel apples just seem to scream Fall to many people. This is the time when the apple harvest is coming in from many regions. But, you can actually enjoy this fun treat at any time of the year.
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So, why not make caramel using honey instead of plain white sugar. Honey is a natural sugar that can be used in so many ways. Of course, recipes are one of our favorite ways to use honey.
- heavy cream
- nuts – chopped
- wooden sticks
Apples: Most people use and recommend green apples for making candy or caramel apple treats. This is to provide the contrast in taste between the tangy apple and sweet caramel. In my family, we love Gala apples so I used those instead.
Heavy Cream: This is not the same thing as whipping cream. However, you will find it in the refrigerator section near the other types of cream.
Honey: I always use and recommend raw honey in recipes. You can find it for sale online but if you have a local beekeeper – it’s a great time to share a little local love. Properly stored pure honey never spoils – keep a jar in your pantry.
Nuts: Chopped nuts of your choice are optional. I used pecans but other types work just as well.
Wooden Sticks: You can find round pointed sticks in the baking section of our local store. However, if that proves to be a problem, you can use the flat craft sticks too.
How to Make Honey Caramel Apples Step by Step
This is truly a very simple recipe and does not require a lot of heavy lifting in the kitchen. I will warn you that as with many types of candy making, I have better results on less humid days.
First step, wash and dry the apples. Insert a wooden stick into each one and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place in refrigerator and allow to chill.
In a large saucepan combine the heavy cream and honey. Heat to a low boil, then reduce to simmer -stirring frequently. Continue until mixture reaches about 260° F.
This will take 20-30 minutes depending on the temperature of the stove. Watch carefully to prevent scorching in the bottom of the pan.
When the honey caramel is ready, remove from heat and allow to cool for just a few minutes. Then dip each chilled apple in the caramel and roll to coat the sides.
Lift caramel coated apples from pot and roll in chopped nuts of your choice: pecans, peanuts, walnuts etc. Sit on parchment paper or wax lined tray to cool. You can put them back in the refrigerator if the weather is warm.
If you have a problem with too much of the coating running off – either you did not cook this mix long enough or you are fighting humid weather. This does tend to be thinner than some types of caramel. You can double dip or let the mix cool a bit longer before you start dipping.
Honey Caramel Apple Recipe
- 6 apples medium
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup pecan pieces
- Wash and dry the apples. Insert a wooden stick into each and place on a parchment paper line pan. Place in refrigerator to chill.
- Put heavy cream and honey in a large pan and heat to a boil. Then, reduce to simmer and continue heating until the mixture reaches 260° F on candy thermometer.
- Remove from heat. Dip each chilled apple in the honey caramel mix and roll to coat. Roll in nuts to coat bottom half of apple if desired. Set on paper lined pan and allow to cool.
Once the apples are chilled and set, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
This is just one simple way to incorporate honey into your cooking. There are many fun honey recipes to try. You don’t have to be a gourmet cook to experience success. Surprise the kids with some healthy honey gummy bears.