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.
Use 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. This natural sugar that can be used in so many ways-not just cooking.
Even better, now you can make them without using a large amount of plain white sugar. A natural sugar made by bees, honey is a wonderful ingredient in so many recipes.
- 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. But, I also love Fuji apples and they taste delicious with caramel.
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 the raw product 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. If not one in your family is allergic – chopped peanuts are an inexpensive choice.
Wooden Sticks: You can find round pointed sticks in the baking section of most local stores. However, if that proves to be a problem, you can use the flat craft sticks too.
Step by Step Instructions
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.
1. After washing the apples, insert a wooden stick into each one and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Now it’s a good idea to chill them for an hour or so. You don’t have to but chilled apples are easier to coat with honey caramel.
2. 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 caramel is ready, remove from heat and allow to cool for just a few minutes.
3. 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.
4. Now, sit them 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 dip apples twice or let the mixture cool a bit longer before you start dipping.
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. And, there are many other honey recipes to try.
Honey Caramel Apples
- 6 apples medium
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup pecan pieces
- Wash and dry the apples. Insert a wooden stick or skewer into each and place on a piece of parchment or a paper lined pan. Place in refrigerator to chill.
- Put heavy cream and honey in a large pan and heat to a boil over medium-high heat. Watch it closely as it will boil over! 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.