These sweet, sticky caramel apples are easy to make and fun to eat.
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Place caramels in freezer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray lightly with vegetable oil spray. Set parchment-lined baking sheet next to stove.
While caramels freeze, insert 1 popsicle stick into stem end of each apple, pushing stick about 1 inch into apple.
Unwrap caramels and place in small saucepan. Add cream, vanilla, and salt.
Cook over medium-low heat until caramels begin to melt, about 5 minutes. Use rubber spatula to stir and scrape bottom of saucepan. Continue to cook, stirring often, until caramels are melted and mixture is completely smooth, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn off heat and slide saucepan to cool burner.
Working quickly, carefully dip apples to mostly cover with caramel, following photos below. (If caramel becomes too thick to dip easily, reheat over medium-low heat, stirring often, until loosened, 2 to 3 minutes.)
For extra crunch and flavor, you can add toppings to your caramel apple coating!
Place ½ cup finely chopped nuts (we especially like salted peanuts or pecans) or shredded coconut on plate and spread into even layer. Roll coated apple in topping before placing on parchment-lined baking sheet to set.
A true caramel is made by heating up sugar until it melts into a liquid and turns golden brown (a process called candying or caramelization). It’s delicious, but also a little bit dangerous, as the sugar has to get VERY hot (over 350 degrees!), and it can burn you if it spills or bubbles out of the pot. This recipe uses soft caramel candies (which have already been caramelized for you) that you simply have to melt with a little bit of cream to turn into a safely dippable sauce.