With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be fitting to share a recipe for a sweet treat that is sure to please ghouls and goblins young and old. Our variation of the traditional caramel apple uses cream and honey - of course! Fun to make with kids, and (bonus) you can feel good about serving a treat with ingredients that you can pronounce!
1) Whisk honey, cream, butter and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to bubble, then immediately reduce the heat to medium.
2) Continue to whisk the caramel frequently to prevent scorching and to prevent it from bubbling up and out of of your saucepan. Continue to cook until the caramel reaches a temperature of 260 F (about 25 minutes)
3) While your caramel is cooking: Spear each apple with a dowel rod and prepare an ice bath. Once the caramel has finished cooking, pour it into a mixing bowl and place the bowl in the ice, making sure not to splash water into the hot caramel. Stir the caramel until it has cooled and it begins to thicken just a bit.
4) Dip the prepared apples in the caramel, and roll them in the pecans if using and place them on a piece of parchment paper to cool completely before serving.
This caramel also works well as a dip for fruit, pretzels, chocolate or cookies. Definitely worth indulging in at least once this season!
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