September 20, 2011

Honey Vanilla Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are a classic fall treat that we all crave & our kids go crazy over.  Although indulging is definitely nice, it sure is nice to indulge in a treat that is actually good for you.  

These Honey Vanilla Caramel apples are sweetened with honey & vanilla.  They also contain heavy cream, which has gotten a bad rep.  Heavy cream, in portions, is actually really good for you.  Full of GOOD fats, which our bodies need - and our children's bodies need even more.

My kids crave these.

Yes, my oldest daughter is clutching a nearly empty gallon of fresh chocolate milk (from our local creamery).  I told her to take I finished it up (again).

You can also just made this as a dip to dunk sliced apples in.

Here's what you need:

Honey Vanilla Caramel Apples


  • 6 medium apples, chilled (I like Granny Smith - use your favorite)
  • Ice water
  • 1.5 cups heavy cream (if you can get fresh, it's awesome)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Line a baking sheet with a Silicone Liner or aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.  (I don't recommend parchment paper as sticks on me).  Skewer each apple.  Place the ice in a large bowl with water, & set to the side.

In a large heavy saucepan, heat the cream & salt over medium high heat until steaming hot.  Stir in the honey & bring to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally.  Lower the heat to medium, & continue to boil, stirring, for 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat & mix in the vanilla.  Place the pan into the ice water & stir with a wooden spoon until thick enough to coat the apples. (If caramel thickens too much, return to the stovetop to thin out)

Working with 1 apple at a time, hold the apple by the stick & dip into the caramel - tilting to cover all but a 1 inch border at the stem.  Place the apples onto your prepared baking pan & refrigerate for 20 minutes, or until set.



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