A first attempt at making homemade caramel…

Caramel apples, a fall favorite for many, something that seems fairly easy to make. A quick interne search or pinterest search yeilded a ton of recipes. Luckily, my mom gifted me with a new Halloween cookbook that had lots of just Autumn recipes in it as well. It got me pondering and making more lists (I think I have a growing obsession with list making, just a little side thought).

Hmm….after a little reading up, I decided that making caramel is an art form in itself. There are so many different stages, exact temperature readings, lots of stirring, I have always been a little nervous to attempt it. So I gathered a recipe, the ingredients, and the help of one friend (who is usually up for my crazy ideas) and set to work.

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Overall, it was fairly simple until the dipping of the apples.The caramel wasn't setting very well at first. So after a little trial and error and a lot of patience, it finally started setting enough so we could stick additional topping to them. The whole rolling them in nuts and sprinkles was a little bit chaotic which was something that I hadn't anticipated. How do people get them to look so awesome?! In this case I am thinking practice makes perfect or maybe trying several recipes, I really have no idea! (any advice on the topic would be greatly appreciated!)

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Luckily the caramel tastes great and I think for a first attempt it was a good one! The little man is super happy with his one that ended up with orange sprinkles. I still have a large Halloween plate filled with these yummy treats! Overall this experience was pretty awesome (At a few points I may have felt a little bit like a scientist), and I might actually have worked up the courage to make caramels for the holidays this year along with all the cookies we bake. 

 

 

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