Pumpkin Spice Caramel Apples: Recipe and Reviews

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1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
10-12 small tart apples
3/4 cup crushed graham crackers

1 Candy Thermometer

 

“Melt butter in a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan on medium-low heat.
Add brown and white sugar and corn syrup. Stir regularly, being sure to scrape the bottom of the pot, until the mixture begins to boil (about 30 minutes). Resist the temptation to raise the heat.
Add the sweetened condensed milk and continue to stir until the temperature on a candy thermometer reads 241 degrees. You can let it go all the way up to 248 degrees if you prefer the caramel to be really hard. I like mine to be solid enough to stick to the apple, but still soft enough to not break my jaw.
Remove from the heat and let the caramel cool for a couple of minutes.
While the caramel is cooling, wash and dry the apples and insert sticks.
Roll prepared apples into hot caramel and place into extra large baking cups or onto parchment paper.
Let cool for a couple of minutes and then roll in graham cracker crumbs.”

Recipe Courtesy of http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2015/09/perfect-pumpkin-spice-caramel-apples.html

 

Recipe Review:

At first glance of this recipe one word initially came to mind: messy. But when it came to actually working through the recipe and, making the caramel my initial thought was proven wrong. The recipe was actually very simple to make. Other than my mistake in lacking a candy thermometer and having to eyeball when the caramel was done, the recipe went quite smoothly. If I had one suggestion, it would be to use a large saucepan rather than the medium saucepan that the recipe suggests, because the caramel came close to flowing over the pan when it began to boil.

 

Taste Test:

“In this day in age who wouldn’t expect Caramel Apples to get on the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon? The idea sounds disgusting but the apple tastes delicious. And to be honest, it tastes more like apple pie than Pumpkin Spice. This means I can be trendy but not have to eat something revolting.” Anna Hoffman ‘18

“A gooey mass collected upon scrumptious, crunchy apples, with other toppings added for maximum enjoyment. Simply delectable.” Wyatt Mosiman ‘19

“I wish I had Yelp so I could give it five stars. The caramel was smooth and creamy but not to the point of dripping off the apple. And the Pumpkin Spice? Yum.” Emily Esser ‘20

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