Prep Time: 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 - 45 minutes
What's better than candy apples at a local farmer's market or fair? Pass this treat out at Halloween or serve it as a sweet party favor.
- 1 cup vegan butter
- 2 cups maple sugar
- 2 cups vanilla almond milk [can be substituted for vanilla soy milk if needed]
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Keep on hand:
- Wax/parchment paper sheets
- 10 apples
- 10 Popsicle sticks
- Candy thermometer
- Chopped almonds
- Chopped walnuts
- Line a cooking sheet with wax or parchment paper. This will prevent the apples from sticking later.
- Insert the Popsicle sticks into the apples. Be careful not to force the sticks through the apples, but just enough that they'll stay put.
- In a large pot over medium to medium high heat, combine the vegan butter, maple sugar, vanilla almond milk, corn syrup and salt. Continue to stir the ingredients until they are combined.
- Once combined, bring the mixture to a boil. Continue to stir frequently.
- Using a candy thermometer, test the temperature of the mixture. Keep boiling and stirring the caramel until it reaches 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Time varies on this step, it may take a while to reach the recommended temperature. Be careful, it'll be very hot.
- When the temperature's reached, stir in the vanilla extract. Do this for about 1-2 minutes, to allow the caramel to cool and thicken slightly, making it less watery.
- This is the important part! Making sure the cooking sheet is close to you, work quickly to dip the apples into the caramel mixture. If it becomes too cool, the caramel won't stick to the apples as easily. Add any extras like chopped almonds or walnuts if prepared.
- Place the apples onto the lined baking sheet, and allow them to cool. This will harden the caramel further and give them the classic candied apple shine.
Photo courtesy of ariane_hunter, through Flickr Creative Commons