Friday, October 30, 2009

Because Apples Weren't Sweet Enough Already

Do you like your caramel salty?

Or sweet?

To make this mixed batch of caramel apples, I used this recipe from Chow, substituting soy cream and Earth Balance for the cream and butter, and brown rice syrup for corn syrup (I just couldn't bring myself to buy a bottle of liquid diabetes). With all those substitutions, I was worried they would taste like hippie caramel apples, but they're every bit as chewy and sweet as the classic. They came together more quickly than I expected, though my caramel took 20 minutes to reach 250 degrees instead of the 10 indicated in the recipe. I will definitely use this caramel in the future to smother otherwise healthy food.

The best part of eating caramel apples (besides the stick) is the meeting of super-sweet caramel and tart fruit. After the first bite, apple juice drips behind and begins to melt the caramel, creating a sweet, sour, sticky mess. If the caramel doesn't pull your teeth out, it will surely rot them away: this is the true spirit of Halloween.

12 comments:

  1. Oh, how beautiful! I don´t know what to say, they look sooo good! I want them : )

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  2. How lovely! I ate many a peanut covered caramel apple in my childhood since a local candy store was famous for making them every fall. I'll have to try this out very soon..

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  3. Those are picture perfect! My experience with caramel apples is limited, so I shall have to rectify that soon!

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  4. "If the caramel doesn't pull your teeth out, it will surely rot them away: this is the true spirit of Halloween." LOL! True, true. And I love your name for corn syrup! Liquid diabetes, indeed. You are on a Halloween roll! Must be the sugar high. ;-)

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  5. AWESOME! driving to my area any day soon? :D

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  6. oh my god. I want it so badly!!!!!! Mmmmmm.

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  7. oh these are gorgeous!!
    xo
    kittee

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  8. Oh Wow! These look lovely and yummy! I LOVE caramel apples!

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  9. The true spirit of Halloween for sure! Do you know I've never had a caramel apple???? I might just have to make my own because those look beautiful.

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  10. In Germany these are often sold ad at fairs and the caramel is dyed red. These look so much better. I really like the one with peanuts. Super-awesome idea.

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  11. Oooooooh!! Wonderful idea! I like salty And sweet--together.
    Yum! And perfect for the season.
    xo
    Eco Mama

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