I was looking at this recipe the other day for these beautiful caramel apples. Seriously, these apples were gorgeous! I was daydreaming about making them and how my family would gather around them to ooh and ah before begging me to please let them taste my marvelous creations. Suddenly my daydream turned into a more realistic picture of what my “creations” would look like. Lets just say that my kids would probably still beg me to let them eat the apples but it wouldn’t be because they were so amazing to look at. Thankfully that didn’t deter me from wanting to make this fabulous creation of fall. What did was that I did not have a bag of caramels.
I bought a bag last winter with a specific purpose. I placed them in a safe spot in the cupboard where the radars of my children and husband would not find them. I then promptly forgot about them. Several months later I discovered them and proceeded to “just have one and then use the rest for a special dessert.” Hahahaha!!!! Gotcha!
I then proceeded to let them live in hiding where I slowly reduced their population one at a time. All the while I am doing this in complete stealth mode. Because of the huge success of my mission, I have recently considered becoming a spy. Or a ninja. I will keep you informed as important decisions are made.
Anyhoo, the point is that I didn’t have any caramels in the house to make my messy caramel apples with. Move on several weeks and here we find me looking at this recipe for homemade snickers bars!!!! Be still my beating heart! This too calls for caramels, which I still haven’t purchased, see previous posts where we discuss my cheapness. The only difference this time around is that I have to have a snickers bar!!! Period. No swaying me on this one. I have got to find a caramel recipe.
Enter the internet and five minutes later I am mixing me up some caramel. Since it was so so super easy and oh my word delicious!, I thought you might like the recipe so that we can learn to share with our children together. This recipe makes enough that we can do that! If you already know how to be a good parent and share with your kids, please don’t tell me. Oh and if you were hoping for the snickers recipe, well, I started out by taking pictures and then lost my focus when I started smelling them, so I don’t have pictures of half the process. However, they were so good that I’m sure we will be making them again soon, and I will remember to finish what I started just for you!
Super easy (and quick) caramel
1/4 Cup butter 1/2 Cup light corn syrup
1/2 Cup white sugar 1/2 Cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 Cup brown sugar
In a medium sauce pan combine all ingredients.
Turn on the burner to medium high and start stirring. Bring to a boil and stir, stir, stir! Seriously, stir! It needs to boil for around 8-10 minutes with you stirring it the whole time. It will start out looking like this,
then it will look like this,
From here you will want to either pour it into a very well-greased 9×13 pan or you will let it cool and use it for you amazing apples or snickers bars! If you are going to use it right away though, don’t let it cool the whole way or you won’t be dipping anything into it or pouring it anywhere. It gets very solid!!
Note: If you want a thinner caramel to add to say, the middle of a batch of brownies, and you want it to be gooey, cook this recipe for about six minutes.
Note # 2: Do not make the thinner caramels and think how cute they will be wrapped in wax paper and placed in your husbands lunch box as a surprise.
Note # 3: However if you husband likes to eat wax paper, disregard note #2.
From my sticky house to your probably-not-as-sticky-house,