Honey Vanilla Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are a classic fall treat that we all crave & our kids go crazy over.  Although indulging is definitely nice, it sure is nice to indulge in a treat that is actually good for you.  

These Honey Vanilla Caramel apples are sweetened with honey & vanilla.  They also contain heavy cream, which has gotten a bad rep.  Heavy cream, in portions, is actually really good for you.  Full of GOOD fats, which our bodies need – and our children’s bodies need even more.

My kids crave these.

Yes, my oldest daughter is clutching a nearly empty gallon of fresh chocolate milk (from our local creamery).  I told her to take it…fast…before I finished it up (again).

You can also just made this as a dip to dunk sliced apples in.

Here’s what you need:

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium apples, chilled (I like Granny Smith – use your favorite)
  • Ice water
  • 1.5 cups heavy cream (if you can get fresh, it’s awesome)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Line a baking sheet with a Silicone Liner or aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.  (I don’t recommend parchment paper as sticks on me).  Skewer each apple.  Place the ice in a large bowl with water, & set to the side.


In a large heavy saucepan, heat the cream & salt over medium high heat until steaming hot.  Stir in the honey & bring to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally.  Lower the heat to medium, & continue to boil, stirring, for 30 minutes.



Remove the pan from the heat & mix in the vanilla.  Place the pan into the ice water & stir with a wooden spoon until thick enough to coat the apples. (If caramel thickens too much, return to the stovetop to thin out)



Working with 1 apple at a time, hold the apple by the stick & dip into the caramel – tilting to cover all but a 1 inch border at the stem.  Place the apples onto your prepared baking pan & refrigerate for 20 minutes, or until set.

Honey Vanilla Caramel Apples
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Ingredients
  • 6 medium apples, chilled (I like Granny Smith - use your favorite)
  • Ice water
  • 1.5 cups heavy cream (if you can get fresh, it's awesome)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with a Silicone Liner or aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray. (I don't recommend parchment paper as sticks on me). Skewer each apple. Place the ice in a large bowl with water, & set to the side.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, heat the cream & salt over medium high heat until steaming hot. Stir in the honey & bring to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat to medium, & continue to boil, stirring, for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat & mix in the vanilla. Place the pan into the ice water & stir with a wooden spoon until thick enough to coat the apples. (If caramel thickens too much, return to the stovetop to thin out)
  3. Working with 1 apple at a time, hold the apple by the stick & dip into the caramel - tilting to cover all but a 1 inch border at the stem. Place the apples onto your prepared baking pan & refrigerate for 20 minutes, or until set.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Hi there! This is my first visit at your blog and as I was reading & scrolling, I thought I recognized the label on that gallon of chocolate milk. It was confirmed when I saw the half gallon of heavy cream. For years I stopped “my local co-op” each week and purchased 2 gallons of Homeland Creamery milk for my boys. DH and I don’t drink milk, by we love your ice cream! Our boys are both in college now, but I always try to have fresh Homeland Creamery milk when I know they are coming home for the weekend. Can’t wait to make these caramel apples…thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • #1 ~ your girls are beautiful!!

    #2 ~ how amazing to have your own creamery…and

    #3 ~ I will definitely try this for my grands. IMHO, it’s much better than using the caramel candies. Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo
    Pat

  • These caught my eye over on Tasty tuesdays..yum!

  • Thanks everyone! We don’t own the creamery though – it’s our’s as in our area’s local family owned creamery. If I owned it, Id never sale any milk cus I’d be drinking it all 🙂

  • Hi, I’m a new follower. I found you on Sunday Strolling Blog Hop. Hop over and
    say hi if you get a chance Jennifer from Just Wedeminute

    Wow, those apples look so good, we are going to have to try them. I head over to our local dairy every 2 weeks so next time I will get some fresh heavy cream for this fall treat!

  • SMART idea! If you get a chance, I’d love you to link up! (http://scrapbookingez.blogspot.com/2011/09/everyone-wins-giveaway-linky-party.html.) Thanks for sharing this!

  • Found this recipe on What’s Cooking Wednesdays. Love this recipe and your blog. Following you on Google Friend Connect.

    Beautiful, Beautiful Girls!

    <3 and Hugs! Debi

  • Hi! Came over from Someday Crafts. I totally agree that cream has a bad rap!

    Have you ever heard of Honey Crisp Apples? That is the apple I am going to try this with as I find them much more flavorful than Granny Smith. thanks for the recipe!

  • Yum! I can’t wait to try these!

  • These look so good! Gets me in the mood for fall.

  • Thank you for this! I was wanting to make my own caramel apples, but was going to be sheets of caramel. This is so much better!!!

  • Yummy! I love that you took something so bad for you and turned it into a good thing! I might do it and just have my kids dip their apples into it! Stopping by from Someday Crafts link party

  • I LOVE that there is no sugar in this recipe! Those apples look amazing. Swoon….

  • Mmmm. I will have to try these soon while the apples are in season! My kids were just asking about caramel apples… Thanks for sharing the idea.

  • Yum! These sound like the perfect fall treat. We love wildflower honey. It’s the best!

  • LOVE it! I’ve been wanting to make caramel apples, but I know how insanely sugary they are. These will make me feel a little bit better about eating them myself, and sharing them with the kids! Thanks!

    Kaleigh from
    Lotte Lu and Brother Too

  • Um, yes please! Love caramel- could you pour this over popcorn as well?
    http://www.morebangforyourbucks.blogspot.com

  • @Kelli – I don’t see why you couldn’t! That sounds really good actually. Yum!

  • PS featuring this on my blog tomorrow! 🙂

  • since i am (refined) sugar and gluten free, i could use more recipes like this!! 🙂 thnx!!

  • These look great! I can’t wait to make Caramel Apples soon!

  • Yum! I love candy apples….these look great:)

  • Thank you for posting this tutorial! We’re having a ‘welcome fall’ party in a couple of days, and I’m so excited to try out your recipe 🙂

  • These sound so delicious! Now I’m hungry…. 🙂

  • I’ve been wanting to incorporate more honey into my cooking. We have excellent local honey very close to me. These apples look delicious! I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/09/sweet-indulgences-sunday-23.html

  • Anything that looks like candy and has the word ‘healthy’ in the name goes onto my make list! These look delicious!

  • Hi Crystal,
    Your daughter is adorable with that apple. This is a great recipe for Honey Vanilla Caramel Apples that I will be making, very soon. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  • Oh these look great, and so did your cupcakes. I would love for you to share if you haven’t already at Bacon time.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

  • This looks great & is homemade & natural, no icky “fake” stuff! I would love for you to share this on my link up Healthy 2day Wednesdasy this week and every week you have a post that fits! Blessings! 🙂

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  • Cmemeow11

    Recipe sucked. i tried it twice and it sucked both times

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