An Apple A Day....Inside/Out Caramel Apples!

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 One of my favorite things about Fall is Apple Harvest Season!  Just the thought of sipping hot apple cider or having the house smell like fresh baked apple pie warms my heart and has me yearning for a trip to the apple orchard.  If you're planning to head out for some apple picking soon, I have an easy and delicious recipe that both children and adults will love!  This yummy treat brings a whole new twist to eating caramel apples - Enjoy!  

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                                        Inside out caramel apples slices - Yum!

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INGREDIENTS: 

Lemon juice from 1 lemon 

5 apples (I use medium to large Granny Smith Apples)

1/2 cup water 

1 envelope carmel hot chocolate mix

1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (coconut milk can be used for a non dairy substitute)

1/4 cup Hershey's caramel sauce

1 envelope unflavored gelatin 

1/4 cup sugar 

3/4 cup water OR vodka, butterscotch schnapps or brandy 

 

PREPARATION:

1. Cut 5 Granny Smith Apples in half lengthwise.

 

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 Firm, crisp, tart apples are best for this recipe.

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2. Using a small paring knife, cut an even border around the outer edge of the apple.  

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3. Using a melon baller, follow your outline to remove the middle of the apple.

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Try to keep a clean edge when removing the apple core.

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After removing the core, the apple should look smooth for best results.

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4. Use a pastry brush and apply lemon juice to keep apple from turning brown.

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5. In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water with one envelope of hot chocolate caramel mix.

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6. Whisk until mix dissolves.  

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 7. Add 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk. 

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8. Add 1/4 cup store-bought caramel sauce.  

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9. Sprinkle 1 envelope of gelatin onto mixture evenly. After it has soaked a few minutes, heat the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally, until it reaches a gentle simmer - this is to ensure gelatin is fully dissolved.  

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10. Add 1/4 cup of sugar. 

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11. Then add 3/4 cup of water OR schnapps, vodka or brandy.

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12.  Prep the apples by drying the lemon juice out with a towel - this is important because the caramel mixture won't stick to the lemon juice.

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 13. Place apples on a cup cake tin to steady them before pouring in the hot mixture.  Put the caramel mixture into a small pitcher to make it easier to pour.  Fill each apple cup to about 1/8 inch from the top. 

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14. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight. This is how they should look once taken out of the refrigerator. 

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15. To slice, place apples face down on cutting board. 

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Make sure your knife is very sharp and cut in one clean slice.

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16. These tasty treats are real crowd pleaser - Bon Appetite!


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Comments 62

 
Guest - Pam on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:19
Yum!!!

Definitely making these (with Vodka) ;) I also love Biggy sprawled out in the picture. :)

Definitely making these (with Vodka) ;) I also love Biggy sprawled out in the picture. :)
Guest - carolynn j. on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 01:04
yummy

See the pix of the Kara syrup.. but I don't see it listed as an ingredient. Did I miss something

See the pix of the Kara syrup.. but I don't see it listed as an ingredient. Did I miss something
Guest - Colleen Lopez on Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Hi Carolynn J.

Thanks for catching that. The Karo syrup is not in this recipe. I just updated the blog with the changes.

Thanks for catching that. The Karo syrup is not in this recipe. I just updated the blog with the changes.
Guest - Jenny Sue on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 05:54
YUMMMMMY!!!

When I make these I am definitely going to use butterscotch schnapps! Sounds heavenly!!

When I make these I am definitely going to use butterscotch schnapps! Sounds heavenly!!
Guest - Diane Miller on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:34
Wow What Apple

i cant wait to make these apples Thanks Colleen

i cant wait to make these apples Thanks Colleen
Guest - Kim Thibodeaux on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:52
Thanks Colleen!

These look AWESOME!

These look AWESOME!
Guest - susan badalucco on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 20:29
inside/out caramel apples!

Beautiful kitchen, Colleen,and this receipe looks out of this world!! Love your furry friends too! Thanks a million!!

Beautiful kitchen, Colleen,and this receipe looks out of this world!! Love your furry friends too! Thanks a million!!
Guest - Colleen Lopez on Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:37
Thank you, Susan!

Muffy and Jasper both loved the apples (minus the caramel filling of course!)

Muffy and Jasper both loved the apples (minus the caramel filling of course!)
Guest - julie on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 20:34
Use kraft caramel squares instead of homemade recipe??

can you make this with just melting the caramel squares instead of making the caramel recipe?

can you make this with just melting the caramel squares instead of making the caramel recipe?
Guest - Colleen Lopez on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:16
Re: Making this with caramel squares...

Hi Julie, I tried making this recipe with melted caramel squares and the caramel did not set up and oozed all over the apples (it also was sticky and very hard to slice) - it still tasted great, but didn't look as nice as the ones with the recipe I used above. Good luck!

Hi Julie, I tried making this recipe with melted caramel squares and the caramel did not set up and oozed all over the apples (it also was sticky and very hard to slice) - it still tasted great, but didn't look as nice as the ones with the recipe I used above. Good luck!
Guest - Linda B on Saturday, 27 September 2014 19:26
Linda

You probably can use melted caramels for the filling but have to thin out the mixture with milk or you can make your own Caramel sauce it's easy. Either way this is an unique recipe. I'm going to experiment.

You probably can use melted caramels for the filling but have to thin out the mixture with milk or you can make your own Caramel sauce it's easy. Either way this is an unique recipe. I'm going to experiment.
Guest - gelatin is not vegetarian on Thursday, 18 September 2014 03:40
question

gelatin is not vegetarian friendly do you have any suggestions

gelatin is not vegetarian friendly do you have any suggestions
Guest - Colleen Lopez on Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:19
Gelatin Alternatives

Hello - You can substitute the gelatin with a kosher gelatin. Try Lieber’s unflavored gel, Carmel’s unsweetened gel or KoJel’s unflavored gel. Hope this helps!

Hello - You can substitute the gelatin with a kosher gelatin. Try Lieber’s unflavored gel, Carmel’s unsweetened gel or KoJel’s unflavored gel. Hope this helps!
Guest - Jenn on Friday, 19 September 2014 05:36
Kosher Gelatins are not necessarily vegetarian

Hi, these sound awesome! However, I have recently transitioned into a vegetarian and, upon doing so have done a lot of research. Kosher gelatin is usually made from fish bones or even cow bones, which may not be the best alternative for full vegetarians. Agar-agar may be a good substitute or possibly carrageen. Try looking in health food stores or Asian food markets. Best of luck trying these out.

Hi, these sound awesome! However, I have recently transitioned into a vegetarian and, upon doing so have done a lot of research. Kosher gelatin is usually made from fish bones or even cow bones, which may not be the best alternative for full vegetarians. Agar-agar may be a good substitute or possibly carrageen. Try looking in health food stores or Asian food markets. Best of luck trying these out.
Guest - gelatin is not vegetarian on Thursday, 18 September 2014 03:43
gelatin is not vegetarian

Gelatin is not vegetarian

Gelatin is not vegetarian
Guest - Connie Corp on Thursday, 02 October 2014 02:28
substitute for gelatin

use pomona's pectin instead of geletan…it's good for vegans as well…you can find it online at Pomona's Pectin.

use pomona's pectin instead of geletan…it's good for vegans as well…you can find it online at Pomona's Pectin.
Guest - mj on Thursday, 18 September 2014 04:57
too much sugar ??

Isn't that too much sugar ??

Isn't that too much sugar ??
Guest - Colleen Lopez on Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:35
Calories/Sugar

Hi MJ, Yes, they are a sweet treat. Each slice is appx 30 calories - I eat them in moderation :)

Hi MJ, Yes, they are a sweet treat. Each slice is appx 30 calories - I eat them in moderation :)
Guest - Sarah on Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:09
Does the alcohol cook out?

Just wondering if I need to omit the alcohol before feeding to my kids. :p:D

Just wondering if I need to omit the alcohol before feeding to my kids. :p:D
Guest - Colleen Lopez on Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:28
Adding Alcohol

Hi Sarah, If you use the recipe with alcohol the alcohol does not cook out - it becomes more like a "jello shot"! If you try it, the butterscotch schnapps is very tasty ;)

Hi Sarah, If you use the recipe with alcohol the alcohol does not cook out - it becomes more like a "jello shot"! If you try it, the butterscotch schnapps is very tasty ;)