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keeping the caramel on the apple. What's the secret?

tweetie Sep 22, 2008 03:44 PM

I've gotten great help on this board and have now mastered caramel thanks to the contributions, suggestions and recipes of many members. Now if I could only get the stuff to stay on the apples! I thought it was a factor of temperature and waited for the caramel to cool and thicken but there was still major drippage, even placing them in the fridge. Help!

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  1. todao RE: tweetie Sep 22, 2008 04:12 PM

    Make sure the surface of your your apples are dry ( like VERY dry) before dipping them into the caramel.
    Apples have a natural wax coating (markets also sometimes spray wax on them to make them look better in the produce departments) which needs to be neutralized. I wash the apples with a mild soap and water solution (a brush helps if you have one) to get rid of the wax.
    You also don't want your caramel to be too hot; just hot enough to allow the apple to coat evenly when dipped.

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      JPerry RE: tweetie Sep 22, 2008 04:27 PM

      Too much butter in your caramel could also contribute to it not sticking. I've never had that happen to me.

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        todao RE: JPerry Sep 22, 2008 09:31 PM

        Excellent point, JPerry. Never thought of that but it sure makes sense.

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          Lemonii RE: JPerry Oct 24, 2008 03:01 PM

          Am I going to be able to do this all in a crockpot?

        2. JalamaMama RE: tweetie Sep 22, 2008 08:38 PM

          I am gearing up to make several batches of caramel apples- hopefully this will be the season that it is simple and easy....

          I tried more than 3 times to make my own caramel- impossible for me. When I used the wrapped caramels and microwaved them- I could have fainted how easy it was.

          I had the problem of the caramel running off too- and recently inquired to a local shop, and they dip them in ice water after dipping and are sure to have them DRY before the next dip.

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            Chocolatechipkt RE: JalamaMama Sep 24, 2008 08:25 AM

            Ice water ... good idea! I've wondered about how to keep the caramel on too.

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