Homemade Caramel Apple Suckers mean that you can enjoy this seasonal treat year round!
It’s no secret that I am a candy lover. It’s the reason that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays in the entire universe. My kids walk around with pillowcases all night collecting candy that I will eat once they go to bed! What’s not to love about that? I mean, we all know that parents generally get the shaft when it comes to the fairness of life. All the poop cleaning and sleep deprivation, not to mention being forced to watch the Minions until eternity.
Are the Minions ever going away? Will we ever have a shot at a Minion-less life? It’s looking bleak, friends. It’s looking bleak.
So needless to say, I am all about making my child dress up in a ridiculous suit and go beg for candy. It only seems fair. You know…karma and all that.
The only thing that would be better? If they had to stop mid-outing and navigate a horribly unsanitary restroom with a broken diaper changing station because a of an emergency blowout situation.
Their time will come. I have no doubt about that.
One of my favorite Halloween treats are Caramel Apple Suckers. I sometimes occasionally (ALWAYS) buy a bag or two in September and hoard them, only eating them when the kids are napping or in bed.
It’s not that I don’t want to share (it is), it’s that their young palates are not yet mature enough to fully appreciate Caramel Apple Suckers properly.
Unfortunately, you can only purchase these in stores in September and October. But if you’re the ambitious sort, you can make your own! They aren’t difficult at all but DO require a few special items.
These are so yummy and fun. Enjoy!
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1 1/4 teaspoon green apple candy flavoring
- 1 teaspoon citric acid
- couple drops green food coloring
- 5.5 oz caramel bits
- Spray 24 lollipop molds with nonstick cooking spray. Place lollipop sticks in the molds and set aside.
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan, stir together the white sugar, water and corn syrup until sugar has dissolved. Boil over medium-high heat for about 30-35 minutes, until it reaches a temperature of 310 on a candy thermometer OR until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads that crack instead of bend.
- Remove from heat, and stir in the green apple flavoring, citric acid, and food coloring.
- Immediately (and CAREFULLY) pour the hot candy into the prepared lollipop molds. Let cool and harden completely.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat caramel bits, stopping to stir ever 20 seconds until melted and smooth. Dip prepared suckers in the caramel and and let harden on wax paper.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!