Full size caramel apples are a Fall staple, but often messy to eat, or too big for one person. These bite-size versions are much more manageable.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/4 cup room heavy cream, room temperature
- 3 apples, preferably Granny Smith
1. In a 8-cup microwave safe measuring cup (like Pyrex), combine the sugar, water and light corn syrup.
2. Microwave on high in 2-minute intervals until the mixture just starts to change color (this could take anywhere from 4 to 7 minutes depending on the strength of the microwave).
3. Carefully remove from the microwave and let stand until a golden caramel forms, about 2 minutes.
4. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the softened butter, heavy cream and a generous pinch of salt. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
5. Using a melon baller, scoop balls out of an apple.
6. Insert toothpicks or small cleaned twigs in the top of each piece, then dip them in caramel and dredge in finely chopped nuts.
7. Chill until the caramel is set.