Nutritious apples can be more appetizing if you combine it with other yummy ingredients. The food preparation also makes for a great bonding time for you and your child!
Serves seven to nine.
- 7-9 pcs Fuji apples
- 7-9 pcs wooden sticks or popsicles
For the caramel dip:
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup unsalted butter
- 1 300ml can condensed milk
- 2/3 cup corn syrup
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla
For decorating apples (optional):
- Chopped nuts
- Melted white or semi-sweet chocolate
- Multi-colored candy sprinkles
- Mini marshmallows
- Crushed sandwich cookies
- Rinse apples thoroughly under tap water. Dry with a clean towel by rubbing the surface to remove wax and allow the caramel to stick.
- Insert a popsicle or wooden stick into the apple by the stem.
- In a bottom-heavy saucepan, combine all ingredients except vanilla. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Remember to stir the bottom and scrape sides of the saucepan to keep the mixture from getting scorched.
- Reduce heat to low. Stir the mixture until it thickens and takes on a deep caramel color. If using a candy thermometer, aim for a temperature that reaches 234-236 degrees Fahrenheit. You may also drop a teaspoon of caramel into cold water to see if it is ready. The caramel should form a soft but pliable ball.
- Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and let the caramel cool for 5 minutes.
- Place a sheet of parchment paper on a large plate.
- Dip the bottom half of an apple into a caramel. Let the caramel drip back into the pan by twirling the apple and tapping it.
- Decorate the apple by dipping it in nuts, sprinkles or other decorating ingredients. Set aside to cool on the parchment paper. Continue by drizzling melted chocolate and sprinkling with other decorating ingredients, if desired.
Remember to give your child Lactum 3+ or 6+ with his meals. Lactum has the essential nutrients found in food groups from the food pyramid. It helps make your child 100% nourished*, and you, mom, 100% panatag!
*with 3 balanced meals a day