Caramel Apples + Pumpkin Spice = Yum
It’s in the autumn when not only leaves change from green to shades of red, orange, and gold, but also when recipes change from traditional to festive--influenced by all kinds of pumpkin spice greatness. We see pumpkin spice products line the aisles at our supermarkets, pumpkin spice desserts at restaurants, and pumpkin spice lattes at our neighborhood coffee shops. And, while it’s nice to conveniently pick those items up at the grocery store or local shop, it’s also nice to get the family involved in making them, too.
There’s something special about bouncing from market to market in search for the perfect ingredients to make something all your own. This week, our test kitchen was hard at work merging classic caramel apples with seasonal pumpkin spice flavor. Make sure to keep Nature’s Flavors in mind when you’re making your autumn inspired goodies this year.
Making pumpkin spice caramel apples is a fun activity to get the whole family involved. Kids will have fun unwrapping caramels and decorating apples with fun and festive candy sprinkles, chocolate, nuts, and more. For this recipe, we used two 5.5 oz bags of soft caramels to cover 4 medium-sized apples. We’ve found that one bag of caramels will cover about 2-3 apples, depending on size.
Unwrap caramels and add to a double boiler. Over medium heat, add in two tablespoons of milk and gently stir caramels until completely melted and totally smooth. This may take a few minutes. For each bag of caramels you use, stir in one-half to one teaspoon of Nature’s Flavors Organic Pumpkin Pie Flavor Concentrate and a dash or two of ground cinnamon. Once your caramel is thoroughly melted and the ingredients are mixed in, insert sticks into the cores of your washed and dried apples. You can use any kind of apples you’d like.
Holding apples by the sticks, carefully roll apples in the melted caramel, covering as much of them as you’d like--you can completely submerge them, cover them halfway, etc. Remember, the caramel is warm, so keep little hands out of the way. This step can be a sticky process, so be patient as you work--the rewards will be delicious. Set aside caramel covered apples on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Complete this process until all the apples are covered. Set aside until the caramel has a chance to cool and harden, though the texture will still be a little tacky.
Now comes the fun part--the decorating. Get creative here. You can use chocolate, colorful Halloween colored sprinkles, nuts, broken pretzel pieces, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows, or anything else you’d like that will be bright and festive. For ours, we covered half of our apples with dark chocolate and the other half with white chocolate. Again, melt chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat, melting until smooth.
At this stage, you can either use the chocolate as-is or you can choose to incorporate Nature’s Flavors Organic Flavor Oil for Chocolate or even color your chocolate festive fall colors using Nature’s Flavors Organic Food Color Liquid. Roll your caramel apples in the chocolate, then roll in the topping of your choice. Set aside on parchment paper to cool and firm.
This is not only a great recipe to make using Nature’s Flavors Organic Pumpkin Pie Flavor Concentrate, but you could also use Organic Apple Cider Flavor Concentrate, Maple Flavor Concentrate, or anything else you can dream up. We hope you enjoy making caramel apples with Nature’s Flavors Organic Flavor Concentrates as much as we did. Tag your homemade treats on social media with #naturesflavors. We’d love to check out what you make with Nature’s Flavors products this upcoming holiday season!