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Published: Tuesday, 9/2/2008

Caramel Candied Apples

12 wooden craft sticks

12 large tart apples, washed, dried and stems removed (wash well or caramel will slide off)

Waxed paper

Nonstick cooking spray

12 ounces assorted candy bars such as Butterfinger or Nestle s Crunch, finely chopped

1 pound box dark brown sugar

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup light corn syrup

2 sticks butter (1 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Insert stick into each apple. Line trays or baking sheets with wax paper; spray paper with nonstick cooking spray. Place chopped candy bars on separate plates or mix together on one plate.

Combine sugar, sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, and butter in medium heavy-duty saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, until sugar has dissolved. Attach candy thermometer to inside of saucepan. Increase heat to medium; cook, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes or until mixture reaches 236 degrees on thermometer. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract.

Dip apples all the way into caramel mixture, shaking off excess. Roll bottom half of apples in chopped candy bars, then place on prepared trays. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set. Store apples in refrigerator in airtight container.

Yield: 12 servings

Source: Nestle

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