Just in case you didn't eat enough sweets this weekend, here's an awesome treat. This can be made with real maple bacon, Maple Bacon Salt, or both.
Maple Bacon Caramel Apples
- 8-10 red apples (the firmer the better)
- Popsicle sticks
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 tablespoon molasses (optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons Maple Bacon Salt
- 10 slices of maple bacon
Use a deep pot (we used a spaghetti cooker). Turn heat to medium and melt sugar with about 1/4 cup of water and add molasses. Once the sugar melts and begins to darken add the butter and mix in, stirring frequently. Turn the heat to low, carefully stir in the cream - and be sure to use an oven mit to hold the pan because there will be hot foam that bubbles up.
Bring the entire mixture to a rolling boil for 1-2 minutes. Let cool, coat apples by rolling in a bowl, immediately set onto parchment paper, add chopped maple bacon, add more Maple Bacon Salt to taste, then let cool and harden in fridge for a few minutes.
The easier alternative is to melt pre-made caramel for a similar effect. Either way, it's delicious!