One of the best festival foods now veganized! You will loved these vegan caramel apples, complete with nuts if you like them that way, or not! The choice is yours!
If you are looking at this post, chances are you either loved getting caramel apples at festivals or carnivals growing up or you went to one recently and it got you curious to see if you could make your own! Well, we’re here to tell you that you can have amazing vegan caramel apples!
Once you get the caramel down, the possibilities are endless for what you can do with it and these vegan caramel apples are once of our favs, especially in the fall!
So grab your favorite type of apple and let’s get going!
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VEGAN CARAMEL APPLES INGREDIENTS:
Below are notes about the ingredients before we get into the full recipe located lower in this post on how to make this Vegan Caramel Apples:
- Apples – there’s no right or wrong apples to use for this recipe. Something sweeter like gala or fuji make great options, but sweet and tart (like Granny Smith) are also a great option
- Corn syrup – this specific type of sugar helps to reduce any chance of grainy caramel forming. We are using light corn syrup in this recipe
- Brown Sugar – moisture and sweetness is balanced with brown sugar and corn syrup together
- Coconut Cream – traditional caramel uses heavy cream, but since we don’t have many options for that as a vegan, we are using coconut cream. This is the thick part of canned coconut milk
- vegan butter – this adds richness and makes the final product more smooth
- salt – just a pinch of salt to help the flavors pop
SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS:
- Apples -try dipping other fruits in the caramel instead!
- Corn syrup – we have not tried swapping, but you could try with brown rice syrup or golden syrup. Possibly even agave. These many crystalized more than using the corn syrup
- Brown Sugar – can swap with cane sugar
Caramel is very finicky and we wouldn’t recommend swapping out or changing many things without knowing exactly how It’s going to change the recipe
Frequently Asked Questions:
We recommend once made that you store them in the fridge and consume within 2 days.
We don’t have a recommendation for the coconut in the recipe. Non-dairy milks don’t usually have enough fat to make the caramel work in this recipe. For the butter, use a soy free vegan butter.
Traditional caramel is very finicky. Vegan caramel is even more so. You truly need it to be at the right temperature for this recipe to work. Therefore, we HIGHLY recommend you use a candy thermometer. This is the candy thermometer that we use.
What other vegan fall dessert recipe ideas could I make?
- Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
- Black Chocolate Vegan Brioche Donuts
- Vegan White Chocolate Reeses
- Vegan Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
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Vegan Caramel Apples
- Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Dip the apple in and then rub off with a towel until completely dry. Place on a silicone mat or wax paper lined baking sheet. Push a skewer down the middle of it.
- To a medium saucepan with high walls, add corn syrup, brown sugar, water, coconut cream, vegan butter and salt. Turn heat onto medium. Stir constantly until butter has melted.
- Once butter has melted, add a candy thermometer to the side. Do not stir the mixture at this point. Let temperature come to 240-245 degrees F. *Do not turn your temperature up or down to make this go faster, you need consistency for caramel.
- Once temperature reached, remove from heat and add vanilla. Do not overmix.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes (until about 190 degrees F) and then holding onto the stick, dip the apple and coat the sides. Let any excess drip off. Place on prepared baking sheet and place into fridge.
- Roll into any desired toppings immediately after adding caramel. Eat immediately or let set. Enjoy within 2 days.