Vegan Caramel Apples!

So, apparantly I’m a compulsive liar when it comes to saying I’m going to make certain blog posts. Truth is, I really did plan on posting about candy and caramel apples yesterday. But it was cloudy. And I didn’t want to take pictures of caramel apples while it was cloudy. So I waited.

But all that is in the past! Now, onto some caramel apples..

First thing you need to do is go out in the woods and gather up some thin, sturdy sticks! Yes, sticks. You want your caramel apples to look autumn-y and pretty, don’t you? Then go get the sticks!

Of course, if you don’t live out in the sticks (like yours cruelly), then you can buy some crafting sticks or dowels. (Boooring! Go have an autumn adventure and gather up some sticks!)

The following recipe is enough to cover about 10 small Granny Smith apples with caramel goodness. And, yes, I’m going to reccomend you use Granny Smith apples because they make the best caramel apples of all time.

Vegan Caramel Apples

10 small Granny Smith apples (washed and completely dried)
1 1/2 cups chopped, roasted peanuts
3/4 cup  soymilk
3/4 cup margarine (Earth Balance pre-measured sticks are easiest)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 cup corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Before doing anything, you need to set up your caramel apple work station:

Caramel Apple Work Station

Caramel Apple Work Station

Have your apples, sticks of your choice inserted, set off to the side. Right next to these, you’ll need to have a baking sheet with aluminum foil, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Also nearby should be your bowl of roasted, chopped peanuts and a large bowl filled with ice water (this will be needed to stop the cooking process of the caramel later on).

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the soymilk, 1/4 cup margarine (melted), and the cornstarch.  This is your heavy cream substitute.

Fit a large, heavy saucepan with a candy thermometer. Over medium-low heat, cook 3/4 of the heavy cream substitute, the corn syrup, the remaining 1/2 cup of margarine, and the sugar to 280 degrees F, stirring only once or twice. The caramel should be a dark amber color at this point, and it will be very hot.

Caramelizing

Caramelizing

Quickly remove the pan from the heat and dip the bottom of the pan into the ice water to stop the cooking process. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of heavy cream substitute and the vanilla. Do not return pan to the heat.

Stirring in the remaining "heavy cream" and vanilla.

Allow caramel to cool for about a minute to thicken up.
Thickening caramel.

Thickening caramel.

Working one at a time, dip and turn the apples into the caramel. Allow excess caramel to drip off, and dip the apples into the chopped peanuts. Place on the aluminum foil that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.

When you have finished with all of the apples, place the baking sheet into the refrigerator and allow caramel to harden.

After about 10 minutes, you can say..
Ta-da! Vegan caramel apples!

"Ta-da! Vegan caramel apples!"

– Andrea
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19 Responses to “Vegan Caramel Apples!”

  1. Jojo Says:

    I was just talking about making caramel apples today! Those looks great, I can’t wait to make them.

  2. Trinity Says:

    WOW! those are amazing.

  3. funkyryan Says:

    AWESOME! These look like fun to make!

  4. Megan Says:

    I was waiting for this since last year! Haha. I had a horrible recipe for caramel and it was burnt when it finished. I’m definitely making these this year, though!

  5. Kelly Says:

    Oh, my – those are beautiful!

  6. Michelle Says:

    Those are gorgeous!

  7. miss alix Says:

    oh goodness these look amazing. i want to make them. i love caramel and apples together, but haven’t had in years and years.

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  9. naomi rose Says:

    oh you beauty! These look GREAT

  10. cookingforaveganlover Says:

    I love making vegan caramel apples. it was one of the major vegan cooking adventures my husbandand I had and was so much fun

  11. Nora Says:

    think these would work with male instead of corn syrup?

  12. Nora Says:

    hahah *MAPLE

  13. Melissa Says:

    truly amazing- yumm!

  14. Mo Says:

    Those are so gorgeous!

  15. veganf Says:

    I tried to make some mini ones last week, but failed. I’ve been after a caramel recipe that does not contain corn syrup, and I made one that uses agave nectar instead, but it didn’t stick to the apples very well. It did harden nicely later, so I’m on the right track at least.

  16. Zeinab Says:

    These look sooo good! I’ve just got my hands on a sugar thermometer, so I think I’ll be making these soon! Thanks for the recipe!

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