A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the American Night Writers Association (ANWA) Conference. It was a great experience! I met some incredible people, made some new friends, and even pitched my first book! (Thanks, Michelle!)
One of the new friends I met was Christine Walter. Christine is an amazing artist. Her drawings are beautiful. She is also an author and blogger–and she happens to make some incredible homemade caramels! (She calls them “Little Morsels of Heaven.”) She was handing them out to her friends, new and old, during the conference, and I must admit, they made her stand out among the crowd. I came home from the conference and immediately looked up her website so I could try her recipe. It really is that good!
You can find her original post here. It took me a couple of tries to get it just right, but it was totally worth the effort.
My real reason for wanting to learn to make caramels is because fall has arrived and that means the traditional Jarvis Family Caramel Apple Party will be coming soon.
I love caramel apples!
We have been making them every October since we first got married 29 years ago. We have tried all kinds of caramel apples through the years, but the one thing I’ve never done is make my own caramel. That is the goal this year–and I think I’ve mastered it, thanks to Christine.
I also have a fun little surprise to add to our caramel apples this year, thanks to my awesome friend, Jean. You’ll have to wait to see what it is until after the apples are made.
In the meantime, try your hand at this delicious caramel recipe. A couple of tips I learned from making them.
- With my stove, the heat had to be pretty low. With the first batch, I started at medium heat (5 on my stove), and the caramel burned in 20 minutes. The second batch I did on a 3, and it was perfect!
- I love the sweet and salty thing, so I sprinkled a little sea salt on the caramel before I cut it into pieces. It is so good! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
I’ll be giving away lots of caramel today! Otherwise, I’ll be gaining back the 16 pounds I’ve lost in the past 10 weeks…yikes!
Stay tuned for my caramel apple post–coming soon!