Every autumn I start to dream about caramel apples. I think it started when I was a little girl, window shopping with my mother in fancy department stores. There was always a display of the most decadent looking caramel apples, loaded with chocolate and nuts. But the prices were outrageous.
They're still outrageously expensive so I definitely go with homemade for my annual caramel apple obsession. And, over the years, I've learned a few tricks for making them both pretty and delicious.
One important factor for me, though, is to keep the sweetness level balanced because caramel can be overwhelming. My trick is to add tahini. Yup, sesame paste is my secret caramel weapon. If you've ever tasted halva, that delicious sesame candy, then you know that sweet tahini is amazing. The nutty taste of the sesame helps tame the sticky sweetness of the caramel and the flavor is awesome.
Fortunately, my kitchen is stocked with Ziyad Brand tahini at all times because I use that stuff on almost everything. They also make a wide range of spices, from the familiar to the exotic, and I keep them all around for recipe testing. This caramel just got a bit of cinnamon but a little cardamom wouldn't hurt either.
I made a dipping station with crushed peanuts, almonds, graham crackers and chocolate so I could dip away and make all my favorite flavor combos. This one is definitely a fun fall project. Enjoy!
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