10 to 12 Lollipop or Popsicle sticks
10 to 12 Medium Apples
1 cup Sugar
½ Unsalted butter
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup light corn syrup
2 tbsp Maple syrup
1 tbsp Blackstrap or other dark molasses
¼ vanilla extract
A pinch of Salt
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and butter or oil the foil lightly, or line with a nonstick liner. Punch a lollipop stick into each apple. I use the bottom of a heavy mug to “hammer” in the sticks. Set aside.
In a deep, heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, cream, corn syrup, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla and salt and place over medium-high heat. Stir gently with a wooden spoon from time to time make sure no sugar is sticking to the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and cook until the mixture registers 236°F on a thermometer, 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and let the caramel cool to 180°F. One at a time, dip the apples into the hot caramel, let the excess drip off the bottom, and them set them on the prepared baking sheet. If the caramel slides off the first apple, let the mixture cool for a little linger and try again. You may need to tilt the pan to dip the last few apples (to free your hands, put a wooden spoon under on side of the pan). Let cool completely to set the caramel. The apples will keep, uncovered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.