Friday Faves With a Bloody Caramel Apple

by heidi on October 19, 2012

Bloody Caramel Apples from

This week I had the best of intentions to stick to my diet, but I knew in my heart it was going to be four days of eating and drinking that were out of my control. I mean coooommme on! Who can go to Wisconsin on a cheese and spirits tour and stick to the plan? Not me. So I created a new plan: more cheese please. I’ll be posting more about the trip later but if you haven’t experienced real Wisconsin cheese, you haven’t tasted cheese.

Now that I’m slowly emerging from my happy dance cheese trance, I’m craving sweets. Sweets that go with cheese.

Okay I might still be under it’s spell. I’ve never been much of a fan of caramel apples thanks to early memories of store-bought versions that nearly drove me to the dentist to have the hard, waxy caramel extracted from my molars and the tossing of the rest in the garbage.

But my recipe is different in a big way thanks to the combination of sugar and sweetened condensed milk, creating a silky caramel coating that stays soft and supple. And deliciously ‘bloody’. And that’s why you need to give my Bloody Caramel Apples a try. These aren’t hard coated candied apples, but rather ooey, gooey, shiny covered crunchy fruits that will have you eating the whole, darn thing.

Bloody Caramel Apples

Yield: makes 10-12 apples

Bloody Caramel Apples


1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 teaspoons red food coloring, depending on your bloody-ness desires
10-12 medium organic apples
10-12 ice-pop sticks or other holders


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk and salt and continue to stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and a clip-on candy thermometer reads 235°F. Remove from heat and add vanilla and food coloring and stir. Allow to cool to 200°F.
  2. Poke ice-pop sticks or twigs into tops of apples and dip into caramel mixture, rotating to coat. Place on a silicone baking liner or waxed paper until caramel sets.

Artisnal cheese stamps at Chalet Cheese Co-Op

On my trip to Wisconsin I met some amazing food writing talents, editors from national magazines plus some favorite food bloggers. This week I asked some of the bloggers to join in and share their favorite Wisconsin cheese from the tour and a Friday Fave with you.

1. Mackenzie isn’t just a grilled cheese phenom, she’s as real as she is fashionable and walked away with the most style points on the trip thanks to her favorite florals and clear specs that I’m coveting in a big, big way.
Mackenzie’s favorite Wisconsin cheese: Chalet Cheese Co-ops’ Limberger 

2. During the week Amanda navigates the social media seas for brands but on the weekends is an avid outdoor enthusiast who craves wool sweaters and dreams of cozying up to evening fires in any one of these idyllic getaways.
Amanda’s favorite Wisconsin cheese: Belgioioso Crescenza-Stracchino

3. On a recent trip to Santa Fe, Ashley discovered she can savor her travel memories thanks to this all-natural room spray literally made in nature in a converted van outfitted with a whiskey still for on-location creation. Her favorite? As a Seattle native, naturally it’s Glacier Cascade.
Ashley’s favorite Wisconsin cheese: Crave Brother’s Mascarpone

4. As a native New Yorker, Sean is thrilled to slurp a People’s Pop and revel in this newly opened park with a bird’s eye view high above the city streets.
Sean’s favorite Wisconsin cheese: Widmer Cheese German Brick

5. Sara thinks there’s a time and a place for a big, comfy t-shirt but knows that a little lace is the key to comfort in style thanks to her favorite cover up created by her oh so fashionable sister.
Sara’s favorite Wisconsin cheese: Belgioioso Ricotta 

6. I cut my trip to Wisconsin short in order to get home in time to help my man blow out his candles. Since this is his favorite flavor and she makes it look sooo good, I’ll be taking Annalise’s tips to create the perfect cake in his honor—with extra vanilla ice cream on the side. P.S. honey: Please don’t expect my cake to look as gorgeous as Annalise’s. It will be looking more, umm, ‘rustic’. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it anyway. Happy bday lover!

7. I’m stocking up on holiday party gear and loving all things ikat.

8. Because I ‘m often asked what I’m looking for in good pix for the blog, this reference is a good resource.

9. So many happy recipes from some very talented food bloggers to celebrate this virtual baby shower.

10. And finally, thanks to my talented friends at Skillcrush for featuring me on their blog this week. Have a great weekend cheeseheads. Thanks for reading and please keep in touch.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks October 19, 2012 at 4:03 am

No way…you went back to my homeland for….cheese! Well, I grew up in MN and just yesterday wrote on my blog about what I wouldn’t give to go have a MN or WI cheese curd. Yes, I love them and proudly admit it. I am jealz of your trip! What a blast! A cheesy blast :)

Those apples are so great, too! Wow!


Kathryn October 19, 2012 at 6:46 am

These caramel apples are stunning Heidi, perfect Halloween fare.

And I’m seriously craving cheese now…


Rachel Cooks October 19, 2012 at 6:56 am

Those cheese stamps are SO cool! Love your Friday Faves, as always!


Maria October 19, 2012 at 6:57 am

Glad you are enjoying your cheese trip:) Love the apple photo! Happy Friday!


MikeVFMK October 19, 2012 at 7:42 am

Love those apples! And all those wonderful links! Hope your trip was a good one (I’d go crazy happy being around cheese all week)


Abby@ Totes Delish October 19, 2012 at 7:43 am

I live in Milwaukee, so happy you had a good trip to this beautiful state! : )


Barbara | Creative Culinary October 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

I just finished creating a recipe for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and in the process discovered a cheese I’m in love with; Sartori’s Merlot Bellavitano. It’s a combination of parmesan and cheddar and the wheels are soaked in wine (drunken cheeses). The outer edge is a gorgeous burgundy and the inner taste is absolutely wonderful. My sister lives in WI and she is learning more about their cheese from me than from personal experience…she and her friends tend to go the cheddar with beer route too easily!

Those apples are fabulous; just love the color Heidi!


Deborah October 19, 2012 at 8:16 am

I haven’t seen a soft caramel quite like this – perfect for Halloween! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!! (And I’m totally jealous that you met an editor from RRMag. :) )


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 19, 2012 at 8:32 am

absolutely fabulous Heidi! Just pinned and tweeted it! I miss ya


The Contessa October 19, 2012 at 9:02 am

What wickedly beautiful apples! Almost too pretty to eat! The cheese is making me think of some new recipe that involves a new cheese! Wonderful.


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

OK, now I want cheese! haha


Cassie October 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I love Friday faves. Those stamps are beyond amazing!


Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen October 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I recently moved to WI and whenever we’re driving on the freeway, the various “cheese castles’ always give me a good laugh. We can’t help but stop though.

Thanks for featuring that cake tutorial! I’m thinking I need a reason to use up the buttercream in my freezer.


Kankana October 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I am not a huge of caramel apple but they always looks so pretty and tempting! Your’s is shinning red. LOVE IT!


thyme (sarah) October 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

How fun and whimsical are those caramel apples. I did something a little similar when my son got his braces off. The “cheesy trip” sounds like loads of fun.


Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I love these apples, perfect for Halloween!


sara October 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

man I just got sucked into your site for awhile. so gorgeous, heidi.
It was wonderful to meet you in person. I think you’re so talented and appreciate what a go-getter you are! Hope your husband enjoyed his birthday!!


Adri {Food-N-Thought} October 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

that red is perfectly beautiful, if my apples came out as pretty {which I doubt} I just would not be able to eat them :P


Carrie October 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

Once again, a spectacular post. I would LOVE to go on a Wisconsin Cheese and Spirits tour!! And those apples are gorgeous!
Oh, and tell your man happy Birthday :)


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet October 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

Gosh, these apples look gorgeous! And I’m totally craving cheese now. :)


Kristen October 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I always love these posts and those apples? So gorgeous!
Thanks for sharing faves of the friends on your trip. That was neat!


Yesenia May 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

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Marla Meridith October 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

You never cease to amaze me with your genius ideas! Pinned & sharing on the blog today :)


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