I just posted a recipe for Mini Caramel Apples over at A Few Short Cuts. Since I was making them my daughter wanted to know if I could make them dairy free. Thank you allergies! I did some searching and found this Dairy free caramel Recipe.
I made them with white sugar, but if I was going to make it again I would use light brown sugar to get the caramel color. These are really good for being dairy free. I am going to make another batch when I get some more Corn Syrup.
I have never made my own caramel before. I was kinda scared. As long as you have a candy thermometer and you follow the directions, they will turn out great!
Dairy Free Caramel
Ingredient proportions from The Glad Cow Cookbook
- 1 cup margarine*
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 cups soy or almond milk
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 t vanilla
- *Optional: Add 1 tsp salt if using unsalted margarine
-Line an 8 inch x 8 inch pan with parchment or cover a baking sheet with parchment and ready your apples and sticks. You can cover a few apples and then place the remaining caramel in any parchment lined container to set up and make candies. I use a loaf pan for the extra caramel when covering apples.
-Place the margarine, sugar, soy milk and corn syrup in a large saucepan (4qt capacity minimum)
-Bring ingredients to a boil stirring continually.
-Cook over medium-high heat while continuing to stir until candy reaches 248 degrees F. (243-5 for softer caramels)
-Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into lined baking pan. If coating apples then let allow the caramel to cool for a minute while still stirring and then start coating. After you coat the apples place them in the fridge or eat them as soon as they cool.
-Allow the caramel in the pan to cool completely. Snip into pieces using clean kitchen shears that you wipe or spray with oil (or slice with a knife). Wrap individually with waxed or parchment paper.
Variation: Cook to 230 degrees F for caramel sauce for ice cream/cake. Store in a covered container.
Makes ~100 pieces of caramel candy, will coat ~8-10 apples