Salted Caramel Apple Truffles

Salted Caramel Apple Truffles

Thanksgiving is here and I have an amazing last-minute recipe to wow your family and friends. Whether you are hosting or attending a holiday feast, these little Salted Caramel Apple Truffles are fairly simple and extremely delicious. These are my refreshing take on the traditional truffle that is usually solid chocolate and cream. Now, there isn’t anything wrong with a chocolate ball of goodness, but I just love the flavors of caramel and apple together, and I’ve always found whole caramel apples entirely too difficult to eat.

These are also gluten free and can be made with entirely organic ingredients should you need a recipe that fits either of those requirements.

Warning: It will be extremely difficult to practice self-control while making these crisp, salty-sweet treats.

salted caramel apple truffle ingredients

For the Salted Caramel

Ingredients:

¾ cup granulated sugar

½ cup heavy cream

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp vanilla (I use either Tahitian or Madagascar vanilla)

Granny Smith Apples – I averaged about 13-15 truffles per apple

Melon Baller (If you don’t have one, you can make apple slices instead of the truffles)

Directions:

Pour the sugar in a dry saucepan over medium-high heat. Using a fork stir the sugar until it begins to melt.

sugar caramel

When just about all of the sugar is melted, stop stirring and simply swirl the pan to mix the sugar until it turns dark amber in color.

caramel sauce

Pour the heavy cream into the sugar/saucepan. BE CAREFUL! The cream makes the sugar bubble up and it is extremely hot. Using a wooden spoon stir the mixture until all of the caramel is melted. Then pour into a heat-safe bowl and add the salt and the vanilla. Stir until combined and then set aside to let it come to room temperature.

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salted caramel sauce

While the mixture is cooling, use the melon baller to scoop out the apple bites. I used the smaller side of my melon baller to avoid catching any of the core.

apple truffles

At this point in my truffle making I decided that I really should also make a chocolate version, because chocolate is always a good idea. I made a very quick cinnamon chocolate dipping sauce for all of you fellow chocolate lovers.

For the Cinnamon Chocolate

Break 1.5 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate into a microwave-safe dish (this amount of chocolate will cover about 2-3 apples).

Melt the chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave until smooth (took me about 2 and a half rounds). Add about a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and stir to combine. cinnamon chocolate sauce

To the dipping!

With both the caramel and chocolate sauces at room temperature, use your hands to simply scoop the apple bite into either of the sauces. For the chocolate a swirl motion is best to coat it completely. For the caramel, it is easiest to scoop a large amount onto the apple and then let the caramel fall down the sides. Or, if you are impatient like me, you can throw them all in and try to coat them, but this doesn’t get you the best results.

salted caramel apple truffles

I placed all of the truffles onto wax paper to allow them to harden a bit. I also sprinkled a bit of sea salt on the top of the caramel truffles and a shake of cinnamon on the chocolate truffles.

*Tip! Make sure the apples are at room temperature when working with the chocolate sauce so it doesn’t seize up on you.

*Another tip! If you are doing apple slices you will want to toss them in a bowl with some freshly squeezed lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

*And another tip! I put the truffles in groups of three in cute little cupcake holders to contain the mess and portion out the servings.

apple truffles

Ways for the kiddos to help:

  • Younger babes can mix the sea salt and vanilla into the caramel.

  • Older children can make the chocolate sauce on their own!

  • Everyone can dip the apples into the sauces…they don’t need to look perfect, just homemade :)

  • Little hands will love to sprinkle the extra sea salt and cinnamon on top of the finished truffles.

chocolate and caramel apple truffles

I hope you guys enjoy making these with your family and friends! And more importantly, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful for each one of you who have supported me this year!

Salted Caramel Apple Truffles

{All Images via Kinship Parenting}

 

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