An alternative way to serve apples. The combination of the sweet caramel with the salty peanuts will impress you.
In a medium saucepan melt the butter and add salt, syrup and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until mixture comes to a full boil, 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until small amount of mixture dropped in ice water forms a ball or candy thermometer reaches 245 F. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Dip apples in the caramel mixture. Place coated apples on waxed paper. Put peanuts in a small bowl so you can dip the apples in. Allow to dry completely and then place in air tight container.
12 tart apples, washed and dried,
3/4 cup chopped salted peanuts,
1 cup light corn syrup,
dash of salt,
1/2 cup butter,
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 can of sweetened condensed milk,
1 teaspoon vanilla