Making the gooey homemade caramel for these caramel apples may take a little time, but it's totally worth the effort.
Push wooden sticks into the top of chilled apples. Return apples to the refrigerator until caramel is ready for dipping.
Place sugar, corn syrup, and water in a large saucepan; boil, stirring until dissolved. Boil, without stirring, 9 minutes or until light golden.
Combine half-and-half, vanilla, and salt; slowly stir into pan. Boil until candy thermometer reaches 235° (45 minutes), stirring frequently.
Pour caramel into a bowl sitting in a hot water bath. Swirl apples in caramel, and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper.
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