This recipe is from Martha Stewart. Tried and true not by me but a friend of mine. I haven't seen her results but she says that the recipe worked well.
Caramel Lady Apples
12 lady apples, washed and stemmed
2 cups hazelnuts, toasted, peeled, and chopped
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1. Insert a 5-inch dowel or popsicle stick into the top of each apple. Place hazelnuts in a small bowl.
2. Place sugar, corn syrup, cream, and butter in a small
saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until the temperature registers 245° on a candy thermometer, 10 to 12 minutes. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Remove saucepan from heat, and briefly plunge it into ice water to stop the cooking. Dip one apple into the caramel, coat the top and sides using a spoon, and roll the bottom in the nuts. Transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining apples.
I hope it works for you.
[ September 17, 2001: Message edited by: Kimmie ]