Ultimate Caramel Apples

Nothing says Fall like a caramel apple unless of course it’s an Ultimate Caramel Apple!

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It’s that time of year friends! Yes, it’s Caramel Apple season! Around here caramel apples are always a treat! It’s always so exciting when the hearty Fall apples are available.

Ah caramel apples, what a wonderful treat! Honestly, they are wonderful to make for family and friends, and giving them as a gift is even more fun!

Who doesn’t love a caramel apple wrapped in a clear bag with all of its wonderful colors and flavors showing through?

You’ve got to make these Ultimate Caramel Apples – they have all of your favorite flavors in one delicious treat on a stick! 

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One kind of caramel apple just didn’t seem like enough, so I made two. I made a caramel apple with white chocolate and chopped Halloween Oreos and one caramel apple with white chocolate and chopped Twix pieces.

But the possibilities are endless so do whatever makes you happy! :)

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For the apples I can not stress this enough, start with a GOOD apple that YOU like! Start with a good apple and you will love your caramel apples!

A few good varieties are Gala, Granny Smith, Haralson, Honey Crisp, but really use what you like. These are honey crisp apples and they’re very good!

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There’s a lot of room to play with my Ultimate Caramel Apples. Your toppings can be chopped as chunky or fine as you want them to be.

You can use a lot of white chocolate drizzle, or just a little if you prefer. Play around and have fun…your caramel apples are going to turn out great! :)

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Ultimate Caramel Apples

Ingredients:                                       2015-10-11-3412

8 small to medium apples (Honey Crisp, Gala, Granny Smith, Haralson, or your favorite apple)

8 (6-inch) wooden apple sticks (wooden dowels available at your local craft store) or popsicle sticks

2 packages Kraft caramels, or your favorite brand

1 bag (12 ounces) Wilton white chocolate candy melts OR 1 bag (12 ounces) white chocolate chips + 2 teaspoons canola oil

Assorted toppings: crushed Halloween sandwich cookies, chopped Twix bars, various chopped candies, chopped nuts, seasonal sprinkles

Directions:  

1. Wash and dry your apples. Remove stems from apples. Insert a dowel into each apple at the stem end.

2. For the caramel, you can use individually wrapped store-bought caramels such as Kraft, Brach’s or bulk caramels. Melt caramel in a large, microwave-safe bowl, in short intervals, stirring occasionally or in the top of a double boiler. You could also use a small lunch size crock-pot. I used Kraft caramels and followed the melting instructions on the back of the package, including adding a little water, it worked great!

3. Once caramel is completely melted, holding the stick, dip apples one at a time into the caramel. Allow excess caramel to drip off. Set freshly dipped apples on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the freshly dipped apples in the refrigerator to help the caramel cool quicker.

4. When caramel apples are cooled, begin melting chocolate candy melts or chocolate chips. For white chocolate candy melts, melt according to package instructions. For white chocolate chips, in microwave-safe bowl, combine white chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons canola oil. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute, stir. Continue microwaving at 50% power in 30-second intervals until melted.

5. Transfer melted chocolate to a small resealable bag with one small corner snipped off, or you can use a small spoon. Drizzle as heavy or lightly as desired over apples. You have much more control with a resealable bag. Return apples to parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with chopped candy or desired topping. Place in refrigerator to cool completely.

When ready to serve, let caramel apples rest at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Caramel apples are best the day they are made, but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

Makes 8 servings – 1 caramel apple per serving

*Make sure your caramel apples have cooled completely before you add any kind of chocolate over the caramel! The caramel needs to be cool and set up or your caramel and chocolate are going to slide right off!

Speaking of caramel and apples – have you tried my Chocolate Caramel Apple Pouches?

Another great way to enjoy apples and caramel together!

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