A little fall treat: Caramel Apples

If you’ve ever had a caramel apple, you’ve probably thought that it would be easy to make. That is simply not the case. Creating a caramel apple, especially the ones we attempted last weekend was not so much a labor of love, but a labor of flustration.

1
Wash your Ginger Gold Apples
Remove steps and replace with sticks.
Remove stems and replace with sticks.
Gather the ingredients for melting.
Gather the ingredients for melting.
Unwrap those caramels...
Unwrap those caramels…
Semi-sweet and white chocolate.
Semi-sweet and white chocolate.
Pecans.
Pecans.
Dip Caramel first then in nuts.
Dip Caramel first then in nuts.
So pretty...
So pretty…
All wrapped up and pretty.
All wrapped up and ready to give away.

Caramel Apples (via Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook)

Ingredients:

  • 6 large green apples
  • 6 wooden craft sticks
  • 1 (14oz) bag caramels
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 (12oz) bag semisweet chocolate morsels
  • Pecan halves (optional)

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry apples; remove stems. Insert craft sticks into stem end of each apple; set aside.
  2. Combine caramels, vanilla, and 1 tbsp. water in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Microwave on HIGH 90 seconds or until melted, stirring twice.
  3. Quickly dip each apple into the caramel mixture, allowing excess caramel to drip off. Roll in chopped pecans; place on lightly greased wax paper. Chill at least 15 minutes.
  4. Microwave chocolate morsels at HIGH 90 seconds or until melted, stirring twice; cool 5 minutes. Pour chocolate where craft sticks and apple meet, allowing chocolate to drip down sides of apples. Press pecan halves onto chocolate, if desired. Chill 15 minutes or until set.
  5. (For black and white caramel apples) Microwave 6oz white chocolate morsels at HIGH 60 seconds or until melted, stirring once; drizzle evenly over semisweet chocolate.

 

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