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.
Caramel Apples (via Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook)
- 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)
- Wash and dry apples; remove stems. Insert craft sticks into stem end of each apple; set aside.
- Combine caramels, vanilla, and 1 tbsp. water in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Microwave on HIGH 90 seconds or until melted, stirring twice.
- 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.
- 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.
- (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.