Whole apples, coated with caramel. These have been a common, seasonal treat starting in late summer through autumn and the festivities that are associated with Halloween.
This recipe is so simple and straight forward there is no excuse not to prepare them from scratch. The most challenging part of this recipe is unwrapping the caramels without sampling too many of them.
|1 1/2 lbs||store bought caramels|
|7 or 8||apples|
|1/2 c||chopped nuts or other topping (optional)|
Special Equipment Required
7 or 8 wooden dowels or sticks
wax or parchment paper
paper cupcake liners
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Unfold and flatten 7 to 8 cupcake tin liners and distribute on the baking sheet. Rinse and dry 8 apples and remove their stems. Insert wooden dowels or another appropriate type of stick into the stem end of the apples.
Keep a double boiler or a pot of simmering water at the ready. It will be needed to keep the syrup warm enough to prevent it from thickening while the apples are coated.
Heat caramels and water gradually, until they are fully melted and smooth. Bring water in double boiler or pan to a boil. Set pan with caramel over, but not in, the boiling water.
Dip apples, one at a time, removing excess caramel by scraping on the side of the pan. Coated apples can then be dipped in chopped nuts, sprinkles, or any other coating that appeals.
Place each apple on a cupcake liner and allow to set. Refrigeration will set the caramel faster.
Tips & Tricks
Any type of apple can be used so go with any variety you prefer, or try a couple different types and find out which you like best. Personally, I like tart varieties which balance the sweetness of the caramel.
Excess caramel can be poured into a small jar or other airtight container and stored in the refrigerator. To use, soften in the microwave for 10-20 seconds on high.
Any spills of caramel are more easily cleaned with hot water, which helps to both melt and dissolve the caramel.
Kits can be purchased at grocery stories which provide sheets of caramel that can be wrapped around apples. If you are coordinating younger cooks in the kitchen, these kits may be easier and safer if you want a child-friendly preparation, particularly if you feel that hot melted caramel may be too great a temptation for young fingers.