September 22, 2010

Homemade Caramel Apples

A few years ago I started to make incredible Caramel Apples in the Autumn. Not just caramel apples, but apples like you can buy for $15 each on gourmet websites with chocolate, and white chocolate drizzled over and candies and mini chips.... these became a much requested school fund raiser for their Fall bake sales.

I'm almost frustrated to admit that my full time work schedule coupled with doing the finances, cooking, errands, cleaning, laundry, school functions and other life-chores has kept me out of the kitchen as I would like to be. Most things are done spur-of-the-moment and not up to my usual standards.

But still... last night at 8:00 pm I started to make caramel apples. If you don't go crazy with the gourmet decorations they really are quick to make and easy... as long as you don't mind getting a little gooey!!

Start with a package of caramels
Sticks of some kind (either Popsicle sticks or candy making sticks, etc.)
*optional; mini chocolate chips, toffee bits, sprinkles, etc.

Melt the unwrapped caramels with 1 tablespoon water in a microwave safe bowl on 50% power for about 2-3 minutes depending on how strong your microwave is. Stir until completely smooth and the water is incorporated. Push a stick in a clean, washed and dry apple and dip into the melted caramel. Hold upside down for a bit, swirling as the caramel cools quickly so it doesn't all puddle down around the apple. Place on parchment paper, foil or plastic. If you want to add sprinkles or candies do so before the caramel sets too much so they will stick.

I hate unwrapping caramels.

Ready to start dipping and rolling the apples.

Mmmm... my family started to gobble them up before they were even cooled down!

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