Monday, October 17, 2011

Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

Halloween is in two weeks!  Are you ready?  I'm not.  We've still got to figure out what costumes to get for the kids.  But one thing I've done in anticipation for the Halloween season is make yummy caramel apples.  

For some reason, I just can't eat caramel apples unless it's October.  Weird, I know.  But, wooo-hooooo for it being October now!!  These treats are super delicious and easy too!


Here's what you'll need:

5 medium apples, washed and completely dry
One bag of caramels or caramel bits
2 T. water
1 C. chocolate chips
1 - 1 1/2 T. shortening
Any candy, chopped (opt.)

When I saw these at the store, I knew I had to try them.  I LOVED that I didn't have to unwrap tons of caramels.  So easy!!

Place the caramel and water into a medium pan.

Heat on Medium-Low until the caramel is melted and smooth.

You can push sticks into the apples before dipping them, but I didn't have any.  So I just made sure the apples I used had stems to hang on to.

Dip the apples into the warm caramel.  Set them on a parchment lined tray (you can spray the parchment paper with non-stick spray if desired).
 You should have some caramel left over in your pan.  Scoop it out and drizzle it over the apples.  It may look funny at first, but don't worry.  The caramel will slowly ooze down and cover the apple more smoothly after a while.

Place the caramel covered apples into the fridge and refrigerate for 1 hour.

While you're waiting, you can chop whatever candy you would like to cover the apples in.  I went with Snickers.  I used a whole bag of the fun-sized candy bars.  Chop them small.  Mine are a little bigger.  I'd probably go smaller next time.

After the caramel has set on the apples, you'll notice that there's some at the bottom of each apple.  No worries.  Just mold the caramel back up onto the apple.  Or if you'd rather, you can just cut it off and eat it.

Once you've got the caramel pressed back up, you're ready for dipping.  I melted milk chocolate chips with the shortening in the microwave for 30 seconds on High, stirred it well, then microwaved it for another 15 seconds until the chocolate was smooth and the shortening was incorporated.
 Holding on to the apples by the stick or the stem, dip the caramel apples into the chocolate, turning to cover it all.  Or pour some chocolate over the top and let it run down the apple.

For the candy covered apples, I dipped the whole apple into the chocolate.  And for the chocolate covered caramel apples, I drizzled chocolate over the top.  You can do whatever you'd like.

If you want your apples covered with candy, roll the chocolate covered caramel apples into your chopped candy coating well.

Place back onto the parchment lined pan to set.
 Refrigerate until ready to use.
 I took these to a party and gave away two of the candy covered ones as gifts.  Everyone loved them!

So I only had the chocolate covered caramel apples left to photograph.  They were both VERY good!

Enjoy, my little pretties!


Leia said...

Those look so good!

Julie said...

Absolutely, positively fantastic!!! I am off to the store now. I'm also following you. :)

Hannah said...

Thank you! Super easy and super yummy, you just can't beat it. And welcome, Julie; I'm so happy to have you!!

Vickie Robertson said...

I am soooo hungry for carmel apples now. Where did you find the carmel bits? Those are awesome!This is a great blog, thank you for sharing it with us!!!

Hannah said...

Vickie, I found the caramel bits at the grocery store, Schofield's in Sugar to be exact. If they have them, they should be just about anywhere!

Nikki said...

Here's another topping idea. My friend did caramel, drizzled chocolate, then crumbled those cinnamon alphabet cookies you get in the giant jar over the top. They went on the apple and on the plate. They were lovely to look at and lovely to eat. Loved the cinnamon and graham flavor with choc and caramel!

Hannah said...

Oooh, Nikki, that sounds delicious! Thanks for the tip!!

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