Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Caramel Apples

Patti and I are getting a head start on our fall treats. Isn't the fall such a fun time to make desserts? It puts me in the mood when the weather gets cooler, the leaves change colors, and whenever I see a pumpkin or an apple. We love making these yummy apples and will do them a few more times before the season is over.
I got my caramel recipe from Dena, my dear friend who is amazing at making candy. Since she sells these she has asked that I not share her recipe.
We use Granny Smith apples but our favorite is using the apples from our local orchard because the size is perfect, they are really tart, and of course they are fresh.
For the sticks we use the Skinny Sticks sold at Wal-Mart in the craft section. We spray the wax paper with Pam so the caramel won't stick as bad.

Before the caramel dried (which is pretty quickly) on these we dipped the bottom of the apple in either, crushed Reese's, M&M's, or Heath Bar. We have also dipped these in Milk Chocolate first before adding the additional topping. It is more beautiful that way but is also more expensive.

Once the caramel dried on these we dipped them in either melted milk chocolate and then crushed almonds or white chocolate and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar on top. The latter is my favorite, Apple Pie Ale Mode is what it's called. We have discovered that after we dip the apple in milk chocolate let it set up a little before adding the toppings otherwise it will just drip down the apple because of the weight. If you have problems you can always set them in the freezer for a few minutes to set up quicker, but don't let them freeze.

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