How to Make Caramel Apples Dipped in Halloween Candy
Give classic caramel apples a Halloween makeover by using fun-size candy bars and other chocolatey treat bag goodies as delicious decor for this seasonal fall treat.
- 5 small organic apples, thoroughly chilled
- 5 candy apple sticks
- 2 cups chopped fun-size candy bars
- 12 ounces candy caramels, unwrapped
- 2 tablespoons water
Yield: 5 apples
Thoroughly wash and dry the apples. It's best to use organic apples that have wax-free skins since waxed apples will prevent the caramel coating from sticking to their skins. Next, insert the candy apple sticks into the stem ends of the apples. Pick up each apple to make sure the sticks are firmly inserted and the apples are stable for dipping.
Spread a work surface with parchment paper, or line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place chopped chocolate bars and chocolate candies nearby in a bowl. Combine the caramels and water in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until the caramels are completely melted and smooth.
Dip an apple into the caramel, swirling to completely coat it (Image 1). Immediately roll it in the bowl of chopped candy (Image 2), then place on the parchment paper (Image 3). Repeat with the remaining apples. Dot any leftover pieces of candy onto the caramel apples. Let stand until set, about 30 minutes at room temperature. Tip: As the amount of caramel decreases in the pan, tilt it to one side so the caramel pools. This helps to evenly coat the last two apples dipped.
Place each caramel apple in jumbo muffin papers for serving, if desired. Caramel apples will keep for 24 hours at room temperature, or wrap the apples in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator for longevity.
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