Caramel Apples You’ll Adoreposted on 10/11/14
Caramel apples are probably the best thing about Halloween and autumn. Whether you prefer simple, old fashioned caramel apples or fancy, gourmet-style caramel apples, your options are pretty much endless. Caramel apples are easy to make, albeit occasionally a little sticky. But that’s half the fun! Ree Drummond over at The Pioneer Woman Cooks has an absolutely fantastic recipe for the most delicious caramel apples I’ve ever had. And let me tell you, as a lover of food, I’ve had plenty of caramel apples in my day.
To start, you’re going to need apples. If you’re like me, you’ll probably want about a hundred apples to cover in caramel and consume while watching the scariest Halloween movies around. Let’s pretend you’re not actually as slovenly as I am though. Find eight apples. They can be big or small, sweet or tart, green or red. Find eight chopsticks. You can probably find these in your local grocery store or stock up on chinese food take-out in the weeks before you make your caramel apples. Yum.
If you can find a package of caramel melts, you’re life will be much easier. You’ll need four packages of 11 ounce melts. Otherwise, park it in front of the TV and start unwrapping individual caramels for a night. After you’ve washed your apples under warm water, melt the caramel with two tablespoons of heavy cream in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, put a sturdy glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Mix in one teaspoon of vanilla and a dash of salt and stir until the mixture is smooth.
Put a chopstick in the bottom of each apple and dip the apple into the caramel. You want to coat it from top to bottom. Don’t be afraid to make a little mess! If you want to put any toppings on the apples, you’ll need to do so quickly. So be sure to chop up whatever toppings you like and put them in bowls before you even start melting the caramel. Some good toppings are small M&Ms, chopped pretzels, white chocolate chips, sea salt, etc. You have to roll the apples in the toppings quickly before the caramel solidifies. All in all, it shouldn’t take you more than a half hour to make a batch of caramel apples. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your toppings! But of course, if you just love a good old fashioned caramel apple, you can simply skip the toppings.