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Perfect October Dessert: Caramel Apples

Although they are messy and difficult to eat, caramel apples are super easy to make! All you do is jam a stick into the apples and dip them into melted caramel squares.

This nostalgic dessert is a fabulous way to welcome the arrival of October, and would be fun to make with kids. It takes at least an hour for the caramel to harden, so make these apples in advance. Get the scrumptious recipe when you

Caramel Apples
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2 pounds lady apples or tart apples, such as Macouns or Winesaps
1 pound caramel squares
10 wooden sticks

  1. Wash and completely dry the apples. Insert a wooden stick into thetop end of each. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the caramels with 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water. Cook until smooth, stirring occassionally, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. While the caramel is hot, dip the apples in, swirling to coat evenly. Let the excess caramel drip off and place the apples on the lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator to harden, about 1 hour.

Makes 10 apples.

NUTRITION PER SERVINg: CALORIES 216.67(16% from fat); FAT 3.82g (sat 3.01g); PROTEIN 2.3mg; CHOLESTEROL 3.18mg; CALCIUM 67.6mg; SODIUM 111.96mg; FIBER 2.55g; CARBOHYDRATE 46.45g; IRON 0.16mg

oinkoink oinkoink 10 years
Sorry. Apparently it is Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in San Francisco between Embarcadero North St & Mason St.
oinkoink oinkoink 10 years
You guys and gals, I have found the most amazing candy store that sells many different kinds of caramel apples. It's called the Rocky Mint Chocolate Factory located on Jefferson St. in San Francisco. It's by Fisherman's Wharf. Anyhoo, I got their "apple pie" caramel apple. Sooo good. They also have a them coated in different kinds of nuts (walnut, peanut, almond, etc.), coconut, "cheesecake", and many others. If you are in San Francisco during the fall be sure to stop by and get your caramel apple fix!
xrockette19x xrockette19x 10 years
i just made these for a potluck my class had, they were a huge hit!!! i use microwaveable caramel, and had help, you have to work really fast because the caramel hardens again so quickly, making it a two person operation definitely helped!! melting the caramels on the stove i guess you wouldn't have that problem...but, they were absolutely delicious anyway!!!
Diana172 Diana172 10 years
I always buy them premade because I'm too scared of the horrible sticky mess they would make. I wonder if it's really as bad as I imagine?
aimeeb aimeeb 10 years
I haven't had these in yrs!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
I love these so much!!!
ragus ragus 10 years
once a year I crave a carmel apple!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 10 years
I love these with chopped walnuts, even sprinkles. Ooooh, haven't tried them with crumble Oreos. YUMMY!!
tati33 tati33 10 years
:ROTFL: Molly Seriously..They are good but make my teeth hurt! :(
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I haven't had one of those in so long. There was a candy shop in downtown Covina Ca that made the BOMB carmel apples!! She would make them with m&m and white chocolate or even butterfinger!!
sumnboutme sumnboutme 10 years
yum! and candy apples too...
skinnyforme skinnyforme 10 years
you know, i never tried a caramel apple. are they actually good?
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 10 years
Definitely going to make these soon. However, I'm not looking forward to cleaning that sticky pot when I'm done... I'll bribe my boyfriend with a caramel apple and make him do it :)
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I told my husband we'd have to make them this weekend. He says that I'm deprived. :)
SugarFreak SugarFreak 10 years
Caramel apples have always been one of my all-time fall favorites. It combines one of my favorite candies with apples. I think if I could put caramel on everything, I WOULD! :)
loveleighdancer loveleighdancer 10 years
there's so much more you can do with them too! There's a Chocolate store by my school here, and they have ones dipped with chocolate and M&Ms put on top!!!! Mmmm soo good!
Molly Molly 10 years
Shhh, don't tell my dentist.
MamaD MamaD 10 years
I Love Love Love caramel apples!!!!!!
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
check 'em out!
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
Good question, veronicaraye. Let's Google! :)
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
Looks so good! Do they make sugar free caramel?
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
I like to make caramel apples with lady apples because they're tiny little cute apples and they make perfect-sized treats!
ImJessica ImJessica 10 years
oh, LOVE these. I haven't had one in sooooo long, I'll have to make one soon. So much work to eat, though.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
oh my god that looks good. i love those little caramel things. i'll need to make a vegan version of them soon when i get a candy thermometer!
mominator mominator 10 years
Oh I love all types of coated apples. There is a shop called the Chocolate Crocodile that sells awesome apples. The snickers and reeses apples are to die for. With fall upon us I am going to have to get some and let the kids make them. ALSW you do not know what you are missing!
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