Thursday, September 9, 2010

Deluxe Caramel Apples

Yum.  I love fall, and I've always loved really good caramel apples.  Did you know you can buy these from Williams-Sonoma and other Gourmet shops for $20 an apple?  Or, you can make some yourself like I did today for only $2.57 each!  Click on " Read more" below for the recipe and tutorial.  These make great gifts. (wrap one in a cellophane sleeve from hobby lobby and tie with a cute ribbon) 

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Williams-Sonoma sells them without the stick, which you can certainly do.  If you want a big fat stick though, I recommend this package from Walmart for 97 cents.  (Just use the 4 or so fat ones, not the skinny ones)

Here is the recipe for Deluxe Caramel Apples

6  Red Delicious or Granny Smith apples, chilled  (I used 3 HUGE "HoneyCrisp" apples)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (6 oz.) (opt.)
14 oz. individually wrapped caramels - have your kids unwrap them!
3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips

1. Wash and dry apples.  Insert stick into stem end of each apple about 3/4 way deep.  (You may have to twist, and then pound the stick a little with the flat end of a meat tenderizer depending on how hard your apples are!)



Place pecans in a pile on a 12 inch sheet of  wax paper.

Line cooke sheet with waxed paper.

2.  In 1 -quart saucepan, melt caramels with 1 Tbsp. milk and 1 Tbsp. water. over low heat, stirring frequently.  Remove saucepan from heat.

3.  Holding one apple at a time, quickly spoon (a big spoon)  the caramel all around the top of the apple (leaving a little of the apple to peek through), then the sides, and the bottom to coat completely.  (If caramel mixture begins to harden, warm again over low heat.) 

Roll in pecans, pressing pecans lightly into caramel. (I would then turn it upside down for a minute to keep the pecans from sliding).   Transfer to cookie sheet and stick in fridge for 15 minutes

4. Put choc. chips in a small microwavable bowl and microwave on 50% power about 1 minute or until chocolates melt.  Stir until smooth.

5. Snip a tiny bit off the corner of a disposable decorating bag, OR a ziploc bag.  Fill with chocolate, close and twist the top, and decorate "loops" around the top of the apple.  You can keep adding more loops if you want it really fancy.


6. Refrigerate 15 minutes to allow chocolate to set.  Loosely cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.  Let apples thaw at room temp for 15 minutes to soften caramel before cutting into wedges to serve.

OH YEAH! Remember the rug on my landing?  It is on sale at walmart for $21 instead of $25!

Have a great day!


  1. What an awesome blog you have!! I really like it! I LOVE carmel apples, and it's the perfect time of year for them!

  2. They have orchards here on campus that students can pick whatever apples they want for .50 lb, and since hubby is working there, I get to go. Why am I telling you this? Because they have honey crip apples and they too are my favorite. I think I might have to visit the orchard next week. And make some carmel. Love the big sticks too.


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