Well, Autumn is officially here. I can see the leaves are starting to change color and apples abound at the local farmer's markets. I decided it was time to make some caramel apples...or better yet, chocolate caramel apples!
These are delicious and so fun to make with the kiddies. I could get all fancy and make my own caramel, but honestly, Kraft does a pretty darn good job. So, grab a bag or two of caramels (the sticks are usually included), some good quality chocolate, some of your favorite apples (I like to use a nice, firm variety with a hint of tartness to offset all that sweetness), and some sprinkles.
Your apples should be at room temperature. Wash and dry your apples very well. Remove the stems and Insert the sticks firmly into the apples. Dip your apples in the caramel according to the directions of the package (the microwave makes this super easy) and set aside to dry on some parchment paper. When the caramel has set up, dip or drizzle the apples with the melted chocolate....and quickly add some sprinkles before it hardens. Allow to set up completely.
A few tips: Try to use organic apples or those from the farmer's market. The ones in the supermarket often have wax on them that will interfere with the adhesion of the caramel. Also, after dipping in the chocolate, you can put the apples in the fridge for a few minutes to help the chocolate set up quicker.
For fun, I like to put mine in cello bags and tie them with come ribbons made from vintage fabric!