I don’t know about you, but I’m always in the mood for something sweet! And one of my favorite treats for fall is caramel apples. They’re a little bit tart, kind of sticky, and a lot of sweet (just like Dewey!) The problem is I had no idea how to make them. So I had Zach show me how – and now he’s showing all of you! (Hint: it’s sooo easy).
Growing up I loved caramel apples, partly because then I could just tell my mom I was healthy and ate an apple (it’s technically not a lie)! This year I decided to make some but wanted to simplify things since making caramel can be a bit of a hassle. So I came up with this recipe using store-bought soft caramels and a bit of heavy cream to give you some delicious treats with minimal work. I also included 3 of my favorite toppings, but feel free to experiment and have fun with it!
6 Green Apples
1 11oz package of soft caramels
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp heavy cream
1 cup chopped popcorn (using a food processor is the easiest way)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Unwrap caramels and put them in a medium saucepan.
- Place over medium-low heat. Add water and cream.
- Simmer until candy is melted and cream blends in, stirring consistently with a wooden or rubber spatula (not metal).
- While that’s simmering remove the stems from the apples and place skewers in the top, about 3/4 of the way through the apple.
- Remove the caramel from the heat. Quickly dip an apple in and roll around until it’s coated leaving just a bit of apple showing at the top.
- Hold over the pot and let excess caramel drip off. Roll in toppings of choice and place on a baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper.
- Once you’ve done all 6 apples place in the refrigerator until cooled and caramel has set, at least 30 minutes.
*You’ll need to work quickly once you remove the caramel from the heat. If it starts to set before you’ve dipped all the apples then place back on low heat for a minute or two to melt the caramel again.