DIY Caramel Apples…An In Season Recipe From Sweet Basil

Who knew it could be so easy to make these delicious Fall carnival treats at home?!?

Easy DIY Milk Chocolate & Caramel Apples
Easy DIY Milk Chocolate & Caramel Apples

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (14 oz.) pkg. caramel candies, unwrapped; OR, 1 (11 oz.) pkg. caramel bits (or try this Homemade Caramel recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 5 to 6 medium apples
  • 5 to 6 popsicle or craft sticks
  • chopped nuts, cookies, or candies (if desired)
DIRECTIONS
Wash apples, dry thoroughly, remove stems, insert sticks in stem end, and refrigerate. Put caramel bits or candies in medium microwave-safe bowl, add water, microwave on high for approx. 3 minutes until melted. Stop at 1 minute intervals to stir.* Place each apple into bowl of melted caramel, swirl around until coated, using a spoon to cover apple. Remove apple from caramel and let excess drip off, scraping excess from bottom with spoon. If desired, roll coated apple in chopped nuts, cookies, or candies. Press in with hands to help them set in the caramel. Place on parchment paper and return to fridge to chill and set. If desired, drizzle chilled apples with melted chocolate. Return to fridge. Or, wrap each caramel apple in an individual bag, tie it, and store at room temperature. They will keep for several days.

STORING:
Store your finished apples uncovered in the fridge. Or, you can wrap each of them individually in cellophane bags. Place each apple in a cupcake paper or on a piece of parchment paper to keep from sticking to the bottom of the bag. The apples will keep several days in bags at room temperature.
caramel+apples91 Topped Caramel Apples
TOPPING IDEAS: 
Allow caramel coated apple to cool, while heating the chocolate chips. By the time the chocolate is melted and ready, the caramel coated apple is ready for it!
  • Crushed Oreos with white chocolate chips – Cookies and Cream
  • Crushed Oreos with milk chocolate chips – Cookie Fudge
  • Crushed Butterfingers – Candy Bar Apple
  • Chopped nuts, such as pecans, almonds or peanuts – Nutty
  • Sliced or chopped almonds and poppy seeds with white chocolate – Almond Poppyseed
  • Chopped dried cranberries & chopped walnuts or pecans with white chocolate chips – Christmas Apple
  • Sprinkles – Every Kids Favorite
  • Crushed graham crackers or graham cracker pie crust & a little cinnamon & nutmeg with white chocolate chips – Apple Pie
  • Crushed sugar cones or waffle cones with white chocolate chips – Ice Cream Apple
  • Chopped mini marshmallows & optional chopped nuts with milk chocolate chips – Rocky Road
  • Crushed pretzels – Salted Caramel
  • Crushed shortbread with milk chocolate chips – The Twix
  • Crushed lavender & vanilla bean with white chocolate chips – The Gourmet
  • …or whatever else you can come up with.

Enjoy!

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Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart, and posted by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Photos and ideas courtesy of allrecipes.com and Cooking Classy. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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