Friday, October 18, 2013

Caramel Apples

This year, the apple trees have been loaded with wonderful fruit.  The apples are large and almost perfect-  they are a far cry from the misshapen and wormy blobs from last year.  The children and I have been picking away-  so far we have yielded at least 3 baskets! 

Naturally, the children want to take advantage of this opportunity to convince me caramel apples are a much needed snack! 

Who can blame them?

Not I!

So, I thought I would write an introduction on how we make simple caramel apples.  You can keep your apple old school or indulge your senses with chocolate, candies, cookies, and more drizzled over the sticky coating.  Get creative and enjoy making a mess. 

In my book, Autumn is the best time of year to enjoy a tart apple dripping down your chin!

To make these easy apples you will need:

  • 6-10 small clean apples at room temperature (DO NOT use cold apples-  the caramel won't stick and you will have an epic fail on your hands!)
  • 1 bag wrapped caramels
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • spoon
  • 6-10 popsicle sticks or skewers
  • wax paper/foil lined cookie sheet or pan

Here is how we made several batches of this fall treat:
  • Unwrap the caramel candies.  This is a perfect activity for little hands-  it develops fine motor skills and saves you the hassle of the tedious task.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the caramels and two tablespoons of water.
  • Place a stick in each apple.  I like to let the apple stand and position the stick so it is upright.  Occasionally, the stem is not the true center and you will get "crazy" sticks if you don't adjust for wobbly apples.
  • Use a spoon to scoop caramel over the apples.  You will want an even coating.
  • Take the bottom of the spoon and wipe off the excess caramel at the bottom of the apple.
  • Refrigerate the apples for at least 2 hours.
  • 20 minutes before serving, remove the apples from the fridge and allow them to warm up.
  • Enjoy!

What is your favorite treat during the fall?


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