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Halloween recipes: Spooktacular caramel apples

Spooktacular caramel apples
Spooktacular caramel applesphoto by Lisa Patrin

Making caramel apples is a fabulous fall activity and a perfect way to get your kids involved in dessert creation this Halloween. Have an adult do the melting of the caramel and dipping of the apples if the kids are very young but the decoration step is anyones game. I view the caramel as a blank palette, use whatever you like to embellish and sweeten that outer layer. We eat with our eyes first so make it look spooktacular!

Spooktacular caramel apples

Ingredients

  • 6 wooden craft sticks
  • 6 medium size Gala apples*
  • One 11 ounce bag of Kraft premium caramel bits**
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • Assorted toppings: Halloween candies, sprinkles, pecans, crushed Halloween themed oreo's, colored writing gel
  • Optional: decorative ribbons to tie to the sticks

Preparation

  1. Insert craft sticks into the tops of the apples. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place caramel bits in a medium saucepan along with water and heat over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until melted. Dip apples into the melted caramel, twist and roll apples over the pan to remove excess. Set dipped apples on the prepared baking sheet. Cool completely before decorating.
  3. Melt semisweet chocolate in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring frequently until melted. Set aside. Repeat the process with the white chocolate chips.
  4. Drizzle the melted chocolates decoratively over the apples and sprinkle with toppings of choice

*cooks tip: Drop the apples into boiling water for just a few seconds, dry completely and allow to cool before inserting sticks and dipping in caramel. This helps to remove excess wax that may prevent the caramel from sticking.

** These Kraft caramel bits are a genius creation ~ they eliminate the timely and cumbersome task of unwrapping each individual caramel. Just pour the caramel bits in the pan, add water and heat.

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