Friday, October 4, 2013

Apple Pie Caramel Apples

Nothing brings back childhood food memories like a Caramel Apple! Do you remember how exciting it was to receive one of these delicious, sticky, crunchy treats? I sure do. A fall favorite, caramel apples always show up around this time of year. The gourmet caramel apples can be so beautiful (and fancy) with all the different toppings, drizzles, etc... I always just 'oooh' and 'ahhh' at them in the stores rather than consume them. But recently I discovered that these gorgeous, gourmet caramel apples are actually super easy to make!

After reading up on some "caramel apple advice" on, my mom and I decided to make another attempt at this nostalgic, fall treat... as neither of us had had much success making them over the years. So with a few new tips to try, we set to work on our first-ever batch of Apple Pie Caramel Apples...

Not only was making these Apple Pie Caramel Apples easy, it was also a really fun food project to do with another person (would be great to do with kids)! And the best part, the resulting caramel apples were amazing and beautiful... the cinnamon and sugar topping combined with fresh green apple, rich caramel, and sweet white chocolate really does remind you of an apple pie!

Apple Pie Caramel Apples

1 dozen small Granny Smith (or Gala) apples
2 bags Kraft Caramel Bits
1/4 cup water
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 tbsp. shortening
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. cinnamon

12 sticks
parchment or wax paper

Wash and dry apples. Push sticks through top of apple, then scour bottom half of each apple lightly with a clean, rough bristled sponge (this will help caramel adhere to skin of apple).

In a medium saucepan, heat 2 bags of caramel bits and 1/4 cup water over low-medium heat until melted; stirring constantly.

Dip each apple into caramel, covering about 3/4 of the way up. Let excess caramel drip off and back into the saucepan - using a swirling, rolling action while dipping will help even out the caramel on the apple.  

Hold each apple upside down for a few seconds before placing on a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Make sure to place the dipped apples far enough apart so they do not bump into each other and stick together!!!

Place caramel covered apples in the refrigerator to cool (about 5-10 min.).

In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.

In a double boiler over medium heat, melt white chocolate chips; stirring constantly. Add in shortening to thin out chocolate if needed. Be careful not to over-stir and break chocolate.

Take caramel apples out of refrigerator and dip each apple, one by one, into white chocolate covering the caramel about 1/2 the way up.

Sprinkle white chocolate covering on apple with the cinnamon-sugar mixture (generously). Place apples back on the wax or parchment lined tray (I would change out the wax/parchment paper from the caramel dipping to new paper).

Place covered apples back in refrigerator until chocolate hardens completely.

These beautiful caramel apples could be wrapped up in cello bags and given away as gifts... or just enjoyed by you and your family!

SO EASY, SO PRETTY.... and SO YUMMY!!!! Seriously, these Apple Pie Caramel Apples are just as beautiful as the gourmet caramel apples you see in the store. The combination of sweet and tart, chewy and crunchy will make everyone happy. 

Ahhhh, more of the food goodness of fall.... I love it.


1 comment:

  1. Definately a two man (or woman), in this case, project! Good times!