I just made these yummy caramel apples as gifts for some friends. My son's eyes nearly popped out when he saw them. They are a great gift that wont break the bank and in my opinion, the best kind of gifts are the ones you can eat. I think they are especially nice in the fall since you can get the best apples now.
Simple caramel apples are very straight forward:
- Wash and dry your apples thoroughly
- Melt caramel in a sauce pan with a tablespoon of water, stir often (I burnt mine a little which you can see, but you can't taste those little dark marks...plus I then covered them with chocolate so it really didn't matter
- Remove caramel from heat and dip (reheat if caramel becomes too thick)
- Place caramel apples on parchment paper and allow to cool
Bags of caramel often come with the popsicle sticks. Since these are gifts, I wanted to make them a little nicer so I purchase round wood candy apple sticks at a candy making store. After dipping the apples in caramel I then drizzled them with milk chocolate melting chocolate. I melted the chocolate in a one cup glass measuring cup with a spout. The spout allows you to get the thin drizzle. It works best if you hold the measuring cup about a foot away from the apple when drizzling since it gives you a thinner stream of chocolate. While the chocolate was still wet I sprinkled the apples with crushed butterfinger bar. I put them in fridge to cool and then drizzled them a second time with white chocolate. Refrigerating them causes the chocolate to get a nice shinny surface. If you let them cool on the counter the chocolate may appear dull when it hardens.
I think four layers (caramel, milk chocolate, butterfinger, white chocolate) makes for a nice visual effect, but you could use any number of layers with any kind of candy of nuts.