Gourmet Caramel Apples

Recipe by gailanng
READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 5
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 5
    wooden craft sticks
  • 1
    (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 2
    tablespoons water or 2 tablespoons milk
  • 7
    ounces chocolate candy bars, broken into pieces
  • 2
    tablespoons shortening, divided
  • 1
    cup candy coating, melts
  • Skor English toffee bit, salted peanuts, mini chocolate chips, mini M&M, etc., chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Using a slotted spoon dip apples into boiling water briefly (about 3-5 seconds; no longer) to remove any wax that may be present. Wipe dry, and set aside to cool. Insert sticks into the apples through the cores. It's imperative the apples are dry.
  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and coat with cooking spray. Silpat mats work great and need no prep. Place the unwrapped caramels into a microwave-safe medium bowl along with 2 tablespoons of water. Cook on high for 2 minutes, then stir and continue cooking and stirring at 1 minute intervals until caramel is melted and smooth.
  • Hold apples by the stick and dip into the caramel to coat. Wipe excess from bottom to prevent puddling. Set on waxed paper; refrigerate for about 15 minutes to set.
  • Heat the chocolate with 1 tablespoon of shortening in a microwave-safe bowl until melted and smooth. Dip apples into the chocolate to cover the layer of caramel. Return to the waxed paper to set.
  • Melt the candy melts in the microwave with the remaining 1 tablespoon shortening, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Using a fork or wooden stick, drizzle designs onto your apples for a finishing touch. Sprinkle with optional ingredients, if desired. Refrigerate until set or overnight.