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Easy Caramel Apples

Easy Caramel Apples

 I have struggled with making caramel apples for years, actually decades. I do not like to bite into it and have the caramel peeling off, and finding it is thick and hard.
Nor do I like it when the caramel all runs off the apple either. I want a nice layer of soft, yummy caramel covering the apple, and this is it!
I’ll show you how you can make AMAZING Caramel Apples too in easy to follow tutorial.

Successful AND Easy Caramel Apples
5-6 medium apples Craft sticks or wooden round sticks (usually found in the candy making section)
1 package 12-14 oz. wrapped caramel squares
1 Tbl. water 1 tsp. vanilla  
Toppings of your choice.

Suggestions:  crushed graham crackers, chopped nuts such as peanuts, small candies, chocolate chips or buttons: white, milk and dark if desired. 

PREPARE AHEAD  and read entire recipe before beginning.
Wash your apples, rubbing them with a clean cloth to get off the waxy residue. This is VERY IMPORTANT!Easy Caramel Apples 2Push the sticks into your apples, place in a cake pan or flat bottomed container and put in the freezer for 30 minutes. CRITICAL step!
Why? Because the cold apple helps the caramel coat perfectly and set up since the apple will be cold and the caramel warm.
Now, when the apples are nice and cold (not longer then 30-40 minutes though or you will have frozen apple pops!) line a cookie sheet, pan or plate large enough to hold the apples with tin foil and coat well with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. This will prevent the caramel from sticking so you can lift it to dip in chocolate or to eat. Easy Caramel Apples 3When the apples have been in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes (remember not longer), begin making the caramel coating.
Unwrap the caramels and place in a saucepan.
Add in the water and vanilla. Easy Caramel Apples 4Over medium heat, stir constantly until the caramels are completely melted.Easy Caramel Apples 5

Taking one apple at a time, roll it in the melted caramel sauce, using a spoon or spatula to help cover the apple.Easy Caramel Apples 6Twirl the apple, turning upside down to allow the caramel to distribute evenly and coat evenly.Easy Caramel Apples 7If you want to dip your apple in coatings now, instead of dipping in melted chocolate, this is the time to do it.Easy Caramel Apples 8

Coat all the apples in caramel and place them in the refrigerator to chill and set up while melting the chocolate. 
To melt the chocolate, whether using chips or buttons, place in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Easy Caramel Apples 9Microwave again for 20 seconds, stir and continue this process until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Be careful to cook in small intervals and stirring to prevent burning chocolate.Easy Caramel Apples 10Take the apples out of the fridge.
BIG TRICK AND IMPORTANT! Spray your hand with cooking spray. Easy Caramel Apples 11Mold the caramel back up onto the apple smoothing as needed. Easy Caramel Apples 12
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After molding any caramel that needs to be, now dip the caramel apple into the white/ dark or milk chocolate (you want the chocolate warm, but not hot so it can coat and set up).
You can coat it completely, or just the bottom, whatever your heart desires. Easy Caramel Apples 14
Easy Caramel Apples 15 Dip into any of the coatings you choose.
Set the apples back onto the sprayed tin foil to help it setup while you finish all the apples.
With any excess chocolate (melt more if needed) have at just warm enough temperature to be smooth and creamy, but not so warm it will not stay on the apple when piped.
Spoon the chocolate into a small ziplock baggie and cut the very tip off at the corner.
Now you can easily pipe the chocolate onto the top of the apples.Easy Caramel Apples 16
 Place these apples into the fridge for at least 20 minutes, but they can stay for up to 3 days. Easy Caramel Apples 17 Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2014
Adapted from JamieCooksItUp
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