Cheat Recipe for Caramel Apples

Do you like caramel apples? I love them… in the sense that I love the way they look and smell and they remind me of fall. I love the reds, yellows and greens of the apples buried beneath the caramel. It makes it feel like Fall. When I think of caramel apples, it reminds me of the Fall carnival that my friend’s church would have every October. You could win prizes at the games, and two of the prizes were caramel apples and popcorn balls. And all I remember is that they both felt impossible to eat, and made my jaw hurt trying!!! LOL. But then I grew up and learned to cut the caramel apple into slices before trying to eat it, and to avoid popcorn balls all together! So now, my kids love sliced caramel apples and their jaws thank me! HA! Maybe yours will too! Your mouth will also thank me for this tasty and suuuuper easy recipe!

This simple “cheat” recipe for caramel apples will make it fun and easy for you to make this seasonal treat with your littles! You only need two simple ingredients! To make this Fall treat you will need:

  • Wooden dowels
  • Apples (you can choose which type, just make sure they are firm)
  • Chewy caramels (not the hard kind!)

Begin by removing the apple stem. This will make it easier to push the dowel in later. Wash your apples well. Dry them thoroughly afterwards. Stick the dowel through the center of the apple (where the stem was).

Pour out the caramels from your bag. I used approximately 30 caramels to cover 2 apples. Unwrap each caramel and place them in your pot. After you have unwrapped all of them, put your pot on the stove on medium-low heat and add a tablespoon of water. Mix the caramel steadily with a wooden spoon. Be careful to keep an eye on it because it will burn! It needs to be stirred constantly until the caramel is completely melted.

Once the caramel is completely melted. Dip the bottom of your apple into the caramel rotating it as you go. I found it easier to tip my pot, so that the caramel was all on one side. The caramel hardens quickly!! So, if you are going to add toppings, like these fun candy google eyes, make sure you do it right away. My daughter tried to decorate our second apple with chocolate sprinkles. It was a tasty, but humorous mess. Our monster apple turned out much cuter!!

Enjoy and Happy Fall y’all!

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