You know those big, juicy caramel apples you can buy at fancy shops around this time of the year? Those things can run anywhere from $5 - $15 apiece and you can make something just as beautiful and delicious at home.
Let's gather our ingredients-
Choose 8 big, perfect Granny Smiths (I love the Costco Grannies in that plastic bubble container for this project):
About 40 Caramels (If you use this one, they include the sticks! Bonus!)
8 Popsicle Sticks
Semi-Sweet and White Chocolate Chips
An assortment of chopped nuts, mini-chips, mini-M&M's, sprinkles, Heath bars, etc...
Melt your caramels in a pan with 4 Tbsp. of water,stirring until smooth (this is the most frustrating part).
Meanwhile, jam the blunt Popsicle sticks into the hard apple creating a sore palm and some swearing. I think the swearing actually helps the stick penetrate the apple. I don't know, I've never made these without swearing.
Prepare a cookie sheet covered with buttered plastic wrap. Arrange 8 little piles of whatever little goodies you chose (m&m's, nuts, sprinkles...). You will be setting the wet caramel apples on top of each pile to add another layer of goodness.
Once the caramels are melted, hold the apples by the stick and dip and twist your apple until it's coated. I like to tip the pan to make the caramel deeper. Continue to twirl the apple on the way up and over to the cookie sheet, and set it down on a pile of nuts, or m&m's or chocolate chips, or whatever else you dreamed up. You can kind of roll it around to embed the goodies into the caramel.
Repeat until all the apples are coated and nested in goodies. Let cool and set up.
Next, melt each of the chocolate and white chips, then place melted chocolate into two separate Ziploc baggies. Cut off the corner and squeeze each one over the caramel, nutty goodness in a messy criss cross fashion, just load it up!
See how pretty?
Get some crinkly cello wrap and a ribbon and you've got a teacher's gift to send along before Thanksgiving break. An apple for the teacher can never steer you wrong!
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Great it is 7:50 AM and I want a yummy caramel apple. Thank goodness I don't have the ingredients on hand :) Looks great and such a good idea for teachers. Hopefully I will remember that in a couple of years when the boys start kindergarten OR maybe I will conveniently share this post with my husbands students :) YUM!ReplyDelete
These look delish and you make it sound easy. I'd have no problem with the swearing part, either!!! lol.ReplyDelete
It really is a fabulous idea for teachers, as well as friends for the holidays...
I love caramel apples. Great idea to give them to teachers....never thought of that!ReplyDelete
oh my! Those do look yummy! Stopping by from SITS to say hi and now I'm hungry. LOLReplyDelete
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Oh those look delicious! What a fun project when you have a boat load of kids to entertain. (Or adults for that matter.) ;)ReplyDelete
Those look totally awesome and I bet my Babu Girl would have a fun time helping.ReplyDelete
I want some! Send me some! Hmmm. i have apples. Caramels are cheap... i have chocoate...hmmmm. Maybe I could make some....ReplyDelete
OK I just gained 5 lbs looking at your post.ReplyDelete
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OMG those look DELICIOUS AND OH SO YUMMY! Thanks for the recipe! :o)ReplyDelete
oh my.....they look yummy and pleasing to the eye also!!!!! great gift idea!!!ReplyDelete
Jen, wow, I'm normally not a huge caramel fan, but admittedly, those do look good.ReplyDelete
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Those look too good to eat!ReplyDelete
Those look so very Yummy!ReplyDelete
I LOOOOVE caramel apples. I am going to make these and wrap them as little gifts at each place setting for Thanksgiving dinner. Won't my guests love it!! Thanks for a great recipe/idea :)ReplyDelete
Oh that looks yummy! That is a very neat gift idea.ReplyDelete
You did an awesome job! All fall I've been toying with the idea of making these and I always wimp out and buy them already made. I think you inspired me to give it a whirl (literally and figuratively!)ReplyDelete
Those look amazing! And yes, everyone...give them to your teachers! Especially if any of my parents are reading! This teacher wants one! :)ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness...they look soooo incredibly yummy! (And since they are apples, they are somewhat healthy too!)ReplyDelete
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