October 8, 2017

Candy Caramel Apple Slices

The other day I saw a poll on Instragram and you had to pick if you prefer apple or pumpkin.  Guess what was winning?  Apple.  Yes, apple was winning by a lot.  I couldn't believe it because I am a pumpkin girl all the way.  I do, however, love fresh apples.
Between my house and my parents house we have 7 apple trees.  That is a lot of apples to try and eat and use up.  I am not a huge fan of cooked apples, so I usually stick to plain apples, apple dip, caramel apple salad and anything that involves using fresh, un-cooked apples.

So, today, I am sharing a super easy and really really yummy treat.  Have you ever bought a gourmet caramel apple?  They are super expensive, plus it's a little hard to cut into them and once you slice it you have to eat it right away before the apple slices turn brown.  That is why you totally should make these Caramel Apple Slices instead.  They are so easy to make and so easy to eat.
All you have to do is slice apples, stick a popsicle stick in each slice, dip in melted chocolate, then drizzle with melted white chocolate and caramel and top with candy.  Kids love doing this kind of stuff.  I made these two days in a row and my 4 year old nephew was eager to help each time.

Perfect, single serving, ready to eat whenever you want. 
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Candy Caramel Apple Slices
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe)

popsicle sticks
3-4 med-large apples (I used a combo of green and red)
1 (11.5 oz.) bag chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate)
1 Tbl. shortening or coconut oil
1/2 c. caramel bits
1/2 c. white chocolate chips
Around 1- 1 1/2 cups of crushed candy

Optional Candy:
chocolate toffee bits
chopped white chocolate pretzels
crushed OREOS
chopped candy bars

Wash and dry the apples very well.  Water does not work well with melted chocolate, so make sure they are very dry.  Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds until mixture is smooth and creamy (It's easiest for me to melt half of the chocolate and shortening and spread on the apples and then melt the other half).  

Place un-peeled apples upright on a cutting board and cut into 1/2'' slices.  You should get two slices on each side of the core.  Then you can cut the ends of the core and end up with two small wedges.  You should end up with around four larger slices and two small wedges per apple.  Or, you can really slice the apple however you prefer.  Using a paring knife, make a small cut onto the bottom of each apple slice and insert a popsicle stick.  

Spread melted chocolate over each apple slice, making sure to cover the exposed apple completely.  It doesn't have to look perfect, because once you add the toppings you can't even tell.  Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, about 15 minutes.  Don't skip the parchment or the apples will really stick to the pan.  When chocolate has hardened, remove apples from refrigerator.  

Melt the caramel bits according to package directions, you will need to add a small amount of water and melt the white chocolate chips in a separate small dish in the microwave.  Then, drizzle both over each apple slice.  Immediately top with candy of choice.  You want to do this pretty quickly before the white chocolate and caramel harden.  Then, refrigerate until set and serve.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator.  Best if eaten within 1-2 days.  



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