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Making Caramel Apples

Making Caramel Apples

Autumn awakens memories of caramel apples, that special indulgence enjoyed at a country fair. With some coated in nuts and others with bits of candy, choosing between them could be agonizing.

Homemade caramel apples are a delicious way to welcome the fall season, and making them at home is easier than you might imagine. Simply melt the caramel in a double boiler over low heat on the stovetop, or in a bowl in the microwave. Insert a wooden stick into the stem end of each apple, dip the fruit into the caramel, and roll in chopped candies and nuts. That's all there is to it.

For a variety of tastes and colors, try a combination of sweet red and tart green apples. Farm stands and farmers' markets are a great source for unusual heirloom apples, such as the wine-like Baldwin or the fragrant Cox Orange Pippin. Use these heirloom varieties for caramel apples that could only be made in your kitchen.

Useful Equipment

  • Wooden sticks
  • Caramel
  • Roasted peanuts, toffee, Halloween sprinkles
  • Double boiler
  • Wooden spoons for stirring caramel
  • Baking sheet to hold caramel-dipped apples
  • Parchment paper or Silpat nonstick liner to line baking sheet
  • Bowls for holding candies and nuts