For a chocolate-dipped variation, put 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips into a heatproof bowl and place over but not touching barely simmering water in a saucepan. Heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Dip each apple into the caramel as directed below, letting the excess drip off, and then into the chocolate, coating only the bottom half. Or, drizzle the chocolate over the apple, letting it drip down the sides.
- 2 bags (each 14 oz.) caramels
- 1/4 cup water
- 8 small apples
Insert a Popsicle stick or lollipop stick into the stem end of each apple. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Dip an apple into the caramel, coating it completely and letting the excess drip back into the pan, and place on the waxed paper. Repeat with the remaining apples, using a spoon to scoop caramel onto the sides of the apples. Let stand on the prepared baking sheet until the caramel has set, about 10 minutes.
Eat the caramel apples immediately, or wrap individually in waxed paper and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before serving. Makes 8 caramel apples.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Kids Parties, by Lisa Atwood (Oxmoor House, 2008).