Scrumptious Caramel Apples for the Fall Season

The best part of the fall, apart from the holidays, is the many treats we get to eat. Sure this time of year always spoils our diets and by February next year, we're all whining about our figure. But that's in February, this is October. Now's the time to enjoy the destruction of our diets. With the autumn season comes fantastic dishes and desserts, that we all should enjoy.

One of my favorite autumnal treats is Caramel Apples! Caramel apples were invented in the 1950s by Dan Walker. He was a sales rep working for Kraft foods. Till this day Kraft foods still prints the recipe for caramel apples on the backs of their caramel bags. The first caramel apple machine was invented in 1960 by Vito Raimondi and revolutionized the art of making these delicious desserts.

Today caramel apples are popularly associated with the fall season and holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. They are also commonly found at fairs and carnivals as they are hot sales items. You can even find these babies at specialty candy stores and apple orchards for sale. Caramel apples are great to hand out to trick-or-treaters at Halloween, display as a festive fall dessert at Thanksgiving, or you can even wrap them in cellophane and tie it up with a pretty bow and give them to your loved ones as Christmas treats!

Since there invention there have been many variations of the caramel apple created. This hub will feature a plain, classic caramel apple recipe and a couple of my favorite variations. I hope you'll consider using them this holiday season!

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Classic Caramel Apples

Prep Time: 8 Min.
Cook Time: 2 Min.
Ready in: 25 Min.
Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 Apples
  • 1 Package of individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 Tbsp of water
  • 1/2 Tsp of vanilla extract
  • Popsicle Sticks

How To Make:

  1. Remove the stem of each apple.
  2. Press a Popsicle stick into the top of each.
  3. Now butter a baking sheet.
  4. Combine the caramels, water and vanilla extract in a microwave safe bowl.
  5. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring once.
  6. Roll each apple in the now melted caramel until well coated. Do this quickly so the caramel doesn't harden.
  7. Place the apples on a prepared sheet to set.

Sweet & Salty Caramel Apples

Total prep and cook time is about the same as the recipe above, maybe a few minutes extra to accommodate the melting of the chocolate and drizzling on the apples.
Serves
: 8

Ingredients:

  • 6 Apples
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • 1 Package of individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 Tbsp of water
  • 1/2 Tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of coarse sea salt
  • 1 Cup of semisweet chocolate chips

How To Make:

  1. Remove the stems from the apples.
  2. Put a Popsicle stick into each apple about 3/4 of the way down.
  3. Place apples on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil, slightly greased.
  4. Now combine caramels and water in a saucepan and put it over a low heat.
  5. Stir often until the caramel melts and is smooth.
  6. Stir in the vanilla.
  7. Dip each apple into the caramel and then place them on the aluminum foil.
  8. Sprinkle the coarse sea salt on them very lightly.
  9. Now chill them.
  10. Meanwhile, put the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl.
  11. Place in microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  12. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the apples.
  13. Return the apples to the refrigerator until they're meant to be served.

Cherry Almond Caramel Apples

Again total prep and cook times should be about the same as the other two recipes, give or take few minutes for any extra steps.
Serves
: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 Apples
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • 1 Cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Package of individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 Tbsp of water
  • 1/2 Tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups of dried cherries
  • 1 cup of almonds, sliced

How To Make:

  1. Remove the stems from the apples.
  2. Put the Popsicle sticks 3/4 of the way into each apple.
  3. Put each apple on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil, slightly greased.
  4. Put the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl.
  5. Now heat them in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each until melted and smooth.
  6. While melting the chocolate, combine the caramels and water into a saucepan and place it over a low heat.
  7. Stir often until melted and smooth, then stir in the vanilla extract.
  8. Combine the cherries and almonds on a flat surface.
  9. Dip each apple into the caramel.
  10. Roll the apples in the mixture of cherries and almonds.
  11. Place on the aluminum covered cookie sheet.
  12. Finally drizzle the chocolate over the apples.
  13. Refrigerate the apples until they're meant to be served.

Feel free to mix and match these recipes. Enjoy your apples and enjoy the fall season!


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plinka 5 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

Hi, these recipes sound really good! Voted up and shared!


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Pinka... Thanks for reading and voting! :)


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Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

Yum. I like a little salt with my caramel, personally, but you've got something for everyone!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Great, great recipes. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, up and away!


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Maddie... I'm glad to hear that. I wanted to put something for everyone. Thanks for commenting! :)

@Dexter... Thanks for reading and voting! :)


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PeanutButterWine 5 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Awesome! These look so much better than the ones I made from the package with the circular 'wrap' of caramel... I can't wait to try making these! Great Hub, mmmm caramel *the picture is Mouth Watering


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@PeanutButterWine... Hope you enjoy them. I love caramel apples, but didn't like the store bought kit either. Thanks for reading my hub! :)


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I love caramel apples! This is a great hub. Thanks for writing it. I will definitely try the recipes this holiday season.

UP and Awesome!


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York Author

@Phyllis... I'm so glad you like the recipes. Thanks for reading and voting :)

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