The tart, crispy apple is the antithesis of the sweet, chewy caramel, and that's what makes caramel apples so delicious. Each bite is worth the effort of making these delicious treats. Best of all, they're super easy to make! If you have trouble biting the apples whole, try cutting the apples into slices and dipping them in caramel.
1 lb caramel (commercial block or homemade)
5 Granny Smith apples (or other tart, crispy apple)
5 lollipop / Popsicle sticks (or any wooden craft sticks)
Ideas for covering the caramel (possibilities are endless!):
chopped almonds (roasted)
- In a heat proof bowl, microwave the caramel slowly (stirring & checking every 30 seconds or so). Heat until desired consistency. The more liquid (or hot) the caramel, the thinner the layer of caramel when you dip the apples.
- While the caramel is heating, attach the sticks to the apples by removing the stems and inserting the sticks in the center where the stem used to be. This may require some force, so be careful.
- When the caramel is ready, dip each apple and lay the apples on a Silpat or parchment paper. If you want to cover the caramel with nuts or chocolate, you may do so immediately after dipping.
- Allow the apple and caramel to cool and set on the Silpats for about 30 minutes.
- If you're not eating the apples immediately, you can cover the dipped apples in clear cellophane and tie with ribbon for caramel apples to go!