By Aimee Serafin

 

A super easy and fun recipe for young kids to make in the fall is caramel apples. With the harvest of apples ripe for the picking, this recipe takes only minutes and uses store bought caramel candies and toppings for an easy dessert. Choose apples that have a firm flesh and will stand up to being poked with a Popsicle or candy stick. Granny Smith apples tend to balance the sweetness with a crisp sour note next to the caramel and extra crunchy toppings.

You will need:

2 bags of caramels, unwrapped

8 apples such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Pink Lady

Candy toppings– mini M&Ms, crushed Oreos, chopped pecans or walnuts, chopped candy bars, multi-colored sprinkles, melted chocolates or your favorite crushed cinnamon cereal.

Popsicle or candy sticks (you can find these at Michael’s in the candy-making section)

 

Preparation

  1. Wash and dry the apples.
  2. Place the Popsicle sticks in the top of the apple about 2-3 inches under the skin.
  3. Place your candy toppings in separate shallow paper plates or bowls.
  4. Set out flat baking sheets lined with wax or parchment paper.

 

Melt Candies

  1. Lightly spray a microwave-proof glass bowl with cooking spray. Put unwrapped candies in the bowl.
  2. Add 2 tablespoon of heavy cream or water to the caramel candies in the bowl.
  3. Microwave on high for 1 minutes, stirring consistently*. Continue to microwave in increments of 15-30 seconds until caramels are completely smooth.

*Make sure to stir every 5- 10 seconds so the caramels don’t get too hot and start to get gummy. Wear oven mitts when removing the hot bowl from the microwave.

 

Dip and Coat

  1. Working quickly* roll apples in the melted caramel, covering just within an inch around the Popsicle sticks. Use a spoon to help coat the base of the apples or any place the caramel doesn’t adhere.
  2. Dip immediately into the candy toppings.
  3. Once coated, place apples on baking sheets lined with paper and refrigerate until set. This prevents caramel from running and sticking to hands while eating the apples.

*If caramel mixture starts to cool, place it in the microwave to loosen it up and continue covering the apples.

 

Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.