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Indulgent Caramel Apples

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Indulgent Caramel Apples

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  • Makes: 6 to 8 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Chill 30 mins
  • Stand 25 mins

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Ingredients

  • 6 -8 small red and/or green tart apples, such as Granny Smith, Macintosh or Jonathan
  • 6 -8 wooden craft or popsicle sticks
  • 2 cups assorted toppings, such as coarsely chopped mixed nuts, pistachios, peanuts, almonds or cashews; coconut, toasted; candy-coated milk chocolate pieces; candy-coated peanut butter-flavored pieces; miniature semisweet chocolate pieces; tiny marshmallows; ready-to-eat sweetened cereal; granola; dried fruit bits; shelled pumpkin seeds; toffee bits; cocoa nibs; and/or decorative sprinkles
  • 1 14 - ounce package vanilla caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream, half-and-half or light cream
  • 2/3 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate pieces (3 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk chocolate pieces (3 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • 2/3 cup white baking pieces (3 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with foil; coat foil with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Wash apples, pat dry. Remove stems. Insert wooden sticks into stem end of each apple; set aside. Place apples on prepared baking sheet. Place assorted toppings in separate shallow dishes or pie plates.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine caramels and whipping cream. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until caramels are completely melted, stirring constantly. Turn heat to low. Working quickly, dip the bottom half of each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat. Allow excess caramel mixture to drip off.
  4. Immediately dip bottoms of apples in assorted toppings, sprinkling some toppings onto sides of apples. (Heat caramel again over low heat if it becomes too thick to easily coat apples.))Place apples, coated side down, on prepared baking sheet. Let stand about 25 minutes or until set.
  5. In a small saucepan, stir semisweet chocolate pieces and the 2 teaspoons shortening over low heat until melted. Transfer to a small resealable plastic bag. Seal and snip off a tiny corner. Drizzle by zigzagging the chocolate over stem end of apples allowing excess chocolate to drip down sides of apples. Chill 10 minutes to set.
  6. In a small saucepan, stir milk chocolate pieces and the 2 teaspoons shortening over low heat until melted. Drizzle over apples as directed above. Chill 10 minutes to set.
  7. In a small saucepan, stir white chocolate pieces and the 2 teaspoons shortening over low heat until melted. Drizzle over apples as directed above. Chill 10 minutes to set. Store in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Tip

  • Apples may have a waxy coating on them that keeps the caramel from sticking. Dipping your apples in boiling water for about 10 seconds will melt that waxy residue and the caramel sticks to the apple. After dipping in the water, wipe dry with a paper towel.

Nutrition Facts

(Indulgent Caramel Apples )

Servings Per Recipe 6, sodium (mg) 424, calcium (mg) 343, pro. (g) 13, iron (mg) 2, fiber (g) 8, sugar (g) 76, cal. (kcal) 90, vit. A (IU) 146, chol. (mg) 12, Thiamin (mg) 0, Trans fatty acid (g) 1, sat. fat (g) 25, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Monosaturated fat (g) 19, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 8, vit. C (mg) 6, Folate (µg) 48, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Niacin (mg) 3, carb. (g) 109, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 58, Potassium (mg) 479

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