I love the beginning of the school year. The hallway tiles shining with fresh wax; bulletin boards shout their welcome messages; students wearing new outfits, faces shining with possibilities. As a special treat for the teachers, for the first day of school every year I make caramel apples for my colleagues. I don’t just stop at one layer caramel, though. I just keep layering flavors on top of layers–tart, sweet, bittersweet, and salty. It can get expensive and a bit time consuming, but it is definitely worth it!
You might prefer to use a homemade caramel recipe, but I like Brach’s caramels and use their recipe for caramel apples found on the back of the package.
1. Wash and dry apples thoroughly.
2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove stem from each apple; press craft stick into top of each apple. Set aside.
3. Melt caramels according to package directions, using either the double boiler method or microwave.
4. Roll each apple into caramel mixture until well coated; let the excess drip off. I like to leave a ring of apple green showing around the top as a pretty contrast to the caramel. Place onto prepared baking sheet until set. I usually refrigerate the apples for about 30 minutes.
5. While caramel is setting, melt chocolate using double boiler. Once the chocolate is melted and caramel is set, quickly dip apples into prepared chocolate; let the excess drip off. Roll the apples into either chopped pecans or M & M’s. Refrigerate until set.
Since I made these apples as gifts, I packaged them using cellophane and ribbon. So, whether you make these as a special back-to-school or fall treat or just because you have a craving for tart/sweet/salty snack you won’t be disappointed.