Oh fall….there are just some things that I really do love about you.  Halloween, hay rides, cooler weather, apple picking or more importantly caramel apples, they are right up top in my book with apple pie.

This was the first year since before my daughter was born that I have made these myself.  I’m truly not so sure why I waited this long….I love making these myself because I get to choose the toppings, and due to my coconut allergy I don’t have to worry about any cross contamination in my kitchen, which for the most part is coconut and nut free.

I choose granny smiths for these, but you really could use any apple you want, granny smith’s are just my daughter favorite, I’m kind of partial to golden delicious and gala myself.

Caramel Apples

So first you are going to want to get all your ingredients together.

12 apples, washed, dried and stems removed

2 bags caramel bits

melting chocolate

sprinkles, mini chocolate chips and toppings of you choice

pastry bags

skewers

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After your apples are washed and dried with the stems removed you are going to want to put the sticks in.  I just cut down some skewers I already had on hand to about 8 inches.

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After that, you are going to want to melt the caramel.

20131006-165227.jpgI just followed the directions on the package by adding 2 tablespoons of water per bag of caramels, constantly mixing until it was nice and smooth.

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Then transfer your caramel into a tall narrow bowl.  I used my 2 cup glass measuring cup, which worked perfectly for dipping the apples.

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Dip each apple into the caramel until the caramel is almost at the top.

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Make sure you give the apple a good shake to get as much of the excess caramel off as you can and then transfer to either wax paper coated with cooking spray or a silicone baking mat if you have one.

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Once all of the apple are dipped in caramel, transfer them into the fridge for a few minutes for the caramel to harden up a bit.  Now you are going to want to prepare your toppings.

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Melt your chocolate, either in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove.  I always use my double boiler because I’ve burnt chocolate one to many times in the microwave.  Put sprinkles and chocolate chips in shallow bowls that will be easy to get the apple into.

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Take your apples out of the fridge and coat them in your toppings.

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