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Today I am sharing a few recipes on how to make a variety of candy apples! I miss that old favorite from Halloween as a child. Seeing those gooey red ones reminds me of spooky Halloween nights from years ago. Our neighbors used to make a huge batch of candy apples, enough for an army. They were so awesome to me as a kid.
Now I’m in love with the apples you can get at the mall, candy or grocery stores. The ones that are huge and dipped in chocolate with nuts. I am sharing three recipes to make the yummy chocolate dipped ones, caramel, and the original red candy kind.
Let’s start with traditional Candy Apple Recipes.
There are a couple of important things you need to know before starting on this adventure.
Use a candy thermometer! You will need it, otherwise, you will not know when the candy is ready to go on the apple. Wash your apples, then dry them using paper towels, rub them vigorously, this helps remove the wax so your candy will stick. I figured that one out the hard way.
Caramel Candy Apples
When adding your caramels ~ and yes, unwrapping each one of the caramels takes forever, with the 2 tablespoons of water, you must keep an eye on the caramels, they will burn very easily. Stir them constantly while they are melting.
I ended up having to spoon the caramel over my apples which ended up being a huge bummer. I just could not get the caramel thin enough without burning it to be able to swirl my apple in it. I think my pan was too thin on the bottom. Using a double boiler pot would probably solve that problem. Live and learn.
SPRINKLE on the toppings. DO NOT try to roll the apple in the toppings, doing so will cause the coating on your apple to fall off. I also learned that one the hard way. Grrrr!
Chocolate Candy Apples
These were the easiest to make, thank goodness, I almost gave up! You should have seen my kitchen after the last two. Yikes. Simply melt your candy coating in a bowl in the microwave, I used Ambrosia Chocolate Flavored Bark Coating I found at the grocery store.
Next swirl your apple in the chocolate. I used green sprinkles, red sprinkles, and crushed peanuts. Again DO NOT roll your coated apple in the sprinkles. If you do it will put the chocolate off the apple. Check out the pic above of the sprinkles I had in plates and you will see the chocolate all over one of the plates. Shake them on so they look even.
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