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Double-Dipped Gourmet Caramel Apples

Double-Dipped Gourmet Caramel Apples

This is the only recipe you will ever need to make delicious caramel apples. Your imagination is the only limitation.

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 medium apples
  • Wooden sticks
  • 2 (14 ounce) packages caramels (96 pieces), divided
  • 4 tablespoons water, divided

Instructions

  1. First Caramel Layer: Wash and dry apples; insert stick into stem end of each apple.
  2. Microwave 1 package of the caramels and 2 tablespoons of the water in a small deep microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes or until smooth, stirring every minute. If caramel sauce is too thin, let stand for about 2 minutes before dipping apples.
  3. Dip apples into hot caramel sauce; turn until coated. Scrape excess sauce from bottom of apples. Place on greased wax paper.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Second Caramel Layer: After refrigerating, repeat microwave and dipping directions with remaining the remaining package of caramels and 2 tablespoons water.
  6. See decorating ideas below for warm caramel apples. Otherwise, refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. See decorating ideas below for chilled caramel apples.
  7. Store decorated apples in refrigerator.
  8. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving to allow caramel to soften.

Makes 4 to 5 medium apples or 2 large (3/4 to 1 pound each).

Decorating ideas for warm caramel apples:

Roll in chopped pecans or nuts of your choice; drizzle with melted apples.

Decorate with non-pareil covered semi sweet chocolate chips; drizzle with melted white chocolate.

Roll in graham cracker pieces and miniature marshmallows; drizzle with melted chocolate.

Roll in macadamia nuts or premium mixed nuts; drizzle with melted white and semi-sweet chocolate.

Decorating ideas for chilled caramel apples:

Dip apple in melted chocolate, several times, waiting for chocolate to harden a little between each dip. Use white or semi-sweet chocolate or marbleize.

Dip bottom of apple in melted chocolate; decorate with toasted coconut and slice almonds.

Decorate with melted white or semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkles.

Any of these apples can be decorated with anything you choose, such as raisins, chopped malted milk balls, peanut butter chips, chopped potato chips or pretzels.