Saturday, October 31, 2015

CARAMEL APPLES TO DIE FOR

by Mary Kennedy             
                                                            
 
You don't really have to die for these apples, but as a mystery writer, I just had to put the word "die" in the title.  This is the perfect time of year to make caramel apples and I'd like to share an easy recipe. (Yes, I know you can buy these ready-made at the store, but the home-made version is so much fun, you might want to try it.)
 
Here's a basic recipe to get you started. Use your creativity to come up with delicious additions. You don't have to use Granny Smith apples, you can use any type, but there is something about the tangy Granny Smith variety that goes well with the sweet caramel topping.
 
Basic recipe:
                                                      
 
                                                           
 
Ingredients:

2 packages of caramels                
4 Granny Smith apples.             


 Instructions: Melt the caramels until soft and runny. Use a double boiler, or the microwave, but watch carefully. They melt very quickly and you don't want to burn them.
Place a stick in the center of the apples. (you can buy these little sticks at a craft store, or the supermarket) In a pinch, you can use a plastic spoon.
Dip the apples into the caramel, being careful that the entire surface is covered .                                        
This is what they will look like after you have dipped them. 
 
                                                            
 
 Now it's time to get creative! You can add delicious toppings and tweak the recipe.  Be sure to let the apples set and harden after you add the toppings.
                                                         
 TOPPINGS:
 
The sky's the limit, here are a few favorites.
 
*  Crushed Oreo cookies for a rich chocolatey version.
 
*  Melted mini marshmallows for a "S'Mores" version. Melt 20 mini-marshmallows, 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Smear this on the apples and then roll the apples in graham cracker crumbs. Delish!
 
* You can't go wrong with the nuts and chocolate version. Simply roll the apples in 1/4 chopped mixed nuts and 2 Tablespoons of mini chocolate chips. (Caution: Don't use this version if you are handing them out to trick-or-treaters, some kids are allergic to nuts.)
 
* The peanut butter version is another classic. Simply melt 1/4 cup of mini marshmallows with 1/4 cup peanut butter and roll in graham cracker crumbs.
 
I know you'll come up with some fun twists on caramel apples. Happy Halloween, everyone!
 
Mary Kennedy