Chocolate covered caramel apples are a delicious twist to the old fashioned candy apple. In the "old" days, I always looked forward to going to the fair knowing that my dad would treat me to a yummy caramel apple.
These days, I like to add chocolate to these old favorites to take them to the next level of scrumptious. If you have never tried out this wonderful combination, I highly recommend it.
I included the chocolate caramel apples above if you are searching for a place to order a really wonderful gourmet chocolate caramel apple. I admit, they certainly aren't cheap, but they are an delightfully indulgent splurge.
Believe it or not, I've even ordered chocolate apples on ebay. My dad loved it for Father's Day!
Seriously, though, there is no reason why you can't make just as yummy chocolate caramel apples yourself in the comfort of your own kitchen. Yes, it can get a bit sticky, but that's half the fun!
Here are a couple of different recipes and methods to create your own delicious chocolate covered caramel apples.
First, let me give you a quick tip. Save yourself some time and money and go over to Candyland Crafts for your chocolate, caramel, and apples sticks. You won't have to unwrap every caramel yourself. :) The prices are good and the quality is excellent.
In the top of a double boiler combine caramels, salt, water, and chocolate chips. Heat, stirring until melted and smooth.
Remove double boiler from heat, but keep mixture over the hot water. Dip each apple in chocolate caramel sauce spooning mixture to completely cover apple. Insert skewer and place on waxed paper to set. Refrigerate until firm.
Mmmmmm! These are unbelievably good.
Insert skewers (lollipop sticks) into the core of the cleaned and dried apples.
In saucepan over low heat melt caramel until it becomes liquid. Allow to cool slightly.
Pour caramel on a layer of plastic wrap. Cover with another layer of plastic wrap and roll out caramel between the two. Fit flattened caramel around apples. Stand upright on waxed paper and let set for 15 to 20 minutes.
Melt chocolate over double boiler or in microwave (stirring every 30 seconds) until smooth. Dip apples into chocolate. Sprinkle with your favorite topping choice. You can also add stripes of dark, white or milk chocolate around the apple.
Place decorated chocolate covered caramel apples onto wax paper, standing upright. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
If you want to make your caramel from scratch:
In a heavy saucepan melt butter. Stir in sugar, corn syrup, and a dash of salt. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Add condensed milk and continue stirring 12-15 minutes until candy thermometer reaches 245 degrees F. For more information see candy syrup stages.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Dip skewered apples and stand upright on waxed paper to set. Cover in chocolate as instructed above.
I hope your Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples Adventure is a huge success!!