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Easy to Follow Tips for Making Caramel Apples

September 27th, 2013 Cooking

Caramel apples are a wonderfully simple treat that are fun to make and eat no matter your age. Perhaps the best part of creating your own is the option to customize this fall favorite. But before we explore the possibilities, let's go over some of the basic steps for starting out.

- Remove the stem from your apple and insert a craft stick then lay it on a buttered baking sheet. It's best if the apple(s) is chilled so the caramel can set on it and not be too runny.

- Prepare 1 package (14 ounces according to AllRecipes) of individually wrapped caramel bites in a microwave-safe bowl and add 2 tablespoons of milk.

- Microwave the caramel and milk for 2 minutes.

- Allow the melted mixture to cool off a bit, then dip the apple in the bowl, turning it around as you dip to get full caramel coverage.

- Set the covered apple on the baking sheet to cool and allow the caramel to harden a bit on the surface of the apple.

For the much-desired customization and extra flair of flavor you can throw some tasty treats on another baking sheet or waxed paper. After dipping in the caramel try rolling in an added compliment - anything from chopped nuts or crumbled Oreo cookies to powdered graham crackers or cinnamon!

If you've finished your apples and still desire that caramel flavor, and maybe you want it with a more adult twist, try some Caramel Apple Martinis.

- Betty Crocker's recipe has us mix 6 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of water, then microwave for 60 seconds.  Set aside in refrigerator to cool briefly. 

- Mix 1/4 cup sour-apple schnapps, 1/4 cup butterscotch schnapps, and 1/4 cup quality vodka (preferably apple flavored).

- After spooning the caramel mix from the microwave into two of your martini glasses, strain your schnapps-vodka mix into the glass. 

- It's optional to garnish with a thin apple slice.

Then your only other direction is to kick back, relax and enjoy the beautiful fall weather with caramel apple in one hand and a drink in the other!