As someone who loves making treats for family and friends, I decided that this year I wanted to make some candy & caramel apples for Halloween. Turns out that my work is hosting a Pumpkin Painting Party as an employee appreciation day. So for the past few weeks I’ve been looking for some ideas and recipes on how to make these apple treats. There are so many options to make apple treats whether it’s to deep them in chocolate, caramel, or candy coating. Yet, I wasn’t sure where to start with the caramel. I saw a few different pre-packaged caramel containers where you can just pop them in the microwave, but I wasn’t sure if that was the way to go. Also there are some people that suggest making your own caramel for a more authentic flavor. So I asked Adam for help with the caramel and candy recipes. We set out to get all the ingredients and start making these treats for tomorrow’s party.
I bought almost 10 lbs of Granny Smith apples which translates to 27 apples, perfect to give one to each person in the office and have a few left over. Prepping the apples takes just a few minutes, you have to wash them, and completely dry them. If they are not fully dry the caramel and candy shell will not stick properly. Once they are dried insert the sticks or skewers and begin dipping.
Since it was the first time for both of us making candy and caramel apples we wanted to make sure we followed a recipe. Adam found 2 really good recipes that helped us make our candy shell & homemade caramel. Candy making is very precise and takes a lot of practice, which is why we didn’t let the caramel darken enough, as we were afraid of letting it burn.
There is no wrong way to decorate your apples, you can dip some in caramel and let them dry and re-dip them into chocolate like I did. Add some cookies, candies, or nuts. The possibilities are endless. I used Oreos, and pecans for toppings, along with some white and orange candy melts for extra decoration. Once you are done decorating your apples be sure to let them dry for at least 30 minutes. I personally let them dry for 1 hour, because whenever I work with candy melts sometimes the heat from around the house prevents them dry properly.
Once the apples were ready, I bagged them up and added some orange and black ribbons to the bags to add some festive Halloween spirit to them. Now they are all packed up ready to go for tomorrow’s event.