Caramel Apple Slices are so much easier to eat than the traditional caramel apples. Add different toppings to each or put a ton of toppings on one! Kids and adults will love eating their treat off of a lollipop stick.
Sydney and I believe that food should be about fun, as well as great taste. Cooking and baking, for us, is a journey. We have a starting point of creating a recipe. Then we journey through the process until we have the completed dish finished. Sometimes we get close the first time, but many times we do a good bit of retweaking to get to the final product.
There is much to see, do, and learn from the journey. What we learn from one journey can be applied to the next journey. We love this! We take what we learned from one recipe and carry it over to another. No mistake or dud is ever a bad thing because we learn so much to apply to the next recipe! Because of this, we have learned to respect and enjoy the journey of cooking and baking.
These Caramel Apple Slices was one such learning journey!
How To Make Caramel Apple Slices
The very first lesson we learned is that you need a firm and crunchy apple. We ended up settling on Fuji apples. They stood up the best to the lollipop sticks. The slices didn’t break down when trying to insert the stick.
Another apple lesson we learned from the school of hard knocks is not to slice the apples too thin. You will want to slice them about 3/4″ thick.
You will also want to pat the apples dry. The juicer the apple the more juice there will be to run out. Place the sliced apples in between paper towels and gently push on the slices to get the extra juice out.
When it comes to caramel do not use a sauce! It will never harden. Take our word for this! We found the little individually wrapped Kraft Caramels to work beautifully. Just melt according to the package directions.
Allow Drying Time For The Chocolate
You will need to allow drying time between the different layers of chocolates and caramel. Do not melt all of your chocolates at the same time! Big mistake! Start with melting your bottom layer of chocolate and dip the apple slices into it. Do not melt any other chocolate or caramel until this first layer is completely dry. If it is not completely dry, one color of chocolate will bleed into another color of chocolate.
When it comes to the chocolates and caramels the choice is all yours. Dip some into only one chocolate. Drizzle caramel over some but not others. Drizzle chocolate over an opposite dipped chocolate. Play with the chocolates and caramel. Make them all look the same or all look different. Make some a thin drizzle and others a thicker drizzle.
When it comes to toppings the sky is the limit. You can top with chopped peanuts. Another option is whole M&M’s or crushed ones. You can also top with coconut, colored sugar crystals, dried fruits, or use no toppings at all. There are no rules when it comes to toppings. If you like it, go for it! It is that simple!
This was definitely a longer journey for us than some of our other recipes. The great thing is that we learned so much that we can carry forward to other creations. Yes, we did have to redo them a couple of times. Yes, we did have a little extra expense because we had to purchase more and different types of ingredients. What we learned more than made up for the extra time and money though. The wonderful thing for you is that you can learn from our mistakes and get it right the first time! How awesome is that?
These are best enjoyed within the first 24 hours. If you are a fan of the crunchy candy coating, place the finished apples into the refrigerator and eat them cold. The chocolate will break off into hard pieces as you eat them. A bit messy but very delicious!
We hope you are enjoying this fall season and spend some time making fall recipes. Have a great day!