The sweet treat became a fall staple in the 1950s thanks to Kraft Foods confectioner Dan Walker, who found a use for the company’s excess caramels. Now caramel apples have a national food day that’s sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, which is celebrated each year on Oct. 31.
Debi Morgan, the Southern food blog’s founder, has whipped up a "German Chocolate Caramel Apple" recipe that offers a gourmet feel that you can create at home. And unlike standard caramel apples, these slices aren’t a hassle to dip.
Here’s how you can replicate Morgan’s delicious chocolate and caramel apples.
Materials You’ll Need:
- Bowl and spoon
- Ice cream sticks
- Waxed paper
- Sheet pan
- 6 small honey crisp apples
- 16 ice cream sticks
- 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 cup of sweetened coconut flakes
- 2 cups of finely chopped pecans
- 11 ounces of unwrapped caramel candy
- 1 tablespoon of milk or water
- Slice your freshly washed and dried apples into quarter-inch slices.
- Cut a small slit into the bottom of each apple slice. Each slit should be big enough to fit an ice cream stick.
- Insert one ice cream stick into each apple slice and firmly anchor it onto the fruit.
- Pour your chocolate chips into a bowl and melt them down in a microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and add coconut oil in between each microwave interval. The chocolate should remain warm.
- Dip the apple slices into the melted chocolate. You can use a spoon to fully cover each slice if needed.
- When the apple slices are adequately covered, move them to a waxed paper-lined sheet pan.
- Sprinkle your coconut flakes and chopped pecans onto the apple slices before it hardens.
- In a separate bowl, melt your caramels down in a microwave with milk or water. Stir the melted caramel after 30 seconds and repeat the process until the candy becomes creamy.
- Drizzle the caramel over the chocolate-covered apple slices.
- Place your sheet pan in a fridge for 30 minutes or more. When the apples harden, remove them from the pan and serve.