If you bought or were gifted a bag or two of gourmet caramels, you can use some to make delicious apple treats any time of the year. Although caramel apples are traditionally associated with fall, you can enjoy them for any special occasion regardless of the season.
Handmade, gourmet caramel apples make tasty desserts for holidays and other events, such as kids' birthday parties, as well as thoughtful party favors and gifts for any friend or family member with a sweet tooth. You can also place the homemade apples in gift bags, Easter baskets or take them along on romantic picnics in the park.
To prepare the high-quality caramels for dipping, simply unwrap them and place them in a microwave-safe bowl with a bit of water. Microwave them for about one minute before stirring, and then keep microwaving and stirring them in 30-second intervals until they're completely smooth.
Then, insert wooden dowels into firm apples and dip them into the melted caramel. Place them onto a wax paper-lined cookie sheet, and then into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the caramel to set. The apples are then ready to decorate.
Here are some ways to customize your gourmet caramel-dipped apples:
1. Colorful Sprinkles
If you're hosting a kid's birthday celebration, caramel apples covered in rainbow-colored candy sprinkles are sure to be crowd pleasers. Simply sprinkle them over the dipped apple before you chill it, while the caramel is still warm.
Either make them before the party, or let the kids make their own as a hands-on activity. You can also colorful sprinkles to reflect other special occasions, such as red and pink for Valentine's Day or orange, black and purple for Halloween.
2. Chocolate Drizzle
Another way of adding an extra layer of sweetness to your caramel apples is with either dark, milk or white chocolate, or a combination of all three. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave or in a double boiler, and then drizzle it over the set caramel using a small spoon.
While the chocolate is still warm, you can sprinkle on chopped nuts, shredded coconut, cookie crumbles or candy pieces to further customize the caramel apples.
3. S'mores Toppings
One creative way of making caramel apples summer-worthy is by enhancing them with classic s'mores ingredients. To make this campfire-ready treat, sprinkle the caramel-covered apples with crushed graham crackers and chocolate chips. Finish by pressing miniature marshmallows onto the caramel, evenly covering the entire apple.
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