A sprinkling of sea salt and a bit of chocolate turn Caramel Apples into an extravagant dessert. Easy to make and fun to mix up toppings for. Enjoy a perfect fall treat with these Salted Caramel Apples with chocolate!
It is Halloween week, can you believe it?! October is always such a busy month for us, so Halloween always sneaks up quickly. Elijah has his costume picked out and Sammy has decided that he wants to wear the same robot costume as last year (this boy does NOT like change).
Pumpkins have been carved, the corn maze has been visited and caramel apples have been made. This year we went all out on the caramel apples. We made SALTED CARAMEL APPLES WITH CHOCOLATE! The sweet and salty version of caramel apples that will bring you to your knees. I am resisting a trip to the kitchen as I type. HELP!
One of the great things about this recipe? No candy thermometer required!
Through the stems, puncture each apple with a popsicle stick. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and coat generously with cooking spray. Set aside.
Pour an 11-oz. bag of caramel bits along with 2 tablespoons of water into a microwave-safe large bowl.
Heat the bowl in the microwave in 30-second intervals (stirring after each interval) until the caramel is completely melted and free of lumps.
Dip the apples into the melted caramel, turning until thoroughly coated. Place the caramel apples onto the prepared baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Cut away the “caramel puddle” from the bottoms of the apples (enjoy the excess caramel before the kids see!).
Place a new sheet of wax paper onto a different baking sheet and coat generously with cooking spray.
Pour a 10-oz. bag of dark chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Use GOOD quality chocolate for the best results.
Heat in the microwave in 30-second intervals (stirring after each interval) until the chocolate is completely melted and free of lumps.
Dip the caramel apples a third of the way up the apple into the melted chocolate, turning until coated.
Sprinkle sea salt generously over the surface of each apple. Place onto the prepared baking sheet and place back into the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Serve at room temperature or chilled; sliced into sections or whole.
Chopped peanuts are an excellent topping!
When still wet, roll the apples through chopped candy or even candy corn for an extra touch of sweetness.
Caramel apples will last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Tart Granny Smith apples are the perfect contrast to sweet caramel and chocolate. Honeycrisp or other firm varieties are delicious, too!
Make sure the apples are completely dry before dipping them in order to avoid having bubbles in your caramel.
Add 1 tablespoon corn syrup to the caramel bits for an extra glossy finished product.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE
A rich creamy homemade caramel sauce is great for caramel apples, ice cream or any baked desserts!
Combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a saucepan. Set heat to medium-high and stir mixture frequently. When the sugar has completely melted and the mixture is uniformly bubbly, with an amber color (this will take a couple minutes), add 1/2 cup heavy cream and 6 tablespoons butter. Continue stirring for 2-4 minutes, or until butter has melted and the caramel is smooth and has turned a deep caramel color.
Remove from the heat and stir in the sea salt. Let the caramel cool completely and pour into glass jar containers. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
CAN DOGS EAT APPLES
Apple seeds contain cyanide, so avoid feeding apple cores to dogs. The flesh and skin are safe and even healthy for dogs!
HOW MANY CALORIES IN AN APPLE
One medium apple contains approximately 95 calories.
HOW MANY CARBS IN AN APPLE
One medium apple contains approximately 25 grams of carbohydrates.
FALL APPLE RECIPES
Appledoodles – Appledoodles are a fun twist on the classic snickerdoodles! Great way to use up apples in the fall!
Easy Homemade Crockpot Applesauce – Homemade Applesauce is fun to prepare because it’s so easy to make. Use an assortment of green and red apples and you’ll have a flavorful snack you can enjoy; better than the store stuff!
Apple Coffee Cake – This is the best Apple Coffee Cake recipe you’ll find. Enjoy as an indulgent breakfast treat or an any-time snack or dessert!
Apple Carrot Cake Muffins – Apples and carrots create the most delicious little muffin you could ever imagine. These babies are moist and yummy and will not last long in your kitchen. Great as a snack, breakfast or dessert!
Easy Baked Apples – The smell of baking apples swirled in butter, brown sugar and cinnamon will make your house smell AMAZING. Enjoy the smells as you anticipate a delicious fall treat that is easy to prepare. Great as a warm snack or enjoy as a dessert with vanilla ice cream on the side!
Instant Pot Apple Cider – You have just met your new favorite fall drink! Instant Pot Apple Cider will warm you up on those chilly fall days. It is super easy to make, requiring just a handful of ingredients and minimal effort and cleanup. This is a super way to use up apples from the orchard. Enjoy warm or chilled!
Instant Pot Applesauce – Make your next batch of applesauce in your Instant Pot for an added touch of delicious flavor! This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. It is a great way to use up apples, it is the perfect snack for kids and it never lasts long in my house.