Food + Drink

Caramel Apple Rounds

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Living in Maryland, I have always loved getting all four seasons. I love getting snow in the Winter just as much as I love hitting the beach in the Summer. Fun fact: My dad is a retired Meterologist and I think that’s where my love for all the seasons stems from. Fall has always been a fun time of year and I don’t know if it’s having kids now but between the pumpkin patches visits, apple picking, dressing up in costumes and jumping into piles of raked leaves, fall has jumped to the top of my favorite time of year list, right behind Christmas!

We have been having a total blast embracing all things fall and making caramel apples was on our seasonal bucket list! These rounds are easier to make and eat than whole apples and I have to say the caramel and chocolate to apple ratio is divine! They were easier to whip up than I thought and there are plenty of easy tasks for little toddler helping hands!

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Ingredients:

2 Apples (or more) of your choice, we love Granny Smith and Honey Crisp

8oz individually wrapped soft caramels

5oz chocolate chips of your choice, we used dark but feel free to mix and match

toppings of your choice, we used crushed oreos + pretzels

1tsp coconut oil

popsicle sticks

 

Directions:

1 // Slice your apples in one direction making flat round slices, skipping the core. You want your slices to be just thick enough to fit a popsicle stick, snugly.

2 // Lay your apple rounds out on a paper towel and pat dry- this helps the caramel stick to your apples.

3 // Make a small cut with a knife where you want your popsicle stick to go, then insert popsicle sticks.

4 // Unwrap your caramels. This was the perfect task to keep my three year old busy while I was slicing the apples.

5 // Put your unwrapped caramels in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted, in thirty second increments. If your caramel is still a little too thick, you can add (the tiniest) splash of milk.

6 // One by one, dip your slices in the melted caramel, using a spoon to help cover completely as needed, then place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

7 // Once all your apple rounds are caramel coated, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to cool and harden, for at least fifteen minutes.

8 // Put your toppings in baggies and crush into pieces using a large wooden spoon, another great toddler task!

9 // Place your chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every thirty seconds.

10 // Drizzle apple slices with the melted chocolate and sprinkle on your toppings!

11 // Place cookie sheet back in the fridge and allow chocolate to harden up completely.

12 // I added a muffin liner to my helper’s apple to catch any mess! Enjoy!

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You guys, these are so delicious and the candy options are limitless! They would be adorable individually wrapped for a party, too!

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