Caramel apples are a must-have item for fall. They are great for parties and make great gifts. Last year, I gave a caramel apple to our son's kindergarten teacher and I can attest to the fact that teachers appreciate caramel apples more than plain apples. But, the cost of buying caramel apples for a party or as gifts can add up.
Here are five ways to make caramel apples at home that will be much cheaper than, just as impressive as (if not more impressive), and quite likely tastier than the ones that you can buy at the store. Grab a candy thermometer for caramel making, and let's get started!
My pumpkin spice caramel apples combine two fall favorites - apples and pumpkin spice - into one fall-tastic treat. Dust with graham crackers for added goodness.
These bourbon pecan caramel apples from Iowa Girl Eats are so perfect for grown-ups. They require only four ingredients and are done in just fifteen minutes! She says, "I cannot tell you how delicious the combo of crispy apple, smoky bourbon, sweet caramel, and crunchy pecans is." I know that they are going on my bucket list! Why should kiddos have all the fun?!
Do you have Halloween candy laying around? These candy-coated caramel apples from Boulder Locavore are not only colorful, but they also taste great. Boulder Locavore says, "Many candies can work for this. Smaller pieces adhere more easily so I used bite sized Butterfinger and Snickers bars and chopped them up. M & M’s and similarly shaped candy (Reese’s Pieces for instance) work great. Pick your favorites and create a caramel apple sampler plate with slices of each to serve!"
We all know that chocolate makes everything better, so why not add some to your apples like Pint Sized Baker did on her Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples? Experiment with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate. But, whichever chocolate you use, be sure to temper it. Pint Size Baker breaks down the process in her post and how it keep the chocolate looking shiny. If only apples like these grew on trees!
Maybe fancy isn't your thing. I get that. Sometimes basic is best. But, do me a favor and try adding just a touch of salt to your caramel apples like Frugal Foodie Mama did in these scary salted caramel apples. You won't regret it.
How do you jazz up your caramel apples? Let us know in the comments!
Stefani Pollack is a blogger, freelance recipe developer, and social influencer from St. Louis, Missouri. Visit her blog, Cupcake Project, to find original recipes for unique from-scratch desserts and perfected classics. Visit her Instagram account, @cupcakeproject, for her curated look at the best treats from around the world.