I was thrilled when I was invited to the Improv Cooking Challenge hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain...a perfect monthly challenge for me that I could adapt to what I like to make...Sweets!
First Months Challenge: Caramel and Apples
Immediately, I thought Caramel and Apple Cupcakes of course! Then, I began thinking, I have never even had a Caramel Apple. I will make the obvious: Caramel Apples! I will even dip them in Candy Melts and make them cute! How hard can that be? Besides, I am probably the only person on Earth that has never had a Caramel Apples!
Ingredients For 5 Caramel & Candy Covered Apples:
5 Apples (rinsed and dried)
1 bag of Caramels
1/2 bag of Orange Candy Melts
5 sticks (I used Lollipop Sticks)
Black Candy Writer
1 tablespoon of water
I started by opening the caramels, trying not to eat too many! I put the unwrapped caramels in the microwave with for 1 minute, pulled them out and stirred them. Then back in the microwave for another minute. Well, that was too long, they had begun to bubble over. This may have been because I forgot the 1 tablespoon of water, so I added that in, stirred it up and we were back in business!
I shoved the lollipop stick into the apple and sat the apple in the bowl of melted caramel, using a plastic spoon to cover the apple in the caramel. After each apple was dipped, I placed it on a butter coated piece of waxed paper.
Once they were all dipped, I put them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes for the caramel to harden back up.
My teenage daughter made good use of the leftover caramel, dipping her apples in it!
At this point, I thought they looked pretty nice, but I wasn't done yet!
I melted 1/2 the bag of the Orange Candy Melts with 1/2 tsp of shortening (that is the white spot in there) in the microwave for 1 minute at 50% power, stirring halfway. This is when things got a little rough! I pulled the apples out of the refrigerator to find they were still gooey, so I popped them in the freezer for a few minutes. I thought dipping them in the Candy Melts would be easy, well it is a lot harder to shake the melted candy off an apple than a cake pop! The Candy Melts weren't covering the apple smoothly either, as the caramel started to get soft again. So a quick dip in the Candy Melt pool and I used my finger to wipe off the excess candy...I am calling that the rustic look!
I drew the faces on with the Duff Candy Writer (just stick the tube in hot water to melt and draw away.) I made 3 like this. The one in the middle was the first and it kinda resembles what happens to a Jack-o-Lantern after it sits outside after Halloween too long!
I left the other 2 apples alone and sitting pretty!
(Refrigerate extras. Let sit out 15 minutes before enjoying!)
"You didn't tell me you were gonna kill it!"
(Quote by Linus- Repeated by my daughter Kaitlyn)
There you have it, my adventure in making... and eating my first Caramel Apple!
(Yummy, Sticky, Gooey, Sweetness!)
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Notice: As of 11/6/2011 sadly Lady Behind the Curtain and The Improv Cooking Challenge are no longer available.
As of 11/7/2011 A Big Thank you to Karen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker for taking over the "Improv Challenge."