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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kate's Gourmet Apples

Making these caramel apples has been a tradition around our house for about the last 6 years. Just when I think I can get away with not making them someone always starts to ask me “are you going to be making your apples again this year?”



It’s not that I mind making them. In fact they are really simple to do. I just enjoy trying new things to give for Christmas. I have been asked many a time here to please share the “how to” behind my apples so here you go.

First you must gather the goods:




1 bag coconut
1 package white almond bark
1 package chocolate almond bark
2 cups chopped pecans {or nut of your choice}
4-5 packages of caramel wraps {I get my at Homeland in the produce section}
1 bag festive M&M’s or other candy {toffee bits are fabulous}
15-20 Tart apples {NEVER use a sweet apple}
15-20 long sucker sticks {Michael’s}
2 Ziploc sandwich bags
Parchment paper or wax paper




First line a large work area with wax paper. This is where you will create your gourmet apples.




Toast your coconut as instructed on the back of the bag. I am not a coconut fan but trust me DO NOT skip the toasted coconut. It makes the apple.


Wash and dry all your apples removing the steams while washing.

Wrap a caramel wrap over the top of each apple and insert a long sucker stick. Make sure you push the stick down as far into the apple as it will go. These apples are going to get real heavy and you will regret it if you don’t. Place in a 200 degree oven for 5 minutes. Cool on your waxed paper work surface


Melt your almond bark in the microwave stirring every minute until melted. I like to use drinking glasses to hold my bags to pour my chocolate into, seal shut.



After you have melted all your caramel onto the apples it’s time to start the layering process.



Starting with the chocolate, snip the end of your Ziploc bag to create a very small hole. Pick up your apple at the base of the sucker stick and apple; start to drizzle back and forth over the apple. Working as fast as you can drizzle chocolate and sprinkle with chopped pecans. I like to do about 5 or so apples at a time.



Then take your white chocolate snip and drizzle the same as you did with the chocolate. This time sprinkle on your toasted coconut.


Repeat with chocolate and push on your M&M’s.


This is going to make one HUGE mess on your work surface. But thanks to that wax paper you will have a very easy clean up!


Allow to set for about an hour and then you are ready to wrap them up.


Apples will last anywhere form 4-6 weeks in your refrigerator and are very habit forming, beware!

Sharing this over at all these great blogs today Beyond the Pecket Fence - Fireflies and Jellybeans- The Shabby Chic - Somewhat Simple - Black Cat Design - House of Hepworths - Paisley Passions - Tempt my Tummy - Tuesday at the Table - Tasty Tuesday


8 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I have never made fun apples like this... I will have to give it a try. Thanks for showing us how to make them! :)

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  2. These look delicious! I need to try this :)

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    Johnnie

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  4. These are so fancy! And they look YUMMY!
    ~Amanda

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  5. Yummy--and healthy right? afterall there is an apple under there!

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  6. How cute! What a fun Christmas idea!

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  7. Oh yum!! Wow, those look great! I'm jotting this down.

    Thanks for Hookin up with HoH!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  8. YUM! And beautiful looking too! Just wanted to let you know that I am starting a new weekly linky party on Jan 7th called Fun w/ Food Friday. If you have time, I would LOVE for you to come link up some of your delicious recipes!

    http://www.paisleypassions.blogspot.com

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