Caramel Apples for Halloween? Is That Really a Question?Cody
With Halloween approaching and the thoughts of candy running through my head, I decided to make something using Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels. You know, the ones that are chewy and come in a bag. Yeah, the kind where you can easily eat an entire bag during a decent movie and then wonder what the heck happened.
I’m not a crafty guy. Give me a box of brownies where all I have to do is add water, an egg, and some oil and I’ll figure out how to make tasty brownies. Ask me to put together flour, sugar, vanilla in some kind of form that resembles brownies after being baked in an oven? You could be in for a bit of a surprise.
This is where the convenience of Werther’s Original Chewy Caramel candies comes into play. They’re ready-made so they just need to have a little alteration in order to make them into a whole new kind of tasty treat.
When I was thinking about what to make to satisfy my pre-Halloween candy cravings, I decided it was time to have a caramel apple. Halloween and caramel apples go hand-in-hand. I love caramel apples, but I’m kind of a caramel apple snob. I’m used to the caramel apples that can be bought at local bakeries or chocolate candy stores, but they’re too expensive to satisfy a random pre-Halloween candy craving. My other complaint about caramel apples is that I have to eat around the core of the apple and they’re awfully messy. To be honest, I also complain a bit that I have to eat the apple part of the caramel apple, but I suffer through that part.
As I was thinking about how to make my caramel apple, I decided to use Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels for the caramel portion of my treat. There isn’t a better quality of caramel candy than Werther’s, so it seemed like melting some of those candies would solve my caramel apple snob problem. I also decided to cut the apple into 1 inch squares rather than dipping the entire apple into the caramel. That did two things, it got rid of the messy part of eating a caramel apple and it maximized the amount of caramel that I could get onto one apple.
I set about my caramel apple quest and learned a few things as I made my caramel apple bite “thingies.” Melting Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels was far easier than I expected. (I learned just how easy it is to melt those caramels by checking recipes on Werther’s website.)
Buy 3 bags of Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels. Unwrap two bags worth of Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels and place them in a microwave safe bowl. (You’ll need the 3rd bag of caramels because you’re going to end up eating a few caramels as you unwrap them.)
Pour 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk into the caramels and microwave the mixture until it is smooth and creamy.
Make sure you stir the mixture every 30 seconds or so.
The other thing I learned is that caramel apple bite “thingies” are harder to make than regular caramel apples. After sticking toothpicks in all of my apple bites and swirling them in the caramel, I noticed that most of the caramel just drained off the part of the apple that didn’t have apple skin. I made a second attempt and learned that waiting for the caramel to cool down a bit before dipping the apple helped the caramel stick. I also learned that placing the caramel in the fridge or the freezer helped even more. Next time I make caramel apple bite “thingies,” I’m going to dip the apples pieces and then immediately throw them in the freezer to keep the caramel from slipping off the apple.
I also decided to dip the caramel covered apple bites in some chocolate covered toffee candy pieces and some candy coated chocolates. Seriously, the combination of the added chocolate candy to the melted Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels matched anything I had ever bought from the candy store.
One final word of caution. If you’re like me and you end up eating
10 5 caramels as they are being unwrapped, and then you eat half the freshly dipped apple bites before they make it on the tray, and then you eat a few spoons full of melted caramel, you’re gonna end up with a pretty good belly ache—but your mouth will thank you.