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Gourmet Homemade Caramel Apple RecipeGourmet Caramel Apple Recipe Homemade

The gourmet caramel apple craze has swept our nation. We loved these homemade caramel apples as a kid, bought them at the local candy store as adults, and now our kids crave these gourmet apples covered with everything under the sun. They look beautiful and oh-so-tempting in the gourmet chocolate shop window. Gourmet caramel apple makers are charging from $5 for just a plain caramel apple; and upwards of $20 for a higher-end gourmet chocolate dipped caramel apple. Extra pizzazz added such as red hot candies, nuts and other fun things. Do we have extra money to buy one that we can surely make with this great homemade caramel apple recipe?

This homemade caramel apple recipe is so simple, you'll kick yourself for ever buying caramel apples at the store!

We use Peter's bulk caramel, and it tastes excellent. Buying bulk caramel will save you from unwrapping all those crazy little caramels in those wrappers. Five pounds of caramel covers approximately twenty apples, depending on the size of the apple and the temperature of the caramel.

Homemade Gourmet Caramel Apple Recipe

Heat the bulk caramel in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals to avoid scorching. Be careful! That is hot, boiling, sticky, sugar! Hot hot hot! Keep the caramel warm by placing the bowl on top of two towels that are laid on top of your frying pan, set on low heat.

Make a small cut in the apple where you would like the stick to go, and put the caramel apple stick into the apple.

Dip 1 apple into about 150°F caramel, submerging it. Lift the apple out, allowing the excess caramel to drip back into the bowl. Turn the apple up and hold it for several seconds to help set the caramel around the apple. Place this coated apple on greased foil. Repeat with remaining apples and caramel, spacing apples apart (caramel will pool on foil).

Let the apples cool for about 5 minutes. Push the caramel that has pooled around the apple back up against the apple.

You can choose to decorate warm caramel with chocolate chips, red hot candies, nuts, candy confetti, or other fun things.

Firmly press decorations into the caramel, then return each apple to the foil. Another option is to dip caramel-coated apples into melted Guittard chocolate, allowing the excess to drip off, and then rolling them in nuts or candy. For something different, take a candy painting bottle, and drizzle melted chocolate over caramel-coated apples and sprinkle with decorations.

Chill until decorations are set, about 1 hour. Cover. Chill up to 1 week.

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