5 Tempting Twists on Halloween Candy Apples

candy applesOne of the best parts about fall is apples. From apple cider to apple crisp, there's a bounty of delicious ways to consume the harvest. The most delicious and hands-down the most fun way to eat them, however, is when they're candied.

Candy apples are one of the season's best and most festive treats, and since there's a super healthy apple at their core (pun intended), you needn't even feel too guilty eating them. They also lend themselves to an incredible array of delicious and fun combinations so you can make bushels of them as Halloween approaches. Here are five amazing ways to make candy apples:


1. Peanut Butter Crunch Apples Nothing is better than a peanut butter-chocolate combination, except when you add an apple. These are amazing.

  • 6 wooden sticks
  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 (14-ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chopped peanut butter filled sandwich cookies
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped

Insert wooden sticks 3/4 of the way into the stem end of each apple. Place apples on a cookie sheet covered with lightly greased aluminum foil.
Combine caramels and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until caramel melts and is smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Dip each apple into the caramel and gently run apples around insides of saucepan to scrape off some of the caramel. Scrape excess caramel from the apple bottoms using the side of the saucepan.
Spread the chopped cookies out on a dinner plate. Roll caramel apples in the cookies and place on the aluminum foil. Place the milk chocolate and white chocolate into separate microwave-safe bowls. Heat in the microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Drizzle milk chocolate over the apples, then drizzle the white chocolate over the milk chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. Marzipan Caramel Apples With Sesame and Almond If you want to get really fancy, here's a great recipe from Chow that is creative and delicious. The apples are actually stuffed with the marzipan filling then baked. Yum! 
3. Coconut-Chocolate Caramel Apples Something about the sweet flaky coconut with the crunchy apple and delicious chocolate make these irresistible. 
4. S'mores Caramel Apples This recipe takes all of that campfire goodness and wraps it around a crunchy apple. No camping necessary! 
5. And here is a step-by-step video from Heather Bertinetti at eHow Food that will walk you through a chocolate AND caramel version. Be warned, it will leave you hungry.

What are your favorite ways to make candy apples?

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