It doesn't have to be a holiday to make a copcat Disney treat, but I really couldn't think of anything better than Halloween, and carmel apples. I FINALLY got one on our last trip, and for weeks after I dreamed of them! I tried to make my own, and I'm only slightly embaressed to say the 8 I made were gone in 2 days. I'd like to say I had help eating them, but to be honest, only one of them went to my oldest. Yikes! This time, I made a dozen, with the intention of sharing!
A quick note on the apples-- green apples last longer. They also balance the sweet of the caramel, so if you make these using red apples, they might not taste as good, and they won't last as long. These can last several days (just not in my house) without any taste loss.
These are super simple to make. The hardest part is unwrapping all those caramels. I used the recpie on the back of the bag:
However, I did use milk, instead of water, and I felt like that worked better than before, when I used water.
Also, make sure to wash and DRY your apples. If you don't dry them, the caramel won't stick! Put the sticks in. I ran out of sticks, so I cut bamboo skewers (like for the grill) in half. Those worked great!
So get your pan ready. I've done it both ways, bowl over simmering water, and straight in the pot. I really prefer in my pot. It goes faster, and I don't have a bowl trying to fall onto the stove.
Once you've decided how you want to melt your caramels, unwrap, put them in the pot and add your liquid. Stir, stir stir... it transitions... keep going until it's all melty. Don't leave it though! It could burn and ruin your caramels.
Dip your apples into the caramel, no photo here, it goes quick and starts to harden fast! Roll into nuts if you like, and place on a sheet of waxed paper. They set pretty fast!!
Aren't they sooo pretty? Takes less than an hour to do these. If you have people helping unwrap the caramels, it will go much faster!
So delish, and easy, and pretty close to the Disney ones. It's not spot on, but in a pinch, or dire Disney emergency, these will do the job!
Happy Halloween everyone!!