One of my favorite treats, from childhood to adulthood, has to be an ooey-gooey caramel apple. I can’t leave a fair or amusement park without getting an over-priced, but so delicious caramel apple. To add a Halloween twist on the classic treat, I made up this killer recipe for Candy Corn Caramel Apples.
The secret ingredient…candy corns of course!
Start with 4-6 large Granny Smith apples. I love the tart apples combined with the sweet caramel.
The caramel recipe is three simple ingredients:
-14 oz caramels
-1 cup Halloween candy corns
-2 TB evaporated milk (regular milk is an acceptable substitute)
Unwrap all of the caramels (the most time-consuming part) and put them in a large microwavable bowl. Next add the candy corns and evaporated milk. Microwave on high for one minute. Remove and stir. Microwave for additional 30 second increments until the caramels and candy corns are melted, but not boiling.
It will make a fun, festive orange color that is a great contrast to the bright green apples!
The easiest coating method I’ve found is to spoon the hot caramel onto the apples, starting at the top. It will drizzle down and you coat the rest of the apple and place it on waxed paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
And that is the candy corn caramel apple!
If you want to get festive and add some scrumptious toppings, a few suggestions are pecans, crushed oreos, Heath bits, and white and milk chocolate melting chips.
Go crazy and drizzle-fo-shizzle!
One vital tip is to dip the apples into the toppings before the caramel hardens.
White and milk chocolate melting chips are perfect for adding those spooky details, perfect for trick-or-treating or a Halloween party.
Place the caramel apples in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes until the exterior is cold. Meanwhile, melt the baking chips and add the melted milk chocolate to a piping bag.
For the ghost, use a spoon to drizzle white chocolate from the top of the cold caramel apple. Place back in the freezer. When the white chocolate is cold, add milk chocolate eyes and a mouth using the piping bag.
For the jack-o-lantern and spider web apples, use the piping bag of chocolate to draw those details onto the cold apples.
And then dig in and enjoy!