These caramel apples are surprisingly easy to make with your slow cooker! The caramels are melted in the crock pot and then the apples are coated.
Make them extra-special with crunchy coatings. Toasted coconut or chopped pecans or walnuts, candy pieces, and cereal are just a few ideas. See the ideas for optional coatings below the recipe instructions.
The recipe can be scaled up easily for a crowd or large party. Don't wait for apple season or Halloween to enjoy these delicious caramel apples!
- 2 packages (14 oz each) caramels
- 1/4 cup water
- 8 medium crisp apples, such as McIntosh, Gala, or Fuji
- 8 popsicle sticks for the apples
Unwrap the caramels and put them in the slow cooker with the water. Cover and cook on high for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until caramels are melted, stirring frequently.
Meanwhile, line a large baking pan with wax paper and butter the paper.
Wash and dry the apples. Insert a stick into stem end of each apple. Reduce crockpot heat to LOW.
Note: If the caramel does happen to scorch, put it through a mesh strainer and discard any dark particles.
Put the sauce into a saucepan or back into the cleaned slow cooker and keep warm while you dip the apples.
Dip apple into hot caramel; turn to coat entire surface. Holding apple above pot, scrape off any excess accumulation of caramel from bottom apple.
Place the caramel-coated apples on the prepared wax paper-lined pan, stick-side up. As you near the bottom of the pot, use a spoon to spoon the hot caramel over the apples.
Put the pan of coated apples in the refrigerator to set thoroughly.
Use caution if children are helping -- the crock pot will probably be quite hot to the touch and the caramel could scald.
Makes 8 caramel apples.
Optional Coatings - Roll the bottom half of partially set caramel apples in one of these coatings, or in a combination of two or three.
- Toasted Coconut
- Chopped Dried Cranberries
- Toasted Chopped Pecans
- Toasted Chopped Walnuts
- Chopped Peanuts
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Candy Coated Chocolate Candies (M & M's)
- Crumbled Cookies
- Maple Flakes
- Small Cereal (Cheerios, Fruit Loops, etc.) or Granola
Tips and Variations
Store caramel apples unwrapped in the refrigerator. Or place the apples on rounds of wax paper or on a muffin-top papers and wrap them individually in cellophane bags; store wrapped caramel apples for several days at room temperature. The apples will keep for about 1 week either way.
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