Make no bones about it...these Skull Caramel Apples are the perfect Halloween candy! Apples are already a great seasonal treat, since they're at peak sweetness during the fall. But when you dunk them in caramel, dip them in white chocolate, and decorate them with a creepy skull design, they are ghoulishly great for Halloween!
I took my decorating inspiration from the Tim Burton movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, but you can design any skull you like. These would also look very cool with a Dia de los Muertos sugar skull design!
You will need four popsicle sticks, lollipop sticks, or wooden skewers.
- 4 large apples (ripe)
- 14 ounces soft caramel candy (1 bag)
- 2 tbsp water
- 12 oz white chocolate candy coating (2 cups)
- 3 oz chocolate candy coating (1/2 cup)
1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil or waxed paper, then spray the foil or paper with a light coating of nonstick cooking spray.
2. Wash and dry the apples carefully. Remove the stems, and stick the skewers or sticks firmly in the stem ends.
3. Place the unwrapped caramels and the water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir, then microwave for an additional minute or until completely melted.
The caramel should be smooth and liquid by the end.
4. Hold an apple by the skewer and dip it in the caramel, tilting the bowl at an angle and rotating the apple to cover it completely with a smooth, even layer. Bring it out of the caramel and twirl it upside down to remove the excess caramel, hold it in the air for a few moments while the caramel starts to set, then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining apples.
5. Place the caramel-covered apples in the refrigerator to set for at least 30 minutes.
6. Once the caramel is firm, place the white chocolate candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds, until it is melted and smooth.
7. Dip a caramel-covered apple in the white chocolate coating. It is easiest if you dip it halfway and then use a large spoon to spoon coating over the top, to ensure the apple is mostly covered with white chocolate. Hold the apple over the bowl and let excess coating drop back into the bowl, and gently twirl the apple or tap the stick against the lip of the bowl to encourage excess coating to drop off.
8. Set the apple back on the baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining apples. Let the white coating set while you melt the chocolate coating in a small bowl in the microwave.
9. Pour the melted chocolate coating into a paper cone or plastic bag with a hole snipped in the corner. Tilt the apple back with one hand, to make it easier to draw on the side, and draw a skull face on the side of the apple with the dark chocolate.
Repeat until all the apples are decorated.
10. Refrigerate the apples until everything is completely set, about 20 minutes. If you will not be serving the apples immediately, carefully wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.