Well, it seems that the beautiful portion of Autumn is drawing to a close. You have to search pretty hard to find a yellow or a red leaf left among the brown and crinkly debris - but since you can still find one or two I shall carry on in my "Celebration of Fall" series of posts. Today's installment brings you instructions on how to make the perfect caramel apple.
Step 1: Go to Walmart and buy the kit.
Seriously. Buy the kit. I have no delusions of a grandeur (I heard whoever just whispered "No, she's just delusional...."). I have no confidence in my ability to corral 4 kids whilst unwrapping a bag of caramel candy, melting uneaten portion of said caramel candies, keeping aforementioned children from falling headfirst into the now molten caramel, fishing apples out of the caramel after they fall off the stick during the dipping process or refraining from throwing the pot containing the cooled and now permanently attached caramel out through the front window. No confidence at all. That is why I bought the kit.
The kit worked beautifully. The top sheet of waxed paper was peeled off, revealing a thin circle of caramel just waiting for an apple to be set in the middle of it.
The edges of the caramel circle were lifted up and with just a little bit of stretching and folding they covered the apple.
Then a popsicle stick handle was inserted and the apple was placed on another square of waxed paper on a cookie tray. After five minutes in the oven they were soft and gooey and perfect for eating.
And here is the other reason why I am not a purist when it comes to caramel apples: the kids who begged and pleaded and harassed and cajoled for more then a week to make those caramel apples used their front teeth to scrape off a little bit of the caramel from the finished apples, turned up their little noses and said "can we have a different snack?"
Happy kit buying, everyone!