Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Quick & Delicious Chocolate Covered Apple Treats

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Apple recipes are always delicious, but there's really nothing better than an apple-based dessert in the fall! I always have so many apples in the house from apple picking so trying new fall themed desserts with them is my favorite thing to do during this time of year. I love candied and caramel apples, but am I the only one who finds them SO hard to eat and SO messy?! They're yummy and all, but I'm all about a fun twist on a traditional fall dessert - and that's where these yummy and quick chocolate covered apple pops come into play! They take all of 20 minutes to make and they're sure to be a crowd pleaser for everyone. Also a great way to use up apples before they go bad! Possibilities here are endless... ; )

There's so many possibilities for these, and so many different versions. But I think having your own touch to a recipe like this is the best - you can so easily customize it to what you like best! You'll see what I mean later on...

P.S. there's a printable recipe at the bottom of this post!

Here's what you'll need:
(these measurements are for 4 apples worth of apple pops)
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4 apples
2 cups chocolate chips
15 caramel candies, to melt
Any toppings you'd like; I used mini M&Ms, rainbow sprinkles and pretzels

Start to slice the apples with a sharp knife; if you're going to be putting any sort of popsicle/lollipop sticks into the apples, you'll want them to be thick enough that they don't fall out the other side. This was the biggest mistake I made when I first tried this recipe out!

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I cut the apples in about 1/2" thick slices and the sticks finally fit without falling out the other side. In the bottom of each slice, cut a small slice to fit the stick into. You may have to wiggle it into the apple until it stays put but the sturdier it is, the better it'll stay once the pops are finished.

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Now you can begin to melt the chocolate. I used 2 cups of chocolate chips for 4 apples worth of pops, and it was just about enough. I would recommend having more on hand just in case, though! Fun fact: this was the first time I ever used a double boiler. I usually melt chocolate in the microwave, and when my mom walked in and saw me using the double boiler she was laughing because I hadn't melted chocolate this way before! I think it works about the same, but there's definitely less of a chance that you'll burn the chocolate this way. I have burned chocolate in the microwave WAY too many times before, it's become sort of a habit, ha!

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If you haven't set up a double boiler before and want to, grab either two pots that fit within each other or a pot and a glass bowl. Fill the bottom pot with water and bring it to a boil; then add the chocolate chips to the top bowl or pot and as it melts, begin to stir constantly. This is super important so that it doesn't begin to harden as you're working! Then, set up a baking sheet with wax paper and begin to cover the apple pops in chocolate.

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Another tip that I didn't use on the first go-around; spray the wax paper with a tiny bit of cooking spray - trust me you'll thank me once you're taking them OFF of the wax paper...!

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Stick the baking sheet into the fridge for 15 minutes, or until the chocolate is semi-hardened. It doesn't have to be perfectly hardened, but the next step will be easier if they are:

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I used Kraft caramel candies for this recipe and they're my favorite caramel candies I've ever used - they're so much more tasty than others I've tried! When you melt caramel, you have to be super careful not to burn it... Lesson learned with this recipe! You can use a double boiler for this too, but I chose to microwave it since caramel thickens SO quickly. The back of the bag said to melt for 1 minute to start, but I did 50 seconds at first and the caramel STILL burned! So I suggest doing about 40 seconds, stir, and 15 more seconds. Then it'll be melted and not burnt. ; ) I added a little bit of hot water between microwaving to make it a little more liquid-y for drizzling purposes.

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When the caramel is still soft, go crazy with toppings of your choice! I used mini M&Ms, sprinkles and pretzels for mine. I've seen these made with some pretty crazy toppings, so anything you have in your cabinets or can think of goes - the next time I make these I'm going to crush up mini Reeses cups and put them on top!

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Place the tray in the fridge for the pops to harden and then enjoy! These are so simple and seriously one of THE most delicious desserts I've ever had/made.

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Quick & Delicious Chocolate Covered Apple Treats

by Adriana Nudo

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 10

Ingredients (4 apples, 8-10 servings)

  • 4 apples
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 15 caramel candies, to melt
  • Any toppings you'd like; M&Ms, pretzels, sprinkles

Instructions

Slice apples with a sharp knife into 1/2" slices.

Cut a small slit into the bottom of each slice to insert the popsicle/lollipop stick.

Use a double boiler or microwave to melt chocolate. If using a double boiler, let the bottom pot of water boil before adding chocolate chips to the top pot!

Set up a cookie sheet and lay a flat piece of wax paper atop of the sheet.

Begin to dip the apples into the chocolate, cover completely. Lay flat on the baking sheet and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes, or until semi hardened.

Melt caramel candies in increments. I prefer the microwave for this step over a double boiler since caramel burns easily; heat 40 seconds, stir, heat 15 seconds.

Drizzle caramel sauce onto the apples as desired. Add toppings, and re-place the apples in the refrigerator until hardened.

Serve and enjoy!

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Have you ever made these? They are seriously the easiest dessert and if you're looking for a way to use up extra apples or have unexpected guests this season, they're perfect for all ages! The caramel is the perfect touch to an already extremely delicious treat, but I have to say the mix of sweet and salty from the pretzels is my favorite part!

XOXO

36 comments :

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  2. These are adorable!! I love the idea of putting them on sticks & switching up your toppings.

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

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  3. what a great idea! I can never finish one whole toffee apple, but I am sure I can get through a slice.

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  4. Wow! This looks so gorgeous! Everything dipped in chocolate is just gorgeous! And I loved how you put all those things on top!! :)

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  6. Great recipe! These looks delicious and super easy to make!

    http://www.aloveaffairblog.com

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  7. These look so delicious and would be perfect for my Halloween party this weekend❤

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  8. These look so delicious and would be perfect for my Halloween party this weekend❤

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  9. Yum! These look delicious. Will have to try making them.

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  10. I like the idea of making smaller candied apples, as opposed to the big ones. These look like they are much more fun to eat, while still being easy to make.

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  11. I saw these treats on Facebook last week and I want to make them so badly!!

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  12. Definitely gonna try these! They look SO good <3

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  13. I love Carmel apples! These like they would be fun to make. And eat!

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  14. Now these apples look yummy!! I am craving some of these pops now!!

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  15. this looks so yummy, I am now craving some and need to make these

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  16. Those look so yummy! I love the idea of slicing the apples for easier bites.

    La Belle Sirene 

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  17. Ummm this looks Amazing!! i def need to try this!

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  18. This would be a great option for me to take to the Halloween festival at my church. It looks so tasty so I'll have to make some for me too.

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  19. That's awesome! I love how easy those treats are to make and they're great for kids because they're easier to eat and finish as well.

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  20. These look great! And so much easier to eat than traditional caramel apples!

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  21. Yummy I've never seen these before! Look far easier to bight into than a whole apple!

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  22. I can't eat traditional caramel apples because of braces. This totally works for me as an alternative!

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  23. These look tasty and way easier to eat than a traditional caramel apple!

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  24. These apples are gorgeous! What a perfect fall treat to make! And my kiddos could help which makes it even more perfect!

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  25. This is hands down the best apples recipe for fall...traditional caramel apples are so dang MESSY, and I love how these are just smaller slices!

    Coming Up Roses

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  26. These are too cute! Not to mention they look delicious!

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  27. I love, love, love this!! What an awesome recipe

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  28. These look delicious and easy enough for me to make with my 5 year old. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I love anything that involves lot of chocolate involved in it and this one looks so delicious. Both my kids love recipes with Apples and this is a yummy recipe to try out right away!

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  30. Another great treat to satisfy a sweet craving! These chocolate covered apples look so delicious! If I were to make these, I'd make some with rice krispies or crushed mixed nuts too. :)

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  32. Those looks so yummy! I cant wait to make this.

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  33. These look so good and really pretty too! they would be perfect for my niece's class party.

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  34. Awesome idea for the Halloween! You won't have an issue with kids not finishing it because it's the perfect serving size for them!

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