Everyone loves chocolate covered caramel apples, but they are really expensive to buy. Now you can make your own at home and save a bunch of money.
Homemade Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples
Now we have no excuse to still go out and buy those overpriced Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples. You can make them at home and make them just as fancy as they do – maybe even better! Fresh apples, homemade caramel, and fine dark chocolate come together in your kitchen. Everyone is gonna love them! They are a special treat that the kids are going to love for a fun movie night, bonfire party, or to wrap them up and give them as gifts.
You could “cheat” and use confectioners candy chocolate, but for these, we are going to temper our own dark chocolate. No “fake” chocolate here. Save that for the kids; the adults deserve the good stuff!
First, you want to familiarize yourself with tempering chocolate. “What the heck is Tempering Chocolate?” Well, it’s heating the chocolate and cooling it again so that we get the cocoa butter and sugar correctly melted and mixed into the chocolate.
If you made it through dipping your apples into the caramel and waited for them to dry, you are ready to move on to the next step of adding the chocolate.
We want to do this because –
- We want the chocolate to harden and remain solid at room temperature.
- We want the chocolate to “snap” when we break it.
- We want the chocolate to have a glossy and smooth finish.
It’s actually easier than you think. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
You can decide if you want to dress your apples up or down. Add nuts, candy, cookies, sprinkles, or even different colored candy coatings. Make fun ones for the kids and elegant one for holiday gifts for hostess parties.
Skip the overpriced ones and make your own!
This recipe is part three of a three part series including Spiked Mulled Apple Cider and Caramel Apples.
Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples
These fancy chocolate covered caramel apples can easily be made at home!
- 1 pound Dark Chocolate (<70% cocoa)
- Caramel Apples
- 1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips
- Optional - Sprinkles, nuts, crushed candies or cookies
- Chop your chocolate up uniformly. Place ⅔ of it into a clean, DRY top of a double boiler. If you don't have one, place a large glass bowl over a pot of simmering, not boiling, water. The bowl should not be touching the water. Stir it until it melts and reaches 110.
- Remove from the heat and wait for it to cool back down to 95. Add the remaining chocolate. Stir it in allowing the heat of the melted chocolate to melt the solid chocolate while the solid pieces will cool the melted chocolate. Once it's smooth, it's ready for the apples.
- The apples should be dry and at room temperature. It's best not to refrigerate them if you are planning on adding the chocolate. Dip the apple into the chocolate and turn it to coat. Shake off the excess chocolate and scrape off the bottom. Add any topping that you want to while still wet, then stand up on parchment to dry.
- Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave at 70% power. Place some into a baggie with an edge snipped off and drizzle the white over to make a design. Add sprinkles if desired and allow to dry.
- Add desired decorations.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 549Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 6gSugar: 47gProtein: 6g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
Tuesday 18th of October 2016
Wow! These caramel apples are so gorgeous!
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Stunning! I plan on making "edible glitter" as well to coat them in pretty colours for the holidays! Thanks for the tip on the caramel..about how long in room temp will they take to dry? A lot of other sites say to chill before dipping in chocolate but I've always doubted that. Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing! :)
Thursday 6th of November 2014
The caramel was dry in about an hour. I did not put them into the fridge. If you use candy melts instead of chocolate chips, they will harden quicker.
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