when ale and i were 17, ale worked at an ice-cream shop near my parents house. on some nights, after his shift was up, he’d stop by to chat and drop off a scoop of my favorite rum raisin ice-cream. on really good nights, he’d surprise me with a turtle caramel apple that we’d cut into little pieces and pick at while taking about school, church and our future plans. that was 11 years ago, and i can still remember the scent of chocolate fudge that followed him… it was almost as sweet as the treats he’d bring.
last week, in honor of bidding farewell to summer, gracie and i took a trip down memory lane and attempted to recreate those delicious caramel apples. i told her all about her mom and dad and their puppy love story. i don’t know how much of it she understood, but it sure was a nice memory to recall.
^^this little lady was my sous-chef. she spent the entire time sneaking walnuts and chocolate pieces when i wasn’t looking^^
caramel apple recipe
three large granny smith apples
1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
3 popsicle sticks
1 cup of chopped walnuts
8 oz dark chocolate, melted
- Wash and scrub the apples well to remove the waxy coating
- Dry thoroughly and chill the apples for about 30 minutes
- Place the chopped walnuts in a shallow dish (for dipping)
- Stick the popsicle stick on the top of the apples and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
- Melt the caramel over a double boiler, stirring constantly (this should take about 20 minutes)
- When the caramel has melted, dip the apples in the caramel to coat (you can use a spoon to help scoop some of the caramel on the top part)
- Quickly, roll the apple in the dish with chopped walnuts and tip the apple upside down (for 10 seconds) to prevent the caramel from bulking at the base of the apple. Place the apples in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- When the caramel has cooled, melt the chocolate in the microwave for 15-20 seconds (stir every five seconds until melted)
- Using a fork, drizzle the melted chocolate over the apples and return to the refrigerator for another 15 minutes