I’m going to be honest with you.
I’m more of a candy apple person than a caramel apple person.
I mean, caramel apples are delicious and perfectly great, but when faced with a choice between the two, I will go candy apple every time.
I realize that I’m in the minority here, as I rarely see anyone singing the praises of apples covered in hard red candy. But I assure you, they are delicious.
The only unfortunate thing about candy apples is that they look like they’d be more complicated to make at home. I mean, caramel apples are easy peasy, but candy ones look like a whole other deal.
Obviously I could just buy one at the State Fair, except I am convinced that the State Fair was designed to kill us all. It’s hot, it takes all the money, and honestly I am super shocked that we don’t have to sign waivers before boarding the rides.
Also? Animal poop and heat just don’t mix well. It’s a fact.
This may be admitting my horribleness as a parent, but when my son asks to go to the fair, I offer him the cash instead.
But I’d rather roam the toy store for 2 hours in agony as my son mulls over his choices than stand there sweating while he smiles and waves at me from a ride that probably hasn’t had the bolts tightened since 1985.
And Cokes are not worth anywhere near $7 unless they are full of magic or have a diamond in the bottom. Sorry.
Anyways — Caramel Apples.
As you might remember, Shelly and I are dedicating a whole week to caramel apple flavored treats. We decided to do this #1 because we are geniuses and #2 it’s our attempt at controlling the changing of the seasons. Because I firmly believe that you can bake a season into happening. Truly.
I saw a super cute cake in my latest Williams Sonoma catalog that looked like a giant caramel apple and I thought to myself, “self…that would totally be adorable as cake pops”
So I made cake pops that look like caramel apples. The end.
If you’re unfamiliar with the makings of cake pops, they’re usually made by crumbling a 9×13 cake and mixing it with a can of store bought frosting and then shaping it into balls and covering them with almond bark or melted candy melts.
I am not a huge fan of the consistency of cake pops, so I try to avoid using a can of frosting as a binder whenever possible.
For these, I used a box of spice cake mix, substituting apple juice for the water on the directions. Once the cake was baked, cooled, and crumbled, I mixed in 3/4 cup caramel ice cream sauce (the kind you just buy in a jar), and that worked great without making the cake super soggy.
I then shaped the cake mixture into balls, tapering the top a bit to give it a more “appley” look.
For the apples, you want to melt some green candy melts with a little bit of yellow added in. It gave them a more authentic color.
Dip your lollipop sticks in the melted candy then insert in the cake pops, set on a wax paper lined baking sheet, and place in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set. Then dip the cake pops in the melted green candy and place back on the lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer for another 5 -10 minutes or until the green candy has hardened.
For the “caramel”, I melted together some milk chocolate candy melts with a bit of white chocolate candy melts to give it a more tan color. Dip the green cake pops in the “caramel” about 2/3 of the way, then immediately sprinkle with nuts or sprinkles.
Not only are they super cute and easy to put together, but they taste great too!!
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Enjoy and have a very happy Tuesday!!