Chocolate Halloween Candy Apples

These are not your traditional fall halloween candy apples! They are so yummy, and when decorated with fall themed toppings, they make perfect halloween gifts for your trick-or-treaters.

Halloween Candy Apples

Need a quick project to take into your child's classroom? Make these chocolate caramel apples, and hide the fact that they actually have some nutritional value underneath!

Chocolate Caramel Apple Recipe (makes 6):

  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • Toppings: Sprinkles, crushed nuts, broken pretzel pieces, or other toppings

Additional Items to Make Gourmet Caramel Apples:

  • 6 wooden sticks
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Non-stick spray
  • Dinner Plate
  • Clear treat bags (optional)
  • Halloween ribbon (optional)

*Note: You don't have to follow this chocolate caramel apples recipe...there are kits available that include all you'll need to make your candy apples (I've seen them in the produce section at our grocery store). The kits don't usually come with the chocolate, though, so you'll need to purchase it separately.

How to Make Carmel Apples:

1. Insert a wooden stick (wood craft sticks/popsicle sticks)directly into the center of the stem side of an apple. It should be about 3/4 of the way through the apple for stability.

2. Combine the unwrapped caramels together with the water in a saucepan and melt over low heat. Continue cooking, constantly stirring, until the caramel is smooth. Stir in the vanilla.

3. Dip each apple into the melted caramel inside the pan. There may be a lot of caramel left on each apple, so roll it along the inside of the saucepan to remove any excess.

4. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with non-stick spray. Place the apples on the lined cookie sheet, and place it in the refrigerator to harden.

5. Once the apples are hardened, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave according to the package directions (usually says to microwave on a lower power for 30 second intervals). Be careful not to burn the chocolate! It can happen very quickly in a microwave.

6. Put the toppings you wish to use on a dinner plate (marshmallows, sprinkles, nuts, etc.), and before the chocolate hardens, roll your Halloween candy apples around in them. The toppings will stick to the apples.

7. Place them back on the aluminum foil lined cookie sheet, and place in the fridge to harden again.

8. When hardened, place each apple in a clear treat bag, and secure at the bottom with a festive ribbon.

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