These easy to make Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples are sure to please all the kids this Halloween, including the kids-at-heart!
Put away the candy thermometer because you won't need it to make these charming caramel apples. With only two bags of Werther's original chewy caramels, a bit of evaporated milk, and some food coloring you'll be rocking these Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples in no time.
I can hardly believe that it's almost Halloween. I'm not especially a great lover of dressing in costume or in decorating our home with all sorts of spooky decorations. I decorate more for fall with corn stalks, pumpkins and garden mums, than with tombstones, ghosts and witches. This way you get more bang-for-your-buck because you can keep all the decorations out through Thanksgiving.
I'm also not especially a fan of gross and gory Halloween foods, even though you'd never suspect it from past Halloween recipes I've shared here on the blog. Recipes like...
Or, I may throw you off just a bit with how I've edited my Facebook profile picture this year.
HaHaHa. See? I'm more about cutesy! *insert evil laughter here* Yeah, right!
Well, at least these Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples are cute, and really easy to make too. Here, let me show you how...
Yield: 4 caramel apples Hands on Time: 30 minutes
4 large honey crisp apples (or your favorite variety)
2 packages Werther's Original chewy caramels, unwrapped
2½ tablespoons evaporated milk
orange, black and green food coloring
1 cup flaked coconut
4 long lollipop sticks
paint brush for painting the faces
-Insert the lollipop sticks into the washed and dried apples. Set aside.
-In a small bowl, mix together the coconut with a few drops of green food coloring until you've reached your desired shade of green. Set aside.
-Place the caramels in a microwave safe bowl along with the evaporated milk. Microwave on medium power for 1-2 minutes and stir until the caramels are smooth and melted. Stir in several drops of orange food color until you've reached your desired shade of orange.
-Dip the apples into the colored caramel, swirling to coat. Remove the apple from the caramel and allow the excess to drip off, and back into the bowl.
-Dip the bottom of the apple into the green coconut and place each dipped apple on a parchment lined baking sheet to dry. Allow to dry for 20 minutes.
-In a very small bowl, blend 1 drop of black food coloring with 1 tablespoon water. Use a paintbrush and the diluted black food color to paint the jack-o-lantern faces on the caramel coated apples. *Note - I found it easiest to paint on the caramel apples if you raise up the baking sheet or plate using several books instead of having to bend over.
-Place the painted apples on a platter with the remaining green coconut. Serve.
Speaking of cute Halloween decorations...How about a little more Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin cheer?
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Labels: apples, caramel apples, food and craft, food coloring, Halloween food, jack-o-lanterns, kid favorites, painting on food, party food