Last night, I got in the Halloween spirit with great friends, good food, an abundance of pumpkins, and some very sticky apples…
Our plan for the evening was to have a handful of friends over to make caramel apples and carve pumpkins. While the pumpkins were a huge success, our caramel apples were more deconstructed than glazed.
Even so, we had a great time, had some great laughs, and our caramel apples tasted just as good as any!
So, how did I make these deconstructed caramel apples?
Starting the evening with a veggie platter and sweet wine, I readied the caramel apple station. I bought a couple dozen green apples and wooden skewers, which I cut down several inches. These I needed to put in my apples. Using a hammer (these weren’t going in without a fight), I made sure they were in the apple at least a couple inches lest they came loose. With the apples ready, I put them off to the side.
Next, I unwrapped three bags of bite-sized caramels. In a non-stick pan, I emptied small piles of the caramel, and with low burning heat, I let them slowly melt. Stirring occasionally (I had to keep a semi-consistent eye on them), I added water when necessary and brought them down to a thick liquid. [Looking back, I would’ve used less water…]
In the meantime, I took a bag full of peanuts and broke them down to a crumble with a cutting board and hammer. Once crumbled, I put them in a dressing bowl by the apples.
Lastly, I grabbed a pan and placed a sheet of wax paper down. I put this in easy reach of the caramel and the peanuts on the unused stove burners.
On to the fun part…
We took turns coating our apples. Grabbing the apple by the wooden skewer, we held it inside the caramel pan (which was still on low heat) and using a wooden spoon, we evenly coated our apples. After letting the caramel drip off the bottom for a couple of seconds, we quickly brought it over to the peanuts. Firmly laying the apple down, we rolled the peanuts over as much of the apple as we could.
We had, although not the most aesthetically pleasing, some of the most sweet-tasting deconstructed caramel apples, and we had a great time making/eating them!