Caramel Apple Slices are a delicious twist on a fall classic that is easier to eat & enjoy at parties or just for fun!
*UPDATE 2017: I have a new post filled with Caramel Apple Slices Tips and Tricks You Need to Know with over 10 tips to ensure your Caramel Apple Slices turn out perfectly every time! And a recipe for S’mores Apple Slices!
**UPDATE 2018: This 2015 recipe reached 1 million Pinterest pins in 2017, so to celebrate I have updated the pictures but kept this tried & true recipe the same!
It’s caramel apple season again!!
I love caramel apples, but I always have to use a knife to cut them because they are so hard to take bites out of when they are topped with caramel & other goodies.
And of course, that can be a frustrating & sticky mess.
While Mini Caramel Apples are really cute, I just don’t have the time or patience to deal with gravity & those little caramel apple balls.
And I know you don’t either!
Plus, they are so 2013. Right?
But I still desire to eat my caramel apples with ease & enjoyment.
My inspiration for these caramel apple pops was from a picture of a sprinkle & chocolate covered apple slice, but when I clicked through it showed a candy apple recipe & the picture was nowhere to be found in the article.
I didn’t even bother looking at the recipe, I was pretty upset by the deception.
So I decided to fix the situation by doing some caramel apple slice testing & I was determined to come up with a solution that would make eating caramel apples so much easier.
With a little trial & error, of course.
One of the perks of blogging is that I get to do a lot of testing & experimenting in the kitchen.
So luckily I had already learned from my experiences with Mini Caramel Apples that I couldn’t simply cover the apple slices in caramel because it would weep right off of the exposed apple without setting.
Everything began smoothly.
I cut a few of the apple slices a little too thin & the sticks popped out.
Oops! But that is what the testing stage of a recipe is for, smoothing out the kinks & perfecting the recipe!
The chocolate apple slices hardened within a few minutes, but the butterscotch apple slices took about 10-15 minutes to harden.
I decided to let them sit for an extra hour because I wanted to see if they would weep through & cause the coating to fall off before I proceeded with the caramel.
When I got home I noticed a few tiny drops of apple tears from the chocolate dipped apple slices, which was no big deal. But the butterscotch covered apple slices seemed to be weeping quite a bit more.
I wiped up all the liquid, set to the side the apple slices that were too weepy & falling apart, & proceeded to the caramel step.
And that’s when I realized my original plan was not going to work.
The first one was my fault, I poured hot caramel on top of my chocolate apple…
Majorly bad idea!
Seriously, what was I thinking??
So then I popped my apple slices in the freezer for 5 minutes while I let my caramel cool & thicken. I then tried again with the same results.
I then decided to do the next best thing, drizzle lots of caramel on top of my apple slices.
And guess what? This worked!
So I continued with this caramel process on all of my apple slices & topped them with my favorite toppings.
I even drizzled a few with melted Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers to create a nice color contrast.
So success was mine!
The problem was that it was too late in the afternoon to take correctly lighted pictures & my husband was on his way home & I knew he wouldn’t be able to resist these Caramel Apple Slices.
So I quickly made up a few extra caramel apple pops with the apple slices I had cut too thin & set them aside for my husband & I for a fun after dinner fall dessert.
I decided to leave my pretty apple caramel slices in the fridge overnight for safekeeping with the hopes that they would last overnight (& not weep/fall apart) so that I could take pictures of them in the morning.
And now I know these Caramel Apple Slices will last overnight & can be made ahead of time (although I recommend making & eating them the same day)!
They have now sat on my table for about 2 hours, after having spent the night in my fridge, & while the majority have held up, a few have started to weep, causing pieces of the coating to slide off.
That’s pretty amazing! Right?
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So here are 5 recommendations to help ensure perfect Caramel Apple Slices:
- Cut thick apple slices so that the stick stays secure. Approximately 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick works great.
- Make sure to pat down each apple slice really well with a towel to soak up any extra apple juice.
- Allow some of the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers to drip off of the apple slice & onto the stick. This will act as a sort of edible glue that holds the stick & apple together.
- Drizzle slightly cooled melted caramel bits on your Caramel Apple Slices so that the chocolate doesn’t melt off.
- I also recommend that you make them & eat them on the same day. The longer they sit the greater the chance for a weeping caramel apple slice, which will cause the yummy coating to break or slide off in some areas.
Caramel Apple Slices
Caramel Apple Slices are the easiest way to enjoy your favorite treat this fall!
- White or Wooden Lollipop Sticks
- Melting Chocolate (*1)
- Toppings – optional
- First, wash & slice your apples, remove the seeds, insert the stick at the bottom, & pat the apple slices dry.
- Cover each apple slice in melted chocolate & place on a piece of wax paper to harden. Continue this process until all of your apples are covered in chocolate & have hardened.
- Next, drizzle the caramel & other toppings on top of your apple slices.
- Let harden & enjoy! (*2)
- *1. You could alternatively use butterscotch on your thicker slices of apples, but you should be aware that the butterscotch does not harden as well as the chocolate & could result in weeping apples & the butterscotch falling off.
- *2. These Sliced Caramel Apples can be made the day before & left in your fridge on wax paper until you need them the next day. Just don’t forget to note the 5 tips below.
- 1. Cut thick apple slices so the stick stays secure in the slice. Approximately 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick works great.
- 2. Make sure to pat down the apple slices to soak up any extra apple juice.
- 3. Allow some of the chocolate to drip onto the stick, this will act as a sort of edible glue that holds the stick & apple together.
- 4. Use slightly cooled caramel so that the chocolate doesn’t melt off the apple slices.
- 5. I also recommend that you make them & eat them in the same day. The longer they sit the greater chance for a weeping caramel apple slice, which will cause the yummy coating to break or slide off in some areas.
I’ve decided that these Caramel Apple Slices are the easiest way to enjoy this classic fall dessert!
They make great party treats & are a simple twist on a favorite fall recipe that everyone can enjoy!
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