Caramel Apple Slices are a delicious twist on a fall classic that is easier to eat and 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 and 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 and other goodies.
And of course, that can be a frustrating and sticky mess.
While Mini Caramel Apples are really cute, I just don’t have the time or patience to deal with the gravity and 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 and enjoyment.
My inspiration for these caramel apple pops was from a picture of a sprinkle and chocolate-covered apple slice, but when I clicked through it showed a candy apple recipe and 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 and I was determined to come up with a solution that would make eating caramel apples so much easier.
With a little trial and error, of course.
One of the perks of blogging is that I get to do a lot of testing and 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 and the sticks popped out.
Oops! But that is what the testing stage of a recipe is for, smoothing out the kinks and 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 and 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 and falling apart, and 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 and 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 and topped them with my favorite toppings.
I even drizzled a few with these white chocolate 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 and my husband was on his way home and 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 and set them aside for my husband and me 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 (and 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 and can be made ahead of time (although I recommend making and eating them the same day)!
They have now sat on my table for about 2 hours, after having spent the night in my fridge, and 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 Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers to drip off of the apple slice and onto the stick. This will act as a sort of edible glue that holds the stick and 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 and 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!
- First, wash and slice your apples, remove the seeds, insert the stick at the bottom, and pat the apple slices dry.
- Cover each apple slice in melted chocolate and place on a piece of wax paper to harden. Continue this process until all of your apples are covered in chocolate and have hardened.
- Next, drizzle the caramel and other toppings on top of your apple slices.
- Let harden and 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 and could result in weeping apples and the butterscotch falling off.
- *2. These Sliced Caramel Apples can be made the day before and 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 and 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 and eat them on 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 and are a simple twist on a favorite fall recipe that everyone can enjoy!
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