I happen to be a HUGE fan of caramel apples. But as my friends and I discussed at a local Apple Festival this year — caramel apples seem so much more enjoyable (and easier to bite into!) when the apples are sliced instead of whole. So when I saw this recipe recently in “Taste of Home”, I knew I had to give it a try!
But in addition to topping the apples with caramel, they also suggest melting some marshmallows for an extra sweet drizzle, and then sprinkling them with chocolate chips and chopped peanuts. I ended up taking a shortcut and just using caramel sauce (like you buy for ice cream) instead of unwrapping and melting a bag of caramels. But chose to stick with their simple topping ingredients, since those happen to be favorites. If you want to branch out, though, I’ve included a list of other fun topping ideas below.
Let’s just say — I think this was my speediest photography job yet. Click. Click. Eat. YUM. :)
A new way to enjoy a crisp caramel apple… you will love this Apple Nachos recipe!
5 medium tart apples (I used Granny Smith), peeled, cored and sliced very thin
juice of 1–2 lemons
1 jar caramel sauce (or melt together 36 caramels and 1 Tbsp. water in microwave)
30 large marshmallows
1/3 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup chopped peanuts, walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
After slicing the apples, immediately dip them in lemon juice (or give them a good sprinkle) so that they do not brown. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt marshmallows and butter over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove and set aside.
Arrange apple slices on a large platter. Drizzle with caramel, and then with the melted marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle with peanuts and chocolate chips. Serve immediately while the caramel is still warm.