Dip in to scrumptious fun with a fall-flavored caramel apple making party.
Amanda Hope’s caramel apples are love at first bite! “I make more than 30 varieties for my home business and website grannsgourmetapples.com,” says Amanda, from Chuckey, Tennessee. “Nothing says fall fun like a caramel apple. Gooey-sweet outside and crisp-tart inside, they taste like autumn on a stick.”
Her apples travel across the country as holiday gifts, fundraisers and wedding favors. “With my two young daughters helping me, I think I have as much fun decorating them as customers do eating them,” she says.
A make-your-own caramel apple bar is an appealing idea for an autumn-themed party. Amanda offers these tasty tips.
Prepare the apples. Have fruit refrigerator-cold; it helps the caramel solidify. Wash and dry apples, and remove stems. Insert wooden skewers, craft sticks or chopsticks.
Make your dip. Use a slow cooker to make the caramel dip. Set temperature to low when you’re ready for people to start dipping.
Top it off. Set up individual bowls of toppings. End with melted chocolate (in a second slow cooker) to drizzle on with a spoon or fork.
Try these combos:
Crackerjack: peanuts and popcorn
S’mores: marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate
Apple pie: cinnamon, sugar, granola
Tropical: toasted coconut flakes, dried pineapple or mango bits
Asian: candied ginger, sesame seeds
Naturally good: trail mix or chopped dried fruit
Halloween: candy corn or crumbled candy bars
Jack-o’-lantern: cover with orange Reese’s pieces and use yellow ones to make a face (see photo above)
Sprinkles: in team colors, for homecoming or tailgating
Cookies & cream: crushed Oreos and white chocolate
Here’s an awesome caramel sauce to get your party started!
Photos by Kendall Mathes Photography