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Candy and chocolate covered apple slices on sticks on a white marble surface.

Candy Apple Slices

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Super easy to make, these apple slices are drizzled with caramel and chocolate and then sprinkled with candy. It's a great project to do with kids for Halloween, Christmas, or a birthday party since you can choose different candies depending on the occasion. 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices

Ingredients

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  • 2 large granny smith apples
  • 1 cup soft caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, semisweet or milk
  • 1 cup mini M&Ms
  • Popsicle or lollipop sticks (see Notes below)
  • A few tablespoons of coconut oil or paramount crystals, if needed

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  2. Slice granny smith apples into about 1/2 inch wide slices. You should be able to get between 3-5 slices, depending on how large your apple is. 
  3. Use a paper towel to remove moisture on each side of the apple slices.
  4. Use a sharp knife to cut a slit into the apple base and slide the popsicle stick into it. 
  5. Remove any exposed seeds and lay down apples onto the baking sheet.
  6. Melt the soft caramels in a microwave-safe bowl for 30-second increments, stirring between, until melted.
  7. Work quickly: especially when drizzling caramel as it solidifies fast. 
  8. Use a spoon to spread the caramel on the apples, and let the caramel sit for a minute to set a bit. 
  9. Melt the chocolate chips as you did the caramel.
  10. Slowly add paramount crystals (or coconut oil) to thin out the chocolate to make it easier to use. 
  11. Spread or drizzle the chocolate on top of the caramel. 
  12. While the chocolate is still hot, drop the M&Ms onto the top of the chocolate. 
  13. Place the pan in the fridge to help the chocolate and caramel set.

Notes

  • Organization: read the recipe first and ensure you have ingredients at the right temperatures, equipment needed, and enough workspace. This will make the process so much easier!
  • Popsicle or lollipop sticks: you can buy them as popsicle craft sticks or lollipop plastic sticks online. The latter are usually easier to insert into the apple slices.
  • Brown apples: after a while, cut apples start to turn brown. To avoid browning, brush lemon juice (a small amount) on the exposed surface (bottom part) after the apple is assembled.
  • Excess moisture: be sure to blot the apple slices, or the caramel and chocolate will not stick on the apples.
  • Do they keep well? Not really, as the apple slices turn brown. These are best eaten just as they set or within a few hours.
  • Variation: use different types of candy according to the occasion. Many of them come in different colors depending on the holiday, green and red for Christmas, pastel colors for Easter, etc.
  • Caramel and chocolate: you can use just one. Or vary the type of chocolate.
  • How to thin chocolate: as I mentioned before, chocolate sometimes needs to be thinned to drizzle easily. For this, I use coconut oil. Another way is mixing it with paramount crystals after it's melted. It's an ingredient extensively used in the candy-making industry. 
  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Candy - Sweets
  • Method: Cutting + melting