- 10 Granny Smith apples
- 2 packages of individually wrapped caramels (14 ounces each), caramels unwrapped
- 4 tablespoons water
- 14 ounces melting chocolate or 14 ounces chocolate chips plus 1 tablespoon shortening
- Sprinkles and mini M&Ms, for decorating
- 10 craft sticks
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, dip the apples in boiling water for a second or two to remove any wax that may be present. This will help the caramel to stick to the apple and not slide off. Wipe dry and set the apples aside to cool. When cool, insert the craft sticks through the cores.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Place the unwrapped caramels and water in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir and continue cooking and stirring at 1-minute intervals until the caramel is melted and smooth. Let the caramel cool for 2-3 minutes, so the it will provide a thicker coating on the apples.
Hold each apple by the stick and dip in the caramel to coat. To coat as much of the apple as possible, twirl each apple on its side in the caramel. Set the coated apples on the baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes to set.
Melt the chocolate (or if you are using chocolate chips, melt the chocolate chips and shortening) in the microwave until melted and smooth, stirring frequently. Dip the apples into the chocolate to completely cover the caramel layer. Return to the baking sheet and decorate. Return to the refrigerator to set.
Wrap in individual treat bags once set. You can store in the refrigerator for up to a week.