Place your caramel bits into a microwave-safe bowl, and add two tablespoons of water. Place the bowl in the microwave for two minutes on HIGH. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir until the caramel bits are completely melted.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to use a microwave, you can also place the caramel bits in a medium saucepan and use a stove to melt the caramel. Add the two tablespoons of water and place the saucepan on a burner set at medium-low heat for three minutes. Stir the caramel bits constantly until they are completely melted.
Next, act quickly and dip the apples in the caramel. Use a spoon to evenly coat the apples and make sure their entire surface is covered with caramel. Allow excess caramel to drip off back into your bowl or saucepan. Handle with care as the caramel will be very hot.
To add some extra flavor or texture to your caramel apples, add some fun sprinkles. While the caramel is still hot, spread the sprinkles on a plate and roll your apples across them. You can also use crushed nuts, toffee, or M&Ms for a similar, flavor-enhancing effect.
Place the caramel-covered apples on your wax paper covered plate(s). Refrigerate for at least one hour. Remove your caramel apples from your refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.
Voila! There you have it: A tasty Halloween themed treat you can enjoy all year long!
Tim Burns is the father of 9-year-old twins. He blogs about the adventures of parenting from a fun-loving dad's perspective at ageekdaddy.com. A connoisseur of comic books and remote control cars, he enjoys family road trips and is an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
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