Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's that Caramel Apple time of year!

Nothing to me screams fall more than caramel apples and other apple desserts. Since I'm planning on making some caramel apple treats this weekend, I thought I'd share some fabulous caramel apple ideas with y'all!

First and foremost, caramel apples themselves...this picture just speaks for itself. I have a recipe further on down the page!

Next, caramel apple cider. This is the perfect drink for warming up on cold autumn nights! Here's how I make mine:
I use apple cider (not apple juice) and add some caramel candies in a saucepan. I heat on medium heat and stir until the caramel melts and its hot. Then I pour it in a mug, top with whipped cream, and drizzle some cinnamon or caramel sauce on top. Adding spiced rum like Captain Morgan or Sailor Jerry's is also amazing!

Have y'all ever had a caramel apple martini?
If not I strongly recommend them! Here's how to make these at home:
Rim glass with cinnamon sugar mix (I wet the rim with apple cider first so it sticks)
Combine 1 ounce of Butterscotch schnapps, 2 ounces of vodka, and a splash of apple cider, shake over ice in a shaker, strain into glass. So delicious!

Speaking of amazing caramel apple treats, have y'all seen these yet:
Caramel apple Hershey Kisses! I saw them at Target in Knoxville when I was visiting Jim and actually picked up the Pumpkin Spice flavor, but after seeing how amazing they look I will definitely be trying these.
The pumpkin spice flavor was really good! They were very sweet so I only had a few at a time but absolutely helped my craving for pumpkin sweets.
They also make Candy Corn flavored Kisses also! I'm not a huge fan of candy corn but I bet these are great for those of you who do!

If you don't have time to bake any apple treats, your house can still smell like you just had an apple pie come out of the oven!
I bet if you combine this candle:
With this candle:
You would have a caramel apple scented home! I know Walmart actually sells a caramel apple scented candle (that smells amazing) but I couldn't find a picture of it.

Last fall, my roommate, her Pi Phi sister, and I made caramel and candy apples...
We used the caramel apple kit instead of making the caramel ourselves (which I do not recommend...the recipe I have below is simple and the results are much better).
Here's Randall and Katie Jo making candy apples!
Hahaha :)

Paula Deen's Caramel Apples!
6 apples with stems removed
14 oz package caramel candies, unwrapped
2 tablespoons of milk

Press a craft popsicle stick into the top of each apple. Butter a baking sheet (or use wax paper) and set aside. Either microwave the caramels and milk or heat by stovetop (I prefer stovetop), stirring occasionally. Coat the apples with a thick, even coat of caramel and set to harden on baking sheet. If you want to add chocolate chips, peanuts, pretzel pieces, anything to your apple, roll in topping before the caramel sets.
Super easy and really delicious!

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  1. now I'm craving caramel apples!!

  2. I'm with Leslie- same here!!
    I have GOT to try your drink recipes!

  3. Anything with Paula Dean's name on it must be good in my book! Can't wait to try out your recipes!

  4. dear miss ashley...i'm SO glad you left a comment on my blog so i could find yours! i absolutely love caramel apples...but haven't made them myself. does that little tub of caramel dip count? because i know i've polished off a few of those in my life! your post said you came to to stage a meetup next time you're in town? love your blog! xoxo

  5. Caramel apples, yum! I love anything with caramel! This post makes me want to raid the pantry and get cooking. And your latest JS post, haha! Not a quality show, but so addicting!