This recipe refresh on a caramel-covered classic will be the apple of any party guest’s eye. Watch the video below to get the how-to, brought to you by Evite in partnership with SNICKERS®, TWIX® and M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies.
- 6 apples
- 6 lollipop sticks or wooden treat sticks
- Parchment paper
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 2 cups white granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup of water
- Candy thermometer
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, divided
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
- 6 SNICKERS®, 6 TWIX®, or 3 cups M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies, finely chopped (or 2 SNICKERS®, 2 TWIX® and 1 cup of M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies if you want to make 2 of each)
Wash and dry apples thoroughly to remove all the wax. (Organic apples work nicely since they do not have any added wax coating.)
Insert lollipop sticks or wooden treat sticks into the stem end of apples and set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Heat a medium saucepan over low to medium heat and add the granulated sugar, corn syrup and water. Do not stir, but gently move the sugar and water around with a spoon until the sugar resembles wet sand. Place your candy thermometer into the pot and cook until the caramel is a light golden amber and the candy thermometer registers 230 degrees (soft-ball stage), about 15 to 20 minutes. Do not stir. If there are any splatters of sugar that stick to the sides of the pot, use a clean pastry brush dipped in cold water and brush them down. This will help keep the sugar from crystallizing.
Fill a large bowl with ice and set aside.
Turn off the heat. Slowly and carefully (the pot will be hot) whisk in half of the heavy cream (1/4 cup). The mixture will bubble violently. Stir until smooth and shiny.
Return to low heat and continue to cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Place the pot over the bowl of ice and carefully stir in the remaining cream, butter, vanilla and salt. Stir until completely combined and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes. The caramel is the right temperature when it is cool enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Dip the apples into the caramel to coat and allow the excess caramel to drip off. Set on parchment paper for a few minutes while you chop candy.
With a sharp knife, finely chop SNICKERS®, TWIX® or M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies. You can also make the candy crumbs in a food processor. Set crumbs in a small bowl. Leave out a few larger pieces of candy for decorating.
Roll in your desired candy topping, then place onto the prepared parchment paper and decorate with larger candy pieces. Let cool for 3 to 4 hours until set.