It is Apple Season! Yes, fall is definitely here in northern California.
So, on our annual trek, I picked up a peck of Pink Ladies, a really crunchy sweet-tart apple. Perfect for caramel apples. I always dip my caramel apples in dark chocolate and roll them in salted peanuts, as you can see on the left, but this year I had a request from the peanut gallery. Skor Bars! I chopped them up, combined them with the peanuts and studded the apples with the mixture. Wow!
I used Skor Bars because they’re harder and crunchier than Heath Bars. But, of course, if you like a softer toffee, feel free to use Heath instead. They’re equally good on the scrummy scale.
This recipe makes quite a few large caramel apples, so I like to share them. The day after I made these, we had to pick up our wines from our wine club, so I thought I’d surprise our friends, Randy and Tina Rossi, who are the owners of Saluti Cellars in Somerset, California. If you’re ever go wine tasting in the area, please visit them. Their vineyard and winery is absolutely postcard beautiful with neatly manicured lawns, serene pond, and rolling hills of grapes. It’s no wonder many weddings are held there. And their wines? Well, we have been known to buy cases at a time from them, so yes, they have outstanding wines. Gale has even labeled their Estate Syrah as “jewelry.” It’s that special. Anyway, I hope they found their Chocolatey Caramel Apples with Toffee Crunch special too!
Makes about 15
- 15 apples, washed, dried with stems removed
- 15 wooden apple sticks or apple skewers
- 2 pkgs. Wilton’s Dark Chocolate Candy Melts
- about ½ cup of Wilton’s White Candy Melts
- 15 Skor Bars, rough chopped, but chunky
- 2½ cups peanuts, rough chopped
- ½ cup butter (not margarine)
- 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 – 14 oz. can condensed milk
- candy thermometer
Push the sticks into the apple tops and set aside. Combine the chopped Skor Bars and chopped peanuts in a shallow bowl and set aside.
Follow package directions for melting the chocolate in the microwave. I found using a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup is the perfect size container for dipping the apples. Dip each caramel apple, scraping off some of the chocolate from the bottom of the apple. Sprinkle the candy and peanut mixture on the bottom half of the apple. As you turn it, some of it falls off, so just keep turning the apple and press more mixture onto the chocolate. Set on cookie sheet to harden.
Melt the white candy melts in the microwave. Pour it into a small Ziploc bag. Seal it and cut off a tiny piece of one corner. Drizzle stripes all over the apples. Set aside to harden.
*Note: In the picture, I slipped a striped straw over the wooden stick.