Monday, November 9, 2009

Caramel Apple Crazy

Two years ago I had my first foray into making caramel apples. I had a lot of fun making them and had fully planned to repeat it last year, but things were just too hectic to squeeze it in. This year, however, I planned ahead and set a side an entire day to make these. Because I'm nuts, I thought making an even 3 dozen would be good and so they wouldn't be too plain, I opted to use this decorating recipe. Go big or go home, right?

First, the apples took a water bath to get all the wax and gunk off their surface.

Next, they took a dip in some thick and luscious caramel.

After that, it was time for a chocolate paint job.

For a little seasonal flair, a drizzle of orange-tinted white chocolate and a sprinkle of sugar ghosts.
To complete the look, a plastic baggie, orange polka dot ribbon and a tag.

The best part of the night, though, was when Jim came in to play DJ and we had a dance party in the kitchen. He even paused his dancing to serenade me.

Eventually, he wanted in on the action, too. I gave him the last apple, which we we're going to keep, to decorate. Pretty funny.

By the time it came for the sprinkling of the ghosts, he was totally channeling Emeril Lagasse. Bam!

Everyone was pretty excited to get these. I was very flattered when the big boss at my office was completely convinced that I had purchased them all. She came by my desk three separate times that day to thank me and to say how she couldn't believe that I had made them. Another co-worker said she shared it with her neice and they decided it was the best caramel apple they had ever eaten. ::blushing:: Now I just have to figure out how to up the ante for next year. :)

17 comments:

Nanette said...

GORGEOUS!

Winnie said...

These are so pretty! I love the last few Jim pictures. Hilarious. I've been wanting to make them for the holidays for a few years. I may have to take the plunge this year :)

The Lazy Housewife said...

These were SERIOUSLY amazing...although I must admit I did mostly only eat the chocolate/caramel coating.

Ann Marie said...

This was so yummy. Thanks again!

A Feminist Gold Digger said...

Those pics made me laugh.

weezermonkey said...

These look so great! I looooove caramel apples!

kim said...

Oh my. I would KILL for one (or two) of those. I have been wanting a caramel apple forever!

Tameka said...

Delicioso! That thing did not survive 12 hours in my house! Thank you again, it was incredible!

That Girl said...

These look so fabulous - but I totally understand how time consuming they are. I am purposely avoiding anything dipped this holiday season for lack of time.

honey my heart said...

they look sweet and yummy :) i always like to think they're 'healthy' because of the apple aspect.

Baby Mama said...

I'm totally drooling right now!! I wish I had your skills!

Violet said...

I really thought about making caramel apples for people this holiday season, but yours put me to shame.

alyssa said...

Love it! What a great treat to pass out to friends and co-workers!

Leslie said...

Those are totally works of art, and tasty too, I bet. :)

Jen said...

Those look amazing!! Love the pics of Jim singing!

tam pham said...

me...drooling..

lovechilde said...

ooooh emmm geee! Those look AMAZING!! Too beautiful to eat yet so irresistable.