These Caramel Apple Slices bring are the perfect treat for anyone who loves candy apples but likes less of the apple and more of the candy that comes with it. Each slice is the perfect bite of caramel, chocolate and your favourite toppings!
When I was a kid I used to love getting candy apples but not for the apple! I would eat all around the edges gobbling up the caramel and other candy and leave 90% of the apple intact. Almost like I just peeled the apple with my teeth!
My mom and dad would of course tell me the whole apple was the dessert. But let’s face it it was all a ruse to get me to eat fruit! But then again I am not much better. I have been known to make these Halloween Monster Apple Snacks to incite fruit consumption!
So in an homage to my childhood candy apple fantasies where candy is king I share with you these Chocolate Candy Apple Slices!
Ingredients & Subsitutions
- Green apples – The larger the better so you can get some larger apple slices. Honey Crisp apples will work well too.
- Caramels – Wrapped caramels work the best and are the fastest way to make these but you can also make homemade caramel if you have the time.
- Milk/Cream (sorry forgot this in the picture) – This will loosen up the caramels and keep them from sticking and burning to the bottom of the pot when melting.
- Chocolate – I used a combination of semi-sweet and white chocolate chips.
- Coconut oil (Optional) – add a small amount to the melted chocolate if you find that it is too thick to drizzle.
- Toppings – really anything you like!
How to Make Caramel Apple Slices
Cut each green apple into 1/2 inch slices. Only get as close to the core as possible without cutting into it. You don’t want the seeds or a hole in the centre of your apple slices. Discard the cores.
Then use a paper towel pat the apple slices down the front and back to soak up as much of the apple juice as possible. If the apples are wet the caramel won’t stick to them.
Add the unwrapped caramel pieces to a small pot along with the milk or cream. Stir often over medium-low heat to prevent burning and to speed up the melting process. Mix until the caramels are melted, the milk is incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate you wish to use in a small microwave bowl using a low or melt setting. Stir until the chocolate is smooth.
If you find the chocolate is too thick to drizzle add a 1/2 teaspoon at a time of coconut oil to the chocolate and mix. Continue this process until the chocolate becomes the desired consistency. You don’t want it too runny because when it cools it will thicken up. Only thin enough to drizzle.
Place the apple slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Add the melted caramel to the top of each. I use two spoons. One to hold the apple down with and the other to spread the caramel.
You will need to work fast because as the caramel cools spreading the caramel becomes more difficult.
Place the caramel topped apples in the freezer for about 5 minutes to cool the caramel down enough to easily add the toppings.
Then using clean spoons, drizzle the chocolate over the cooled caramel apples.
Sprinkle your favourite toppings and pop them back in the freezer for another 5 minutes or so to allow the chocolate to stiffen up.
I recommend serving these candy apple slices right away. If left too long the apples will start to oxidize and turn brown. Also, the apple juice remaining in the apples will seep out and cause the apples to become soggy.
Still totally edible either way but less pretty!
- Chopped peanuts
- Candy coated chocolate chips
- Chocolate chips
- Slivered almonds
- Coloured sprinkles
- Caramel pieces
- Peanut butter drizzle
- Peanut butter chips
- Chopped chocolate bar pieces
How to keep apples from Browning
There are a number of ways to do this but the best method I have found is soaking the apples in a mixture of lemon water. Just add one tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of water and let them soak for about 5 minutes. There are lots of other ways to keep apples from browning but this is what I find easiest.
One thing to note though is that by soaking the apple slices in water you are adding moisture. That is why I recommend that for this recipe the apples be sliced and prepared just before eating so that they stay crispy.
Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices
- 3 large green apples
- 280 g wrapped caramel pieces
- 2 tbsp milk/cream
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
- 1-2 tsp coconut oil optional
- desired toppings
- Slice the green apples into 1/2" inch slices avoiding the core.
- Dry the apple slices using paper towels to soak up as much moisture as possible.
- Add the caramels and the milk to a small pot and melt over medium-low heat mixing until smooth.
- Place the apple slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Top each apple slice with the melted caramel and then place the caramel topped apples in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm up the caramel.
- In separate microwave-safe bowls melt the chocolate in the microwave using a low or melt setting. Do not over heat or you will burn the chocolate. Stir the warmed chocolate until smooth. If the chocolate is too thick to drizzle add in a 1/2 tsp of coconut oil at a time if needed to loosen up the chocolate enough to drizzle.
- Drizzle the chocolate over the caramel topped apple slices and then top with your favourite toppings. Place the baking sheet with the apples back in the freezer for 5 minutes to harden up the chocolate. Serve immediately.