Getting in The Halloween Spirit With Chocolate Caramel Apples

This weekend, with our fruit trees in full bloom, we had a blast shaking, picking and finally filling our buckets with a colorful array of apples, figs, limes and pommegranites.  With so many apples, I asked Ethan what he'd like to make.  "Something with chocolate," was the expected response.  After searching the web as well as a few recipe books we decided to start Halloween early and make candy apples.  Our treats didn't look quite as nice as the photos on the fancy foodie blogs but I'm pretty confident the taste was just as good.  

These were super easy and as you can probably tell, the kids were able to do the majority of it which for us, was half the fun.  Here's what we used:


We got all the fixins' at Sur La Table.  We stuck lollipop sticks in the bottom of the apples and rolled them in caramel.  Then they went into the fridge for about an hour.  Next, we heated the chocolate a bit (along with a tablespoon of butter), rolled the caramel apples in the chocolate, decorated with sprinkles, chocolate chips etc and put them back in the fridge to harden.  As it pained us to waste any of the chocolate we decided to use the excess on a few strawberries.  An easy, enjoyable, delicious little sugar high which we'll be sure to repeat before the seasons end.