Just in time for those of you who want to make something special for your favorite trick-or-treaters.
Homemade Gourmet Caramel Apple Recipe
Heat caramel in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals to avoid scorching. Be careful! That is hot, boiling, sticky, sugar! Hot hot hot! Keep the caramel warm by placing the bowl on top of two towels that are laid on top of your frying pan, set on low heat.
Make a small cut in the apple where you would like the stick to go, and put the stick into the apple.
Dip 1 apple into about 150°F caramel, submerging it. Lift the apple out, allowing the excess caramel to drip back into the bowl. Turn the apple up and hold it for several seconds to help set the caramel around the apple. Place this coated apple on greased foil. Repeat with remaining apples and caramel, spacing apples apart (caramel will pool on foil).
Let the apples cool for about 5 minutes. Push the caramel that has pooled around the apple back up against the apple.
You can choose to decorate warm caramel with chocolate chips, red hot candies, nuts, toffee, sprinkles or other fun things.
Firmly press decorations into the caramel, then return each apple to the foil. Another option is to dip caramel-coated apples into melted chocolate, allowing the excess to drip off, and then rolling them in nuts or candy. For something different, take a candy painting bottle, and drizzle melted chocolate over caramel-coated apples and sprinkle with decorations.
Chill until decorations are set, about 1 hour. Cover. Chill up to 1 week.