Monday, February 9, 2009

How to win friends and lose teeth

It was a perfect storm of generous cottage guests: Ilona brought the Kraft Caramels, Deborah brought the apples, Erin and Kirk brought the kid (the wonderful Declan) and, being good Canadians, there was a goodly supply of Smarties in the cupboard. 
How could we not make caramel apples?
The recipe is right off the Kraft package, which, by the way, also includes the handy wooden sticks. But here's one thing the package doesn't tell you: You must eat the candy apples the day you make them, because the caramel starts to weep off of the apples overnight, leading to a sad mess come morning. Not that these will stick around that long...
Wash and dry five apples thoroughly. Insert stick into stem of each. 
Microwave 1 pkg (340g) unwrapped Kraft Caramels with 2 Tbsp water in a large glass measure or mixing bowl on High for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes or until sauce is smooth when stirred.
Dip apples into hot caramel sauce and turn until coated. Scrape off excess sauce from bottom of apples and decorate. Place on tray lined with waxed paper.
Refrigerate until serving time.
Optional: Roll in chopped peanuts, crushed Oreos, drizzle with chocolate or press in some Smarties. 

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