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Ghoulish Caramel Apples

 Ghoulish Caramel Apples
Guests will have almost as much fun trimming these gooey, caramel-apple characters as they’ll have biting into them! Wilma Bailey shares the sweet treats from Sedona, Arizona. TIP: Be sure to start with the apples at room temperature because the caramel tends to slip off on chilled apples.
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 large tart apples
  • 4 Popsicle sticks
  • 4 orange candy slices
  • 1 piece black rope licorice
  • 1 piece red rope licorice
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 3 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 8 Skittles bite-size candies
  • 1 tube decorating icing in color of your choice, optional
  • 4 gumdrops

Directions

  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry apples. Insert a Popsicle stick into the top
  • of each; set aside.
  • For eyes, cut candy slices horizontally in half. For eyebrows, cut
  • black licorice in half lengthwise; cut each half into four 2-in.
  • pieces. For mouths, cut red licorice into sixteen 1/4-in. pieces.
  • For hair, tint coconut with food coloring if desired.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, heat caramels and cream, uncovered, on high
  • for 1 minute; stir. Microwave 30-45 seconds longer or until melted;
  • stir until smooth.
  • Dip one apple into caramel mixture, turning to coat. Place on

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Ghoulish Caramel Apples (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • prepared pan. Immediately decorate faces with candy slices and
  • licorice pieces. For eyes, press Skittles into caramel below candy
  • slices or attach to candy slices with decorating icing if desired.
  • For nose, press a gumdrop into caramel. Sprinkle coconut on top for
  • hair. Repeat with remaining apples, rewarming caramel mixture if
  • needed. Yield: 4 servings.