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Gourmet Caramel Apples

 Gourmet Caramel Apples
These drizzled confections look gorgeous and taste over-the-top yummy. With peanut butter flavor and a salty burst, they’ll be the treats you can’t wait to make each year. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
4 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 4 large tart apples
  • 4 Popsicle sticks
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4-1/2 ounces white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1 package (11 ounces) Kraft caramel bits
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 pretzel rods, coarsely crushed
  • 1/2 cup Reese's pieces

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.
  • Place chocolate chips in separate microwave-safe bowls. Heat in a
  • microwave until melted; stir until smooth. In another microwave-safe
  • bowl, melt candy coating and shortening; stir until smooth.
  • Combine caramels and water in another microwave-safe bowl. Heat in a
  • microwave until melted; stir until smooth. Dip apples into caramel;
  • turn to coat. Immediately press pretzels and Reese's pieces into
  • sides of apples. Drizzle melted chocolate and candy coating over
  • tops. Place on prepared pan; let stand until set. Yield: 4 servings.