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Ultimate Caramel Apples

 Ultimate Caramel Apples
I have such a sweet tooth that I’ve been known to make a dessert just to satisfy my craving. One day when I was in the mood for caramel, I came up with these fun treats. —Clarissa Loyd, Mineral Wells, Texas
6 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Cook: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 6 medium Red Delicious apples
  • 6 Popsicle sticks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pinch baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, chopped, divided
  • 3 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

Directions

  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry apples. Insert a Popsicle stick into each;
  • place on prepared pan. Chill.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water;
  • bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in
  • baking soda. Stir in butter until melted; gradually add cream,
  • stirring constantly. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads
  • 242° (firm-ball stage). Remove from heat and cool to 200°.
  • Place 1/4 cup pistachios in a shallow dish. Dip apples into caramel
  • mixture until completely coated, then dip the bottom of each in

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Ultimate Caramel Apples (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • pistachios. Return to baking sheet; chill.
  • In a microwave, melt white chocolate; stir until smooth. Transfer to
  • a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a
  • corner of bag. Drizzle over apples. Repeat with semisweet chocolate.
  • Sprinkle tops with remaining pistachios if desired. Chill until set.
  • Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 577 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 209 mg sodium, 105 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein.