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Ghoulish Caramel Apples Recipe

Ghoulish Caramel Apples Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 4 large tart apples
  • 4 Popsicle sticks
  • 4 orange candy slices
  • 1 piece black rope licorice
  • 1 piece red rope licorice
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Dip one apple into caramel mixture, turning to coat. Place on prepared pan. Immediately decorate face 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.

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tdmcgarritycsm User ID: 4516069 131667
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2009

"I am going to try this recipe."

hhe User ID: 1548239 154008
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2008

"I loved this recipe. My husband (who hates caramel apples) even loved them. I sustituted cherry licorice in place of black licorice"

MissBetty User ID: 970614 131666
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2008

"These were horrible,all decorations ran off.Worked all day on them,the carmel just didn't do the job.WE tried to make 75 carmel apples and they looked terrible.What a dissapointment.And very messie."

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