Candy Caramel Apple Slices

From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner


popsicle sticks

3-4 med-large apples (I used a combo of green and red)

1 (11.5 oz.) bag chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate)

1 Tbl. shortening or coconut oil

1/2 c. caramel bits

1/2 c. white chocolate chips

Around 1- 1 1/2 cups of crushed candy


Optional Candy:

chocolate toffee bits

M&M's

chopped white chocolate pretzels

sprinkles

crushed OREOS

chopped candy bars


Wash and dry the apples very well.  Water does not work well with melted chocolate, so make sure they are very dry.  Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds until mixture is smooth and creamy (It's easiest for me to melt half of the chocolate and shortening and spread on the apples and then melt the other half).  


Place un-peeled apples upright on a cutting board and cut into 1/2'' slices.  You should get two slices on each side of the core.  Then you can cut the ends of the core and end up with two small wedges.  You should end up with around four larger slices and two small wedges per apple.  Or, you can really slice the apple however you prefer.  Using a paring knife, make a small cut onto the bottom of each apple slice and insert a popsicle stick.  


Spread melted chocolate over each apple slice, making sure to cover the exposed apple completely.  It doesn't have to look perfect, because once you add the toppings you can't even tell.  Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, about 15 minutes.  Don't skip the parchment or the apples will really stick to the pan.  When chocolate has hardened, remove apples from refrigerator.  


Melt the caramel bits according to package directions, you will need to add a small amount of water and melt the white chocolate chips in a separate small dish in the microwave.  Then, drizzle both over each apple slice.  Immediately top with candy of choice.  You want to do this pretty quickly before the white chocolate and caramel harden.  Then, refrigerate until set and serve.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator.  Best if eaten within 1-2 days.