This might seem a bit repetitive to you all, especially with the the picture (of that lovely, gorgeous specimen of the best apple variety to every grace this planet), but I can't help it. Apples might just be my favorite part of fall. No lie, I've bought 4 lbs before and eaten them all, with Handsome's help, in a week. Because we're champs like that.
I swear, though, it's not just apples. Nope. Here's a little picture of what I've been thinking about, to see if
you're not blind you can guess...
I'm so excited to make CARAMEL apples! When I had flown into SLC a few weeks ago, there was a Rocky Mountain Candy Factory stand in the airport. It seemed angels might just be singing. I love love love (and don't even hesitate) to spend some of my hard-earned per diem on a caramel apple for lunch. It's fresh, it's sweet, it makes me smile just thinking about it... in a word, D-lish. And then I remembered. I was doing #7. Which for me meant no candy. And while I wasn't sure if chocolate was actually a candy (don't judge, I worked it out), I knew that caramel was most definitely a candy. Which meant that caramel apples were most definitely not in my future. I'd have to waste my per diem on something else. (For the record, I also tried to snag an AA's Hot Pretzel, but they were out. Most disappointing airport food experience ever.)
Last year, for Handsome's birthday bash/Halloween party, we served, among other things, some caramel apple fondue. Oh. My. Lawd. It was heaven. You slice up a pretty little apple, dunk it in some sprite then dry it off (for anti-browning purposes), and stick it on a skewer. Then you make caramel, pour it in a crock pot, and keep it on low/warm. Dip and much to your heart's content. So good. Problem is, I cant' remember the recipe we used. So I started looking. And then I started finding. And now I have a slight obsession and want to try all the recipes I found.
In case you have the same
problem obsession love, I've gathered the caramel apple recipes here for you, too! Really, the recipes are just for the caramel parts, as God makes the apples. But whatevs. Oh, and I've taken the liberty of re-naming them. Because I can.