Just remember to cut them with a knife, not your teeth!

  • 1½ bags of melting caramels (or make your own caramel mixture)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 bag each of white and dark chocolate chips 
  • 6 apples
  • crushed toppings (i.e., I used crushed Oreos, nuts, sprinkles, red-hot candies, mini-M&Ms)
  • large wooden dowels

Wash apples and remove stems.  Dry the apples with a paper towel or dish towel.  Make sure you are using room temperature, not cold apples, or the caramel will slide off of the apple.  Melt caramels and milk in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water.  (Double boiler).  In a separate glass bowl, melt your chocolate, also in a double boiler method.  Remove caramel and chocolate bowls from heat and set aside.  Insert dowel into apple and dip into melted caramel; turn the apple right side up; holding the dowel part down, apple on top; to allow caramel to set.  Wait a minute or so, then dip into chocolate or drizzle chocolate over apples; dip in crushed topping and set on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to set.  (Refrigerate).  Place individual apples in a clear, cellophane bag and decorate with pretty ribbon to give as a gift!