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Unusual Crockpot Recipe: Caramel Apples

My friend, Jo, shared an interesting Crockpot recipe with me the other day. It's really quite ingenious and I wish I would have thought of it a few months ago. You see, it's a Crockpot recipe for Caramel apples! I made four dozen caramel apples for Halloween. This technique could have saved me a LOT of time.

If you've ever made caramel apples, you know they can be kind of a pain. You have to be somewhat careful while melting the caramel. It's easy to burn and it's easy to keep too cool, which in turns make it setup, then it's hard to get it to adhere to the apple. I usually break out the double-boiler, but even still it's hard to control the proper temperature to sustain the smooth consistency required for coating apples. That's where the Crockpot comes in! It keeps it at the same temperature for a long period of time.

The following caramel apple recipe is so simple, you're going to love it! And, clean-up is a snap too. As you probably already know, the Crockpot is one of the easiest things to clean. Baked on food just slides right off. I love it!

Anyhoo, I digress. Let's get down to business. Here is the Crockpot Caramel Apples recipe...


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Serves 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1-1/2 hours

2 (14-ounce) packages Caramels
1/4 cup Water
8 Granny Smith Apples   
8 Popsicle Sticks   

  1. Line a flat baking sheet with waxed paper.
  2. In Crockpot, combine caramels and water; cover.
  3. Turn heat on HIGH and cook caramel mixture for 1-1/2 hours. Stir frequently. When thoroughly melted, reduce heat to LOW.
  4. Insert popsicle stick into the stem end of each apple.
  5. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture and turn to coat entire surface.
  6. Hold apple above the Crockpot and allow excess caramel to drip into mixture.
  7. Quickly transfer coated apple to waxed paper and allow time to cool.

NOTE: Caramel apples can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. However, if you're like me, your caramel apples will never sit in the fridge that long!