Mind flex: Create a caramel apple buffet

Caramel apples are a great autumn tradition—and they are surprisingly easy to make. Spice up the fall season and have some fun by setting up a caramel apple buffet, offering family and friends the ability to personalize their apple treat. Follow these simple instructions to get you started:

Plan and prep

Using caramel candies is one of the easiest ways to make a caramel coating. An average size candy bag will cover about four apples, so plan accordingly. Unwrap all your candies and place them in a small saucepan. Wash and dry your apples and stick each with a popsicle stick. Choose your toppings and place each on a separate, shallow plate.

Melt your candies

Melt your caramels over medium to low heat and add two tablespoons of water. Use a wooden spoon or plastic spatula and stir frequently until the candy is completely melted. 

Start dipping

Remove pan from heat and quickly coat your apples in your melted caramel by holding on to the stick.

Add your favorite finishes

Once apples are coated with caramel, have your guests dip their apple in the toppings of their choice. Consider offering toasted chopped peanuts or almonds, crushed cinnamon cereal, multicolored sprinkles, chopped cookies, mini M&Ms, crushed candy bars and any other delicious side you can think of.

Refrigerate and then enjoy

After the toppings are applied, place apples on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and put them in a refrigerator for at least an hour to set. After an hour or so, pull out your caramel apple treats and dig in.

You don’t need to host a party to enjoy a caramel apple buffet. Consider creating one the next time you have a family game night or in lieu of dessert. 

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