Creative Caramel Apples

By: Kelsey Vala
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I became addicted to caramel apples while visiting my parents' fall festival, Vala's Pumpkin Patch, last weekend. In three days, I ate more caramel apples than I care to admit: for breakfast, for late-night snacks and just for fun! Nothing satisfies cravings for sweets better than crisp, juicy apples dipped in luscious, buttery caramel. It's the perfect Halloween treat.

At Vala's, tart Jonathan apples are hand-dipped into large copper kettles full of hot, molten caramel, but the best part is the toppings.

At the "toppings bar" the caramel apple consumer becomes the creative creator. A plain caramel apple is like a blank canvas, ready for an endless possibility of topping combos, from toasted pecans and crumbled candy bars to mini marshmallows and melted chocolate.

Make perfect caramel apples at home, with this step-by-step caramel making how to and DIY topping bar ideas from Food Network Magazine. For more apple inspiration, flip through our top apple recipes.

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Photo by: Karl Juengel/Studio D ©Hearst Communications Inc., 2009

Karl Juengel/Studio D, Hearst Communications Inc., 2009

My favorite topping combo: A thorough coating of pecans and a generous drizzle of milk chocolate, resembling a caramel turtle. What are your favorite caramel apple toppings?

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