Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Butterfinger Caramel Apples

Having only one child can be a problem sometimes. Like when I need emergency kid models and one won't cut it. Thankfully, my friend Julie loaned me her two for this Halloween assignment. I wouldn't have been able to finish without them.

It’s so hard to be little and behave well for hours in the hot sun, but they did great. Sadly, the kids didn’t make it into Yum Food and Fun for Kids this time, but I still have cute shots of them to enjoy.

This kid-friendly recipe starts with a bag of caramels. Feel free to use any kind of Halloween candy you have around for pressing into the sides. I think Snickers bars, M&Ms or chopped chocolate covered pretzels would be especially tasty here.

Butterfinger Caramel Apples
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This is a fun way to use up some of that excess candy and enjoy the fall apple harvest.

5 Granny Smith Apples
5 wooden dowels or popsicle sticks
3 (2.1 ounce) Butterfinger candy bars
14-ounce bag caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons half and half
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
Pinch of salt

1. Wash and dry apples. Twist off the stem and place a wooden dowel or popsicle stick into the apples. Lay out a piece of wax paper to set apples on.

2. Place candy bars in a gallon-sized bag and crush into small crumbs with the back of a spoon. Place crumbs on a large plate. Set aside.

3. Place caramels, half & half, corn syrup and salt together in a shallow bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments on high stirring at each stop. Repeat until well melted. Stir in vanilla extract.

4. Roll an apple in caramel spooning some over the top. Let the excess drip off and spoon off the bottom. Dip the bottom in the crushed candy. Scoop up some of the candy and pat crumbs onto the sides of apples. Place apple on wax paper.

5. Reheat caramel between each apple for 15 to 20 seconds. Stir and repeat with the rest of the apples. If desired, trim bases of apples with kitchen shears.

Yields 5 Apples. Prep time 20 minutes. Setting time 1 hour.

From Yum Food and Fun for Kids Magazine, October 2010 by Laura Flowers.


32 comments:

A Year on the Grill said...

as always, looks incredible

Pink Little Cake said...

Incredible good!

april said...

Looks delicious! I love the photos, too. The black cat is perfect.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Gotta love those Butterfingers! Those apples look great. :)

FootPrints said...

what a great idea!! i think i'm gonna cut the apples and dip the slices for my preschoolers class! thanks for the idea!

Quit Eating Out said...

I'm sorry you didn't get in those publications... but the photo is precious and should've! These apples sound so amazing. I'd love to make these and then tie them in cellophane bags with cute ribbons as gifts/treats. Great recipe idea!

ButterYum said...

Shut, Up! Can't imagine how wonderful these must taste. Oh hey, I think there's a mistake in your list of ingredients.... should it say 28 ounces of caramel? You know, 1/2 for the apples, 1/2 to eat while you're unwrapping all those yummy nuggets?

:)
ButterYum

Sue said...

Besides looking delicious, these are adorable, along with your models:)

Chelsea said...

Such great pictures! And an awesome spin on regular caramel apples :)

Mo 'Betta said...

I make caramel apples with my kids every year...I'm hoping to do it some time this week! These sound yummy.

baking.serendipity said...

I love the candy stuck to the sides! Caramel apples are the best fall treat :)

Veronica said...

I really like the photo of the kids. Your daughter is esp cute in it but maybe I'm biased. :) You are too much with how great you make your food look--like with adding those green bows to the sticks.

notyet100 said...

so cute,..:-)

Jessica said...

Laura...oh my! Those sound absolutely delicious! I'm a sucker for Butterfingers. These will do for me! :)

Junglefrog said...

I just found your blog and absolutely love it! Great shots!!

Susi said...

Yum, my kids love caramel apples and they would have fun making them. I think I'll surprise them after school on Friday with this fun idea!

Monet said...

What adorable children...and what a lovely collection of apple treats! They turned out beautifully, and I know that they were enjoyed by all. I love caramel apples, and I wish I could eat one now! Thank you for sharing.

Tyra said...

I'm featuring these delicious-looking caramel apples over at ucreatefoods@blogspot.com today. Thanks for sharing!

Chef Fresco said...

Aww so cute! The pics are great, as usual. Perfect Fall treat!

GreenGirl said...

they are so cute, kids will love them

Dawn said...

My hubby would LOVE these. Shoot I love these. Mmmm....just got back from Asheville mountains and have apples coming out my ears!

naomi said...

You're right-what a great way to use up Halloween candy. I love this.

saltyseattle said...

Well I know what i'm doing tonight- thanks for the swell idea. Super fantastico.

LilaVanilla said...

They look delicious, when I see recipes like yours I really wish I lived in the states! x

Dee said...

Those look like a wonderful Halloween treat! I think butterfingers sound like a tasty flavor combo with Caramel. Those kids look like they really enjoyed the photos & the apples. Great post. Have a wonderful Halloween weekend.

Joy said...

Ohhh i love butterfinger. I could probably eat the whole tray.

greenoatsandjam said...

i think they look amazing. (:

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lostpastremembered said...

How I love Butterfingers! They are a guilty pleasure from childhood that I sneak every once in a while. Your pictures are wonderful and do the lighter side of Halloween (being an Addams fan... I tend to go dark!). What a happy child you must have!!!

Jennifer said...

These look SO professional and cute!! Love the butterfinger goodness!

Kim said...

very cute! perfect for the fall.

kim
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Deeba PAB said...

What gorgeous pictures, of the kids and the yum snacks. I think they are winners, and wish you'd made the cut. You really should have been picked. I ♥ your style!

Juliane said...

Yummilicious! So adorable too!

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