MISSION: FEED YOUR INNER CHILD
An apple a
day is better when it's caramel
For over 200
years, caramel apples have been a September staple at
country fairs and in Mom's kitchen during the
apple harvest season.
Until recently, caramel apples have been a simple, if
not tooth-extracting, affair. But today's candy chefs
have decided it's time for a caramel apple makeover—one
that uses premium fruit (no hiding bruised castoffs with
caramel here) along with a softer, gooier coating, and
generous helpings of decadent ingredients, such as
peanut butter, Belgian chocolate and Oreos.
Here are the best gourmet caramel apples that you can
get shipped straight to your doorstep today....
your Mom's caramel apples
the pairing of your favorite treats—Oreos, M&Ms, peanut
butter, rich Belgian chocolate—with a caramel apple.
That's what Amy’s Candy
Kitchen in Cedarburg, Wisconsin serves up every day.
They make each of their scrumptious teats from scratch in
a 19th century stone
kitchen and whip up small batches of caramel using copper
kettles and a family recipe that boasts no trans fat
Just a few of
the 25 flavors they offer include: Cinnamon Pecan
(right), Milk Dunked Peanut Butter Chip,
Oreo with Belgian Chocolate (above), M&Ms, Cashews and the
Ultimate Dunked w/Belgian Chocolate.
Walk on the
wild side of the orchard
If you want a
treat that's sure to impress even your most jaded
friends, sample the caramel apples from DeBrito Chocolate Factory in Hollister, California. They
pair their caramel apples with some of the most unlikely
ingredients, such as lemon chili peanuts and chopped
apricots. With 31 flavor combos to choose from, you can
spend a whole month deciding which you like best. Their
Great Balls of
Fire!: Adorned with chili mango and lemon chili peanuts
and partnered with smooth caramel and drizzled with milk chocolate.
Dipped in smooth caramel with chopped apricots and
almonds drizzled in chocolate.
The Jolt!: Made
with coffee toffee, cappuccino chocolate and dark
Covered in creamy caramel with white chocolate, crumbled
graham cracker and coarse sugar sprinkled with pumpkin
pie spice. (Available September through December only.)
DeBrito Chocolate Factory, (800) 588-3886
faithfully recreate the childhood experience of the
cherry red glazed candy apples and unadorned yet elegant
caramel apples? Head to The Fudge House of San
Francisco, where, among their 15 snazzier varieties of
gourmet caramel apples, you'll find these two tasty
Cherry Candy Apples, $3.25, Caramel Apples, $4.25,
If you like your
servings smaller, these tinier versions of
chocolate-covered caramel apples from Williams-Sonoma
will hit the spot. At just 5.7 ounces each, they're a
few bites smaller than the half-pound jumbo apples
usually used for these autumnal snacks.
$29.50 for a set of 4,
Williams-Sonoma.com, (877) 812-6235
Did you know?
Apples float in water because they're 25% air!
apple peeler away
Two–thirds of the fiber and most of the disease-fighting antioxidants
in apples are in the peel.
caramel apples with a kick? Try this
Caramel Apple Martini recipe:
2 ounces Players
Extreme Caramel Infused Vodka
1 ounce Sour
1/2 ounce Sweet
and Sour mix
ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled
martini glass. Garnish with a slice of Granny Smith or Macintosh