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TIP OF THE DAY: Caramel Apple Bar With Lots Of Toppings

How do you roll (your apple, that is)? Photo
courtesy Kimberly Reiner | The Sugar
Mommas.

 

For a family treat or Halloween entertaining, how about a caramel apple bar?

Unlike the crackling-hard red candy apple coating, caramel coating remains pliant and you can press in candies and other garnishes.

Start with this recipe for caramel apples; then pick your toppings.

Also check out our other food bar ideas: breakfast/brunch, lunch/dinner, desserts and drinks/snacks.

Candy & Snack Foods

Look for mini versions of chocolate chips, M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces.

  • Candy corn
  • Chocolate chips (dark, milk, white) and other flavored chips (butterscotch, mint, peanut butter)
  • Crystallized ginger pieces
  • M&Ms
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Silver, gold or pearl dragées
  • Sprinkles (especially in Halloween colors)
  • Toffee/Heath Bar pieces
  • Plus

  • Cereals: Corn Flakes, Fruit Loops, granola, Rice Krispies, other favorite
  • Crushed cheese crackers, graham crackers or Oreos
  • Crushed pretzels and/or potato chips
  • Popcorn: salted and/or kettle corn
  • Spices: allspice, chili flakes, cinnamon, nutmeg
  •  

    Nuts

    Chop them so they’re easy to roll on.

  • Almonds
  • Peanuts: honey peanuts or salted
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Other favorites
  •  

    Fruits

  • Banana chips (pieces)
  • Dried blueberries, cherries, cranberries, pineapple
  • Shredded coconut
  •  
    THE PROCESS

    1. SET out the plain caramel apples and bowls of toppings with spoons or scoops. Give all participants a soup bowl on a larger dinner plate.

    2. SCOOP toppings of choice into the bowl, one-by-one or mixed together.

    3. ROLL the apple in the topping(s), pressing hard.

    4. TAKE a bite! People can adjust the toppings as they like (something saltier, something crunchier, etc.).

     
    A sophisticated approach. You can also use gold, silver or pearl dragées. Photo courtesy Cocosala.com.
     

    CARAMEL APPLES VS. TOFFEE APPLES: THE DIFFERENCE

    For the purpose of candy apples, there’s no difference between “caramel apples,” “taffy apples” and “toffee apples.” The coating is made from melted caramels.

    In the world of candy, however, there are distinct differences. Check out the difference between butterscotch, caramel and toffee.
      




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