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October is Halloween. National Candy Apple Day and National Caramel Apple Day are October 31st (Halloween). And October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. So we tied them all together with this recipe for Popcorn Caramel Apples, plus more caramel and candy apple recipes.
Round up with other recipes (I think there’s already a roundup).
So how about it? Are you ready to melt?
There are more caramel and candy apple recipes below.
Think about hosting a caramel apple party.
Set out plain caramel apples along with different coatings—candy corn, coconut, nuts, edible glitter, etc.
Let everyone design his or her apple.
The decorations press into the caramel, but not with the hardened red candy coating.
But you can still have some candy apples available to those who prefer them.
Here’s what you need to set up a caramel apple bar.
Here’s the history of candy apples and caramel apples.
How about the history of caramel?
RECIPE: POPCORN CARAMEL APPLES
Adding a cloak of popcorn makes a caramel apple slightly less guilt-free. After all, popcorn is a whole grain snack.
As an alternative to biting into the apple-on-a-stick, you can present the apples at the table, and then cut them into quarters for eating.
1 quart freshly popped popcorn
1 package (9.5 ounces) caramels, unwrapped (35 caramels)
1/4 cup light cream or half and half
4 wooden candy apple sticks
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Sugar sprinkles or confetti (in Halloween/fall colors)
Optional: decorative ribbon
Ingredients For 4 Apples
1. PLACE the popcorn in a large bowl; set aside. Place a sheet of waxed paper on a work surface.
2. HEAT the caramels and cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir frequently until the caramels are melted and the cream is blended into caramels.
3. PUSH a stick into the center of an apple and dip it into the caramel. Spoon the caramel over the apple to coat.
4. PLACE the caramel-coated apple into the bowl of popcorn and press the popcorn onto caramel to cover. Place apple on waxed paper to set. Repeat with the remaining apples.
5. PLACE the chocolate chips in a small, resealable plastic bag. Microwave for 10 seconds and press on the chips to aid melting. Repeat, heating at 10-second intervals, until the chips are completely melted.
6. CUT a small corner off the bag and squeeze the chocolate onto each apple, allowing the chocolate to drip down the sides. Sprinkle with the sprinkles or confetti.
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7. TIE a bow to each apple stick, if desired.
MORE CARAMEL APPLE & CANDY APPLE RECIPES
 Today’s recipe: a caramel apple coated with popcorn (photo © The Popcorn Board).
 First, melt the caramels. Next, dip the apples (photo © Daffy Apple | Facebook).
 Twigs replace the bland wooden sticks (photo © Kimberly Reiner | Momma Reiner.
 Let’s not forget candy apples. Here’s the recipe (photo © M Studio | Fotolia).
 Spice it up with Tajín seasoning (shown), Red Hots, or even a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes (photo © Tajín Seasoning | Facebook).