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Chocolate-Toffee Apples

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 32 mins
Total time 1 hr
Yield Serves 12 (serving size: 1 apple)
This must try dessert-on-a-stick is party ready and sure to leave your guests with a sweet taste in their mouths.

Ingredients

  • 12 small Honeycrisp or other firm red apples
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Nutrition Information

  • calories 311
  • fat 11.7 g
  • satfat 3.4 g
  • monofat 4.5 g
  • polyfat 2.2 g
  • protein 1.6 g
  • carbohydrate 55.8 g
  • fiber 4.8 g
  • cholesterol 9 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 49 mg
  • calcium 29 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rinse apples; dry well to remove waxy residue. Insert a craft stick into stem end of each apple. Place pecans in a shallow dish.

  2. Combine sugars and the next 4 ingredients (through butter) in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring just until sugar dissolves, and bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 325° or until syrup begins to caramelize. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt.

  3. Working quickly with 1 apple at a time and holding apple by its stick, dip in caramel mixture, tilting pan and turning apple to mostly coat apple; allow excess to drip off. Quickly dip apple in pecans. Place apple, stick side up, on a cooling rack; let stand until set. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe dish; microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over apples. Let stand until set.