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Southern-Style Caramel Apples

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Total time 30 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings
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  • 6 apples
  • Food-safe branches, such as magnolia twigs, or craft sticks
  • 1 (14-oz.) package caramels
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Crushed peanut brittle or toasted pecans

How to Make It

  1. Remove the stems from apples, and insert food-safe branches or craft sticks. Microwave caramels, vanilla extract, and water until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Quickly dip or drizzle apples with caramel mixture; roll or sprinkle with crushed peanut brittle or toasted pecans, if desired. Stand apples on lightly greased wax paper, and chill 15 minutes before serving.