Halloween may be one of my favorite times of the year. When I was a teenager, I was secretly sad that I was suddenly too old to go trick-or-treating. Of course, now that I'm older it seems that adults have a special interest in this holiday. (Or maybe it's just me.)
Last year, John and I were invited to several Halloween parties. All were "costume required." We spent weeks thinking about our costumes. We finally decided on concept costumes: John would be Global Warming and I would be the much less significant Dancing with the Stars. I spent several hours painting what had once been a baseball pinata into a globe. We then glued thermometers and mini fans onto it. John wore this on his head (which scared the small children at the first party we attended- hey- after all global warming is a more real fear than ghosts and goblins, right?). I wore a tutu with large stars around my waist. I would dance whenever someone asked what I was, but given my husband's global theme everyone was convinced that I was the galaxy or solar system.
And did I mention that we were the only party guests wearing costumes?
This year we have no Halloween parties to attend, but I was happy to join a virtual party of food bloggers (no costume required) bringing you a host of Halloween treats to enjoy this coming weekend. Check out these delicious goodies:
From Amy of Eggs on Sunday: Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Bars.
From Sue of Feel Good Eats: Butternut Squash Muffins.
From Kristin of the Kitchen Sink: Pumpkin Cookies.
And from me, Bewitched Apples.
I know, no costume required, but I just couldn't help myself (or the apple, for that matter). Here is my recipe for Bewitched Apples (caramel apples topped with toffee, chocolate, and featuring a witch's hat Reese's peanut butter cup).
- 5 small apples
- 1 package of melting caramel (plus 5 caramels set aside)
- 2 TB water
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 cup of toffee chips (or another candy of your choice)
- 5 Reese's peanut butter cups (you will want to have more around to snack on)
- 5 popsicle sticks
Setting it all up:
Wash the apples, dry them thoroughly, and set aside.
Place the toffee pieces (or other candy of your choice) on a plate.
Carve out the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups to look like witch's hats. (Tip: Cut from the soft inside of the candy first, as this will prevent the chocolate from splitting. I learned this one the hard way.)
If desired, use 5 of the caramels to make witch's broom sticks. Simply stretch the caramel out to be wider on one end. Then, cut four lines into the bottom to resemble the broom.
Getting Down to Business
Lightly oil a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
In a heavy saucepan, melt the caramel with 2 TB of water. Stir regularly until caramel is melted and smooth.
One at a time, place each apple in the caramel mixture, spooning the caramel over the top to evenly coat each apple. Sprinkle the toffee or other candy on each caramel coated apple, then put each apple on the parchment paper.
In the meantime, place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for two minutes, stirring halfway through to keep smooth. Using a spoon, carefully drizzle chocolate stripes around each apple. You could choose another chocolate design of your choice: my favorite may be the very chic completely covered in chocolate design.
To finish off, insert the popsicle sticks into the stem side of the apple. Paint a small amount of caramel onto each witch's hat and attach to the popsicle stick. If desired, place the "broomsticks" on the back of each apple.
Now, if your apple is too cool for a costume, you can also try this much more sophisticated caramel chocolate apple here.
Either way, it's guaranteed to taste delicious.