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Vampire caramel apples

Erica is an avid baker and fourth year dental student. She spends her free time baking, photographing, and writing for her blog www.EricaSweetTooth.com. Most of her days are filled with dentistry, but she enjoys the ironic hobby of bak...

A terrifying twist to your caramel apples

Caramel apples are a quintessential fall treat. For Halloween this year, take a few extra steps to spookify them and scare your party guests a bit with some toothsome grins. With just a few cuts and some mini marshmallows, your caramel apples will be baring their pointy (and delicious) fangs in no time!

Vampire caramel apples

Step 1: Prepare your apples

Prepare your apples | Vampire Caramel Apples
Granny Smith apples are great for caramel apples because they're tart and sturdy and go well with the sweet caramel topping. Make sure to wash and scrub the apples well beforehand to remove any surface debris or sprays from the grocery store. Insert sturdy lollipop or Popsicle sticks into the top of each apple, making sure to go at least halfway into the apple for stability.

Step 2: Prepare your caramel

Prepare your caramel | Vampire Caramel Apple

There are a number of ways to make the caramel dip. You can prepare a homemade batch (here's a great recipe I've used before), melt down a package of store-bought caramels or buy a caramel apple kit from the store. Since I was low on time for these, I opted for the latter and picked up a tub of microwavable caramel that worked well. Either way, you'll want to transfer the caramel to a bowl or cup that is wide enough to fit the apple but also tall enough to allow the apple to be fully submerged.

Step 3: Dip your apples

Let the caramel dry | Vampire Caramel Apple

Dip each apple in the melted caramel, making sure to submerge them as much as possible so the caramel covers the majority of the apple in one smooth swoop. You can also use a spoon to help bring some extra caramel up the sides and top if necessary. Once dipped, transfer apple to a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. After all the apples are dipped, transfer them to the fridge and let the caramel set completely (about an hour).

Step 4: Cut out the mouth

Cut out the mouth | Vampire Caramel Apples

Once the caramel is set, use a sharp paring knife to cut wedges out of the front of each apple. Make the cuts at sharp enough angles to each other so that the mouth appears slightly open. Discard the cut wedges as you see fit.

Step 5: Make the teeth

Cut the fangs | Vampire Caramel Apples

To make the teeth, you'll need a handful of mini marshmallows and a pair of scissors. For the fangs, cut off the two bottom corners of a marshmallow to create a triangle. Cut a marshmallow in half horizontally, and you'll get two shaped like front teeth.

Step 6: Assemble the grins

Add the teeth to the apple | Vampire Caramel Apples

To attach the teeth to the apples, stick the marshmallows high enough up on the "mouth" so you can use a bit of the sticky caramel on the edges to secure the marshmallow. If that's not working for you, have some extra melted caramel on hand and dab the top of the marshmallow tooth in a little bit of caramel to act like glue.

Step 7: Get them ready for their close-up

Finished Vampire Caramel Apples

Feel free to dress these up with some festive ribbon around the sticks or with a colorful display of napkins and decorations. If you want to go a spookier route, try adding some fake blood made from red candy melts!

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