I’m a self-confessed Disney addict. Name the Disney movie, and I most likely have it on DVD. Or name the song and I could sing along. So as you can imagine, as with many kids (and big kids!) all over the world, I have always dreamt of visiting the happiest place on earth…Disneyland! Living in Australia does make it a little bit tricky to get there, but no one is ever too old to go to Disneyland! In 2010 we had our big family holiday to the US, and we were lucky enough to not only visit Disneyland, but Walt Disney World too.
As soon as I walked through those gates, it was like I was five years old again! I dealt with my fears (the Beast is scaaaaaaaary!) and got to live out my childhood dream of seeing a Disney parade and fireworks display (amazing!). And as with life in general, FOOD was a major part of the experience. Dole whip, Churros, Mickey Icecream Sandwiches… My uncle bought a caramel apple for us all to try…and oh my goodness! Why had I not had one of these before?! I didn’t realise something wonderful had been missing from my life!
Now, caramel apples are not a common sight in Australia (meaning, I have only seen them once here…EVER), so after not having one for quite some time, I was beginning to miss them. Last New Year’s, my uncle made some for us to have, and the reminder of how good they taste just made me want more! So, during my brother’s recent school holidays when we were looking for something to do one afternoon, we decided to create our own version of caramel apples covered in sweet honeycomb. They were lots of fun to make, and because we live in Tasmania (also known as the ‘Apple Isle’), our beautiful apples resulted in an extra yummy treat. We were so pleased with how they turned out, that we want to share the recipe with you!
Honeycomb Caramel Apples
3 large apples (we chose Granny Smiths)
1 packets of chewy caramels (Pascall’s Columbines are our favourites to use)
2 Tb water
375g packet of milk chocolate melts
1 large packet of chocolate coated honeycomb, crushed
1. Prepare your apples by placing two skewers into the top of each, and then store them in a refridgerator until you need them (this way they will be nice and cold when you dip them into the caramel, helping it to set).
2. Place the caramels and water in a small saucepan, and melt until combined on a low heat.
3. Dip each of the cold apples in the caramel mixture, ensuring that the whole of the apple is covered evenly. Pull the apple out and hold upside for a few seconds to stop the dripping, then place on a baking paper covered tray. Refridgerate until set.
4. Using a microwave proof bowl, melt the chocolate on a low setting in the microwave.
5. Remove one apple from the refridgerator and dip into the chocolate, ensuring that the whole of the apple is covered evenly.
6. Roll the chocolate and caramel covered apple in the crushed honeycomb.
7. Repeat with the remaining two apples. Refridgerate until required.
There you have it. Such a simple way to make an extraordinary treat! These honeycomb caramel apples may be a little fiddly, but the process of making them is a heap of fun. You are sure to end up with sticky caramel and chocolate all over your hands…but this just gives you the perfect excuse to lick them clean! I can’t wait to make them again, and experiment with different coatings, like sprinkles or crushed white chocolate. There are so many different coatings you could use…get creative and see what yummy combinations you can make!
Carla Sue xo