Chocolate sticky apples are a nostalgic relic that remind us of the season changing, leaves falling, pumpkin patches and having a sweater on-hand for cold evenings. Candy apples start showing up at the change of seasons and I notice the presentation gets more elaborate through the Holiday Season and New Year celebrations. They make great homemade gifts.
Did you know that caramel apples (a close cousin to chocolate sticky apples) were invented in the 1950s, by a Kraft Foods employee? With lots of unsold caramels leftover from Halloween, Dan Walker melted down a bunch and started experimenting with apples and coating them with caramel to invent a new holiday candy for Christmas – the rest, as they say, is history.
When we were kids this was the only way our folks could get us to eat apples. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, sticky apples are always a special treat. This is a coveted chocolate sticky apple recipe from an old general store in Baltimore from back in the day. Enjoy.
Chocolate Sticky Apples
- 1 c Waxing Kara Honey
- 1 c organic sugar
- 1 tsp. organic butter
- 4 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate squares
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 9 medium apples tart and crisp
- 1 c chopped nuts of your choice
- 9 popsicle sticks from craft store
In medium pot mix together the honey and sugar and apply low heat. Add butter and chocolate until melted, be careful not to burn.
Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until mixture is completely smooth.
Stir in vanilla.
Wipe each apple dry and insert popsicle stick in the core end.
Dunk apples until completely covered.
roll in chopped nuts of your choice. Place apples on greased wax paper lined plate.
Be sure apples don’t touch as they dry/set up.
These apples keep for 3 days in refrigerator in air-tight container.
Serve Sticky Chocolate Apples cold.