As the chill of autumn sets in, a familiar treat starts to make its way back into our lives – chocolate sticky apples! Chocolate sticky apples are a nostalgic relic that reminds us of the season changing, leaves falling, pumpkin patches, and having a sweater on-hand for cold evenings. Reminiscent of vibrant foliage, pumpkin patches, and chilly evenings wrapped in cozy sweaters, these delicious seasonal delicacies are like portals through time. As we transition from one season to another, their presentation becomes more elaborate, making them perfect for homemade gifts that will bring back fond memories long after they have been enjoyed.
Did you know that caramel apples (a close cousin to sticky chocolate apples) were invented in the 1950s by a Kraft Foods employee? With lots of unsold caramels left over from Halloween, Dan Walker melted down a bunch. He 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.
Making these delicious apples
It’s as easy as one, two, or three to make this sticky apple recipe. Just set aside the time you need and follow our outlined steps. If you want to make this a special event, why not do this with the kids? No kids at home? I did this with my nephews when they were 7 and 8 years old, and we made happy memories together. When making sticky apples, these are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Waxing Kara Honey
- organic sugar
- organic butter
- unsweetened chocolate squares
- tart and crisp apples
- chopped nuts
- popsicle sticks
How to Make Sticky Apples
First: Mix The Ingredients
- Mix the honey and sugar in a medium pot 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 the mixture is completely smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Second: Prepare and dunk
- Wipe each apple dry and insert a popsicle stick in the core end. Dunk apples until completely covered. Roll in chopped nuts of your choice. Place apples on a greased wax paper-lined plate. Be sure apples don’t touch as they dry/set up.
- These apples keep for three days in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
- Serve Sticky Chocolate apple cold.
Surely after reading about the sticky, sweet goodness of these chocolate apples, you are eager to make them with your family. What a fun activity that would be making treats together. The best part is that they wouldn’t just be any old treat; they would be chocolaty, caramelly, gooey deliciousness! So pull out your aprons, use this recipe below, or find one in grandma’s cookbook, and get ready for some quality time in the kitchen making memories (and tasty apples) with your loved ones.
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.
In a snack-making and eating mood? Try our Homemade Caramel Corn also. It, too, is an oldie but a goodie!