A great idea for Halloween or Bonfire night !
- 6-8 small apples, fridge cold
- 8 wooden lolly sticks
- 400g/14oz chewy dairy toffees
- 1 tsp sea salt flakes
- chopped toasted nuts, toasted coconut, freeze-dried raspberries or whatever decorations you like (optional)
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Insert the wooden lolly sticks into the apples and set aside in the fridge. Unwrap all the toffees and put them in a medium saucepan with 4 tablespoons water.
Heat the toffees gently over a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until they dissolve. Eventually the toffees and the water will make a smooth sauce. Increase the heat to medium-high and boil the toffee sauce for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and stir in the sea salt flakes.
Pour the caramel into a heatproof bowl and allow it to cool for one minute. Have any decorations ready in a small bowl nearby.
Dip the apples into the hot caramel and allow the excess to run off. Hold the apple upside down for 30 seconds or so until the caramel has cooled slightly – this prevents it all running to the bottom. Dip the apples into the bowl of decorations, if using. Set the apple aside to cool completely on the lined baking tray. Repeat with the remaining apples.
For a less sweet toffee apple, use a spoon to drizzle each apple with caramel, rotating it so it swirls round the outside. Allow the caramel to harden slightly before you put it down onto the lined tray. You will make more toffee apples this way.
The type of apple is quite important. If the skin feels waxy or very smooth, the caramel is more likely to slide off. An apple with a slightly rough or russeted skin would be best. Cold apples help the caramel set quicker and it’s less likely to slide off.