Caramel apples are a favorite traditional treat, particularly at county fairs, holidays and parties. Put a modern twist on on these apples and switch up caramel for creamy milk chocolate. The sky is the limit when it comes to preparing chocolate covered apples, as you can roll them in anything from chopped nuts to coconut to bacon bits. Whether you whip these apples up as a fun treat or as a gourmet gift, you can make a batch within an hour or two and simple materials in your kitchen.
Lay waxed paper on a cookie sheet to line it, and smear butter on the wax paper to create a non-stick surface.
Remove the apple's top stem. Wash and dry the apples. Insert a wooden stick into the bottom of each fruit, about halfway up.
Melt about 3 ounces of chocolate per apple in the slow cooker on low to medium heat. Do not get any water into the slow cooker or the chocolate will become grainy.
Dip each apple in chocolate mixture while holding the stick, coating the outside or the apple as evenly as possible. Use a spoon if necessary to cover the top or missed spots.
Hold the apple up slightly after coating and turn slowly, letting the chocolate set. Repeat the dipping process on the same apple. Set the apple down on the wax paper with the stick pointing straight up.
Dip the apples in a coating, if desired, before setting on the wax paper. Coconut, candy or cookie bits, and nuts make good toppings.
Repeat this procedure with all of the apples. Allow them to dry on the wax paper-lined baking sheet for at least a half hour before removing.