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This easy caramel apple bark is the perfect dessert for the whole family

August 25th, 2020

Caramel apples are an excellent treat! While they’re extremely common in the fall, there’s no rule against making these delectable treats at any other time of the year.

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And let’s be real, who would implement such a rule?!

The following recipe from My Heavenly Recipes differs quite significantly from a traditional caramel apple. Not because it’s made with oreos or m&ms instead of nuts but because it’s made into a bark.

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In addition to the caramels and the apples, this recipe calls for pretzels and chocolate.

But don’t worry! Even though it doesn’t look like a typical caramel apple, we’re sure you’ll get a similar nostalgic blast-from-the-past feeling when you bite into it.

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Who knows? This just might be the start of a new tradition.

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It’s important to note that the dessert should be served on the day that it is made. Otherwise, the pretzels will become soft and the apples will absorb the moisture of the dessert as it sits.

While this dessert looks pretty tasty, before diving into this tempting recipe, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to read about how caramel apples were invented.

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Interestingly, caramel apples were invented by accident in the 1950s by Kraft Foods employee, Dan Walker.

Walker stumbled upon the treat when he was experimenting with extra caramels that were leftover from Halloween. He simply melted the caramels and rolled the apples into the melted caramel sauce.

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For years, caramel apples were made by hand but of course, the process became quite tedious. Thus, in 1960, Vito Raimondi, stepped in and patented the first automated caramel apple machine in Chicago.

Needless to say, they didn’t do too bad!

Let’s check out the twist on this traditional favorite!

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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Green Apples (diced)
  • 120z Bag of Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 35 Individually Wrapped Caramels or 13.5 oz Caramel Dip
  • 6 oz Bag of Pretzels
  • Parchment Paper
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Directions:

  1. Begin by melting 1 ¾ cups of chocolate chips in the microwave using a microwave-safe bowl. Make sure to stir the mix every 15 seconds until smooth.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate onto parchment paper. Use a rubber spatula to spread the chocolate into the shape of a rectangle. You can also use the spatula to help scrape the remaining chocolate out of the bowl.
  3. Place the pretzels on top of the chocolate until all of the chocolate is covered.
  4. Unwrap the caramels and place them into a bowl. Just like with the chocolate, stir the caramel every 15 seconds until smooth.
  5. Mix the diced apples with the melted caramel and spread it on top of the pretzels.
  6. Place the dessert and the parchment paper into the fridge. Allow it to set for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the dessert from the fridge and melt the remaining chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, drizzle it on top of the dessert.
  8. Return the dessert to the fridge and let it chill for an hour. When you take it out, cut the bark into bite-sized pieces.
  9. Devour (finally)! Or, place the dessert back into the fridge until ready to serve.
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What do you think about this new treat? Could it potentially be a family favorite?

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Sources: My Heavenly Recipes, Gold Medal

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