Friday, October 11, 2013

Mickey Jack o'Lantern Caramel Apples Recipe

Make your favorite Disney Halloween treat 
at home following this easy recipe.
Caramel apples are dipped in candy coating,
topped with marshmallows, and then
covered in orange sprinkles to make these cute
Mickey Jack o'Lanterns.

Click below to learn how to make them
in this step-by-step video.
Thanks for watching!!

Mickey Jack o'Lantern Caramel Apples

6 pre-made caramel apples (I found mine in Walmart's produce section) or make your own with the recipe below
1 lb. vanilla almond bark (found near chocolate chips) or use white chocolate chips
1 heaping tablespoon vegetable shortening
large marshmallows (2 per apple)
lots of orange sprinkles
Wilton Candy Melts (found in craft stores) in Black or Dark Cocoa or use chocolate chips

STEP 1: Caramel Coating (skip this step if you are using the pre-made caramel apples)

6 Granny Smith apples
1 (14 ounce) bag of caramels
2 tablespoons milk


Wash and dry apples (It's best to do this the night before).

Unwrap caramels and place in large saucepan. Add milk and heat on medium-low heat until melted, stirring constantly.

Insert sticks into apples and dip into the caramel coating until completely covered. Shake off excess and set on a greased, wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Set into fridge for several hours, or preferably, overnight.

STEP 2: Mickey Ears

With a pair of kitchen scissors, cut 1/3 off of the side of each marshmallow (watch the video above to see how this is done). Attach the cut, sticky side to the upper parts of the apple. There should be two marshmallows on either side of the stick to make Mickey's ears.

STEP 3: Candy Coating

Melt the vanilla almond bark (or white chocolate chips) along with the tablespoon of vegetable shortening on your stovetop or in the microwave, being careful not to burn it.

Dip each apple into the melted candy coating, using a spoon to cover the ears. Be careful not to knock them off. Shake off excess.

STEP 4: Orange Sprinkles

Immediately, while the coating is still wet, hold the apple over a paper plate and spoon the orange sprinkles on top. Completely cover all the white, except for the bottom. Set on wax paper-lined cookie sheet and place in fridge until hardened.

STEP 5: Jack o'Lantern Face

Melt the black Wilton Candy Melts (or chocolate chips) in a candy-making bottle (found in craft stores), or pour into a freezer bag and cut off the tip to make a decorating bag. 

Gently hold the hardened candy apple in the palm of your hand so the side is faced upwards. Now squeeze two triangle eyes, a triangle nose and mouth onto the apple with the melted chocolate. Fill in the shapes. Return to the wax paper and repeat for remaining apples. Stick them back in freezer until set (about 5-10 minutes).

Remove from freezer and serve. That's it! Your Mickey Jack o'Lanterns are ready to eat. Enjoy!!

Happy Halloween!!!


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