Wednesday, October 26, 2016

#Halloween Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices + book OR tote bag #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber


From Daryl aka Avery:

Halloween is so much fun. I love the decorations - even the gory ones - and I love seeing kids in their costumes. I also love many of the foods that people bring out during this time. Orange-toned foods. Chili. Cider.

I love buying a bag of candy at the store, putting it in the freezer, and not sharing it with anyone. Usually Milky Way, truth be told. They're great frozen!

I also love to surf Pinterest, as I've said in the past. There are so many clever decorating ideas. I found many of the colorful ideas I included into STIRRING THE PLOT, the Halloween-themed Cookbook Nook Mystery, on Pinterest.

I also find photos on Pinterest of goodies that I know I have to learn how to make. I found these apple slices on Pinterest and followed the link to the blog: Domestically Blissful.

As the blog will reveal, these treats took a bit of experimentation, but they were so much fun and the kids loved them!

I have to admit her caramel looked a LOT MORE ORANGE than my caramel. Might just be the choice of caramel. 


I’ve decided that these Chocolate Caramel Apple Slices – I start my recipe title with chocolate because let’s face it, they are mostly chocolate! -  are the easiest way to enjoy this special fall dessert! Plus they make great party treats.

From Domestically Blissful, here are 5 suggestions to help ensure perfect Apple Slices, though I have tweaked them to show what I learned or did differently.

  • Cut thick apple slices so the stick stays secure. Approximately 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick works great. 
  • Make sure to pat down the apples to soak up any extra apple juice. 
  • Allow some of the melted chocolate to drip onto the stick. This will act as a sort of edible glue that holds the stick and apple together.
  • Don’t drizzle caramel on your slices until chocolate is set.
  • Domestically Blissful also wrote: "I recommend that you make them and eat them in the same day. The longer they sit the greater the chance for a weeping caramel apple slice, which will cause the yummy coating to break or slide off in some areas."  HOWEVER, I, Daryl, didn’t have this problem as I kept them refrigerated until ready to eat. 2 FULL DAYS. The kids ate every bite! Nothing hit the floor!


            Apples – make sure they are crisp – each makes 3-4 slices
            White or Wooden Lollipop Sticks
            Melting Chocolate (*1 used Wilton’s; purchased at Michael’s Art Store)
              Caramel ( I used Smucker’s caramel topping; I might melt Kraft caramels in future)
           Toppings – optional ( I used crushed cashews)


First wash & slice your apples, remove the seeds, insert the stick at the bottom, and pat the apple slices dry.  (I didn’t remove the seeds, figuring I wouldn’t eat to the core of this treat.)

Cover each apple slice in melted chocolate and place on a piece of wax paper to dry.  Here's how I did it: I painted the chocolate on with a spoon. I did one side, let it harden, and then flipped the slices (setting them on parchment paper) and painted the other and the edges of the apples.

Let harden.

Then drizzle the caramel and press other toppings on top of your apple slices. 

Let harden and set in refrigerator for up to two days.

One slice is enough for any dessert eater!

Halloween Giveaway!

It’s Halloween week so I’m giving away 
OR a Savor the Mystery tote bag
one winner’s choice!

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Tell me - what's the spookiest decoration you have seen this season?

Savor the mystery!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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  1. A werewolf over. Six feet tall and with men's the eyes were glowing red.

  2. I saw a scary clown. I hate those things!
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    1. You are not alone. Lots of people do. They look so docile from afar and then they get close... ~ Daryl

  3. Awesome recipe! The spookiest decoration that I have seen this season is a full set of grave plots for a family on the front lawn, dates and all (death set in the future, obviously). Very negative and beyond spooky, if you ask me.

    1. Liz, like real dates for real people? Ew. Now that provokes a mystery writer to come up with a story for sure. LOL ~ Daryl

  4. This wasn't spooky to me but it was spooky to a dog. I saw a shared video on facebook where someone had placed a witch with a sensor over a dog's food bowl. Each time he would lean in for a bite, the witch would cackle and put out a hand to cover the bowl. He would jump back in fright and then bark at the witch to tell the witch to back off. He would gather his courage and try again. He would get scared each time but he never gave up. It was a good reminder to keep going, no matter what your obstacles are.

    1. Jenna, that's just downright cruel to the animal. Yes, we keep going, but first we call the animal rights activist! :) ~ Daryl

  5. Great healthier recipe for Halloween! Spookiest decoration I have seen so far has been a coffin with a hand creeping out of the slightly opened lid on a front lawn. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

    1. Grace, are you kidding? Healthy? All that chocolate! But it IS fun and delicious. ~ Daryl (Oh, wait, chocolate is a food group!)

  6. Our next door neighbor's yard, filled with Halloween decorations which include gravestones, shoes sticking up from the ground, hands sticking up from the ground as if to grab you, various ghostly figures flying about (they're tied in the tree) and scary "scarecrow" figures. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net