One of my favorite things about fall is apples … caramel apples … caramel apples dipped in chocolate. OK, I have a few favorite apple treats. I haven’t even mentioned apple muffins, apple pies … I could go on and on!
These clusters are much easier and faster to make than dipping apples in caramel … letting the caramel set up … then dipping it in chocolate and sprinkling with nuts and letting it set up again! Plus I added these pretty Autumn Sixlets … they look like pearls!!!
Do you ever have one of those projects that starts with one item and then you build around it? This was one of those projects for me. It all started at Cracker Barrel … I shared my Cracker Barrel obsession a while ago … I purchased the cast iron skillet that I intended to buy … went outside the store … where the family was patiently waiting … in rocking chairs. My sister-in-law showed me this little bag of Autumn Sixlets that she bought to put in a candy dish at Thanksgiving … well, I simply HAD to have some too … went back in the store, before anyone could stop me and bought a bag.
That was back in July … I’ve been trying to decide how to use the Sixlets and came up with these clusters … flavors of fall that are decorated with the colors of fall.
This is what you will need …
- 1 pound of Chocolate CandiQuik (candy melts or coating), melted according to directions on package
- 1 cup Caramel Bits
- 1 cup dehydrated apples (cut into small pieces)
- 1/2 cup salted peanuts (roughly chopped)
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup Autumn Shimmer Sixlets
- A tray lined with wax paper, parchment paper or silicone mat
- Pour the melted chocolate (CandiQuik) into a large mixing bowl.
- Add caramel bits, coarsely chopped peanuts and apple bits to melted chocolate.
- Mix well.
- Drop chocolate mixture (I used a tablespoon) on prepared tray and add a few pretty Sixlets to each cluster. Chill for a few minutes. Makes about 30 clusters
Can you see the bits of chewy caramel, apple and peanuts? It’s better to taste than see 😉
Now, for the (very opinionated) family poll …
– The hubby (who scoffed at the idea of dehydrated apples) really liked them, Son #1 liked them (he even knew what was in them), Sons #2 & #3 are out-of-town … let’s see if any are left when they return … I liked the chewiness of the apples and caramel, creaminess of chocolate, the crunchiness of nuts with that little bit of salt and the pretty Sixlets made them extra special 🙂
Thank you to Miss CandiQuik for providing me with the chocolate 🙂 All opinions are my own.
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