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Sunday, October 14 2012

These spooky Halloween treats are really apples coated with caramel and candy coating resemble shrunken heads. You add the candy faces.


Shrunken Heads
Recipe from 
Servings: 8 medium apples
Prep Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins
     medium  apples
       wooden craft sticks
     cup  coarsely chopped nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, or peanuts
    21  ounces (about 75)  vanilla caramels or chocolate caramels, unwrapped
     tablespoons  water
     ounces  vanilla-flavor candy coating
     teaspoons  shortening
        Desired candies for decoration, such as licorice, candy corn, gumdrops, candy-coated chocolate pieces (optional)
        Tubes of writing gel decorating icing
        Canned frosting
Wash and dry apples. Remove stems. Insert one wood stick into the stem end of each apple. Place apples on a buttered baking sheet. Place chopped nuts in a shallow dish; set aside.
In a heavy medium saucepan, heat and stir the caramels and water over medium-low heat just until caramels are melted.
Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture, spooning caramel evenly over apple. Allow excess caramel to drip off. Briefly set bottoms of apples in chopped nuts. Set apples on prepared baking sheet and let stand about 30 minutes or until firm.
In a heavy, small saucepan, heat and stir the vanilla-flavor candy coating and shortening over low heat just until mixture is melted. Holding apples over the saucepan, spoon the melted candy coating evenly over the tops of the caramel-coated apples. Return to baking sheet and let stand about 30 minutes or until firm.
Decorate the apples to resemble faces or monsters using desired candies and writing gel. Use writing gel or canned frosting to attach candies to dipped apples. Makes 8 medium apples.

make-ahead tip
Prepare apples as directed. Cover and chill for up to two days.
nutrition information
Per serving: Calories 691, Total Fat 26 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 9 mg, Sodium 242 mg, Carbohydrate 111 g, Fiber 5 g, Protein 5 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 13%, Calcium 17%, Iron 5%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet 
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