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Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples
Caramel apples are often a delicious treat enjoyed at Halloween time or in the fall. They can be made with a variety of different kinds of apples and may be topped with several different kinds of topping choices. These topping choices include peanuts, walnuts, sprinkles, chopped up candy bars and more.
To make a caramel apple, you will need to wash the apples that you intend to use first. You can use red, yellow, or green apples for this, depending on your individual taste preference. You will then want to stick a popsicle stick into the top of each apple.

Next you will want to unwrap a 14 ounce package of caramels. To this add 2 tablespoons of milk and melt well in the microwave, about 2 minutes. Dip each apple into the caramel mixture, then set on a cookie sheet to dry if you desire a plain caramel apple. If you like toppings, you would then roll into the desired topping, and then place on the cookie sheet to dry. It is best if you place waxed paper onto the cookie sheet first for easy clean up.

Here are some topping ideas you may wish to try:

top with peanuts or walnuts

  • roll in mini M&Ms roll in crushed up Butterfinger candy bars top with mini marshmallows and crushed up graham crackers
  • sprinkle with coconut
  • drizzle with dark chocolate
  • roll in Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, or Rice Crispies cereal
  • cover with chopped up Snickers, Milky Way, or other candy bars top with chocolate, peanut butter, or butterscotch chips drizzle with melted peanut butter

Pros
  • variety of toppings
  • fun to eat
  • delicious
  • great treat
  • many flavor combinations
  • easy to make are somewhat healthy
  • inexpensive to make
  • treat loved by kids and adults
  • can be made into gourmet treats
  • sweet

Cons
  • sticky
  • messy
  • sometimes kids just want to eat the toppings off them

Supporters

idealmikey

Toffee Apples for the win!

I've actually never had popcorn balls myself and they sound really nice how you can make them with different flavored things too. But who doesn't love the good old toffee apple? Or Caramel apples or whatever. We used to get the big red candy apples at the fair. I have fond memories of me and my red candy apple lol. Those are munch though. And you get a healthy apple to eat as well instead of just pure candy like candy floss is! I haven't had one for a long time now though I think it's been about 30 years I swear down lol. Well come on! When was the last time you had a candy apple? :D
Posted by idealmikey on 09-20-2017
Sue

Caramel apples for me please

Caramel apples are my favorite treat. They always have been since I was a kid. They are so good and messy to easy. I like the Granny Smith apples because I love the sweet and sour combination. It is such a good taste and so good. I like them with nuts or other candies added for extra flavors.
Posted by Sue on 09-19-2017
Mehano

Yummy apples

I have never seen or tasted the popcorn balls. I am guessing that is more of an American thing? My country doesn't know it but we do know the delicous caramel apples.

Caramel apples aren't extremely popular here but I still love them because you can easily make them. Even if you buy them from a stand, they're usually very cheap and you can choose from a variety of toppings!

Also, that smell that they give, yum!

Posted by Mehano on 09-20-2017
AlexHarris

Caramel Apples

While I don't think of caramel apples being an optimal thing to give away for Halloween, I would much prefer a caramel apple over a popcorn ball. Maybe it's because I'm greedy, maybe it's because I'm concerned how they stuck the popcorn together or that it would get chewy rather than being crunchy like popcorn should. Not even I myself know. All I do know is that caramel apples are a lot more in mass and taste better.
Posted by AlexHarris on 09-20-2017
Denis_P

Delicious Autumn treat.

I absolutely have to go with caramel apples. They were a favorite treat of mine ever since I was a child. Specifically, sour apples coated in caramel and covered in chopped peanuts. I lived in a city that typically didn't sell these at candy stores though, so I would have to wait until the Autumn when my local supermarket would sell prepackaged caramel apples. It was always worth the wait though, because even today when I bite into one it reminds of fond, Autumn childhood memories.
Posted by Denis_P on 09-20-2017
wallet

Caramel Apples

I like both, but my favorites are the Caramel Apples. I was eating this kind of apples when I was a small boy when my sister bought me almost in every week. I will never forget that unique taste of caramel. I have tried some apples made in a sweet shop but it has a different taste.
Posted by wallet on 09-20-2017
Joteque

Caramel Apples here please.

Even though I've outgrown the sweet tooth fetish that once lured me to the candy shop repeatedly, I would prefer Caramel Apples. This time around I'd probably use honey instead of caramel and some mixed nuts toppings. Pop corn balls sound like a lot of work for a little reward which is not that good of an idea when one is appeasing a sugar rush but still maintain a conscious insight on a wholesome and healthy treat.
Posted by Joteque on 09-20-2017
gata montes

Caramel apples - yum, yum .....

Oh my - even though I've never actually had one - mainly because they're not something that we have where I live - this is an easy choice.

As not only do I not particularly like popcorn balls - but as the combination of apples and caramel is something that I've always found irresistibly delicious and even more so if mixed with dried fruit or coconut - definitely caramel apples for me.

Posted by gata montes on 09-20-2017
JoeMilford

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples have been a staple of Halloween for me ever since I was a young boy. Although these delights can really play hell on your teeth, they are definitely delicious and can be coated with all sort of tasty treats once they have been dipped into the caramel. The tartness and sweetness of the apple mixed with the caramel taste is a wonderful contrast. I think that these treats are a tradition at Halloween as we try to eat up the rest of the apples before the winter really ensues.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-20-2017
wiseagent

Appes!

I really like popcorn, but these types of apples are irresistible to me. The mixture of flavors and the crispness that is obtained are sensational, mainly because it's something so simple and at the same time so delicious.

Apples for life, haha!

Posted by wiseagent on 09-20-2017
cubo

Delicious

It's been a while since the last time I ate a caramel apple. My mom used to buy me a couple of it when she visited my grandparents but the place, where my mom used to buy caramel apples, closed and now it's difficult to find another store where I can buy caramel apples. Caramel apple with melted chocolate is the best thing I've ever tasted in my life.
Posted by cubo on 09-20-2017
rogel

Caramel apples looks appetizing!!!

I would love to eat this kind of sweets compare to popcorn balls which is very common. It is also best to prepare this coming Halloween season. Kids would love it too because of the caramel coating h
Posted by rogel on 09-20-2017
blank629

Apples!

I love eating apples even when it is raw. So I think it would taste better if it will mixed with caramel. I also love eating caramel so I think it will be a good combination! Anyone can make it and it is easy to make. The best treat I will receive this halloween.
Posted by blank629 on 09-20-2017
Wubwub

more distinct

I feel like popcorn balls are pretty much like caramel popcorn that is shaped into a ball and I've had that before so I'm choosing caramel apples because most of the time I'd have just a regular apple and this would be something special at least. Also it's at least healthier since it has some fruit in it while popcorn balls are just carbohydrates and sugar.
Posted by Wubwub on 07-21-2018
tophew

Caramel apples for the win!

This is one of my favorite snack the caramel apples or other flavor chocolate apples this taste sweet and delicious also a healthy food to eat with apple fruit and honestly i don't like popcorn. my girlfriend is good in making caramel apples we eat a lot.
Posted by tophew on 09-20-2017
Kakashi2020

Apples

Caramel Apples are way more delicious than chocolate/Toffee/Caramel covered popcorn balls. Also apples are healthier and more balance when it comes to sweetness. Also it has big portions , I mean it's a whole apple.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-16-2018

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Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls
Popcorn balls have been around for years and have been a classic Halloween treat that many have loved. They are easy to make, with a variety of recipes. They can be made plain or jazzed up with different flavors. For an easy popcorn ball, you can combine the following: ¾ cup corn syrup - 1 cup mini marshmallows ¼ cup margarine or butter - 2 t cold water 2 5/8 cup powdered sugar Bring these ingredients to a boil. You will then add about 20 cups of fresh popped popcorn. Coat the popcorn well, then using greased hands, roll into balls. Allow each popcorn ball to cool, then wrap in plastic wrap or place in a sealed ziplock baggie.

The possibilities are endless with popcorn balls. You can add in a bit of food coloring to make them different colors. Consider adding a mix in, such as M&Ms, Reeces Pieces, Coconut, Nuts, Sprinkles and more.

Pros
  • sweet
  • crunchy
  • salty *delicious
  • quick to make
  • chewy results
  • great Halloween old fashioned treat
  • can be drizzled with caramel or chocolate
  • sprinkles can be added
  • gummy candies are a great mix in

Cons
  • kids may rather have candy
  • may get hard
  • not always easy to bite into

Supporters

kingcool52

Popcorn balls

I have never actually heard of popcorn balls so I have never actually had them either. I had no idea such thing existed to be fair either lol. But I would much rather eat popcorn balls (because I do love popcorn after all) over caramel apples. I'm just not a huge fan of caramel unless it's in some sort of a chocolate bar so I doubt I would enjoy it that much
Posted by kingcool52 on 09-20-2017
idealmikey
Me neither mate but want to try them lol I think they would be really nice made with some chocolate or caramel though definitely! And if you can buy these as I meander you can then shut up and take my money! :D
LeJayJ

In Honour of an iconic Halloween Favorite

I was originally going to decline voting in order to say that it is unfair to pit two iconic Halloween treats against each other and ask people to decide which is better as both, in my opinion, are everything good about an old fashioned Halloween. Halloween is a time of tricks and treats so rules are out and tricks are in. Two things can be number one for once and both those treats are number one in my books. I can still remember being able to choose freshly made, homemade treats presented to us kids on a platter. Those were the days when you weren't too afraid to take something unsealed from your neighbor. But even then parents were cautious and we always had to bring everything home to be checked before eating. The people that took the time to give out popcorn balls and Caramel apples weren't many but I'll tell you if I can still remember them some 40 plus years later they must have left an good impression.
Posted by LeJayJ on 09-21-2017
Tania997

They are so good

Popcorn balls are just so good. They have an amazing taste, so much better than caramel apple. Caramel apple doesn't really look like a Halloween sweet, popcorn balls do. They are so sweet.
Posted by Tania997 on 09-21-2017
Barida

Good taste.

It is essential that we consider the type of decorations that can be chewed when we are doing some good time in enjoying ourselves. The popcorn balls are really good as you can eat them after making use of them in decorations which is simply okay and the fact that it is cheaper makes it one that is affordable.
Posted by Barida on 07-21-2018

Comments

kgord
For sure caramel apples. I was never really a fan of popcorn balls and I don't associate them wih Halloween anyway. The are more of a Christmas item as far as I am concerned. I don't like them for any holiday really. I don't think I would ever make them at home.
Posted by kgord on 09-19-2017
ballyhara
Caramel apples all the way! I like the mix of juice apple and sweet caramel, and also when it has peanut topping. The bad part is that they can be very messy, but the good one is the kids get full after one, so they won't eat thousands of candy after getting one apple. And by the way, they are eating fruits, which is way more better than just a lot of chocolates and gum. Candy apples are one of my best memories from visits to Disney World too.
Posted by ballyhara on 09-20-2017
jaysolano12
I like to eat Caramel Apples and Popcorn Balls, and about this matter, I will not choose. Because regarding this selection, I am vote, for both of it. Caramel apples have chocolate ingredients that, the taste makes so good. The toppings of both desserts feels so good that, I myself would make feel to mix both of them. When ever I feel so bad about myself, I would eat a lot of chocolates such Caramel chocolate, because it satisfy my inner soul loneliness and sadness. I always eat a lot of eat, and even I give something to my siblings. Today, I have a lot of chocolate varieties, and corn foods. My uncle has a businesses that, the product itself will be market to the young people, especially children. The children love it very much, and my uncle appreciated, so much when ever someone likes his products. He had the same products mention above, and distributed it to his local branch for sale. That's why I don't both of them. because they have special place, for mood of emotions to someone need it.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 09-20-2017
rose thornes
Pop corn balls for me. Caramel apple is not always available here. I love pop corn and pop balls is the best choice for me. I like the chewy and crunchy texture of it. I like to put caramel, chocolates, nuts and coconuts in it.
Posted by rose thornes on 09-20-2017
babyright
Caramel Apples are a really great menu , the caramel can be mixed with other different varieties to make it richer and to taste better unlike in popcorn balls which cannot be made to go with other different varieties .
Posted by babyright on 09-20-2017
Wubwub
I've never really had a popcorn ball, but I think I could imagine well enough what it would taste like, and while I think it is good, I don't think it would be that much different than whatever I could add in to regular popcorn without having to shape it into a ball. In short, I think popcorn balls are probably just different in shape, so I would have to go with caramel apples on this one because that actually has a unique flavor that you wouldn't be able to taste any other way.
Posted by Wubwub on 09-20-2017
vinaya
I have never tasted caramel apples. I like caramels however, I have never eaten apples dipped in caramel. I have eaten popcorn balls, I won't say I like pop corn balls very much, however, I will also not say I disliked the taste of pop corn balls. Since I am not from Halloween culture, I did not know pop corn balls were Halloween treat.
Posted by vinaya on 10-10-2017
Corzhens
The food items that are featured in this discussion are both delicious that they make me salivate. I like the popcorn balls with that buttery taste. And I also love caramel apple on a stick especially the small apples. I had tasted that when we were in Beijing some years back. Caramel strawberries and caramel apples were being sold on the street outside the Tiananmen Square. Out of curiosity, we sampled both caramel fruits and they are worth the cost and the trouble of eating. My hands became sticky.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-08-2018