My younger son loves caramel apples! So instead of buying them I decided to make some for him.
1 package of caramels
4 wooden pop sticks/sticks or 1/4 inch thick dowel rods
1 bowl of ice water (optional)
1) Insert dowel rods (or your choice from above, when I have guests I use small sticks from outside and wash them well); into each stem end of each apple.
2) Cover a pan with parchment paper; set aside
3) Place caramels in small sauce pan and melt (my stove top has a "melt" setting if yours doesn't just use the lowest setting possible.)
4) Dip apples into melted caramel until evenly coated, spooning caramel over apple as necessary. Once covered with caramel you can roll the apples in sprinkles or nuts if you wish. Otherwise, you can dip the apple in ice water to make the caramel 'set' quickly then place it on the parchment paper to dry, or you can simply place the caramel apple on the parchment paper and place the prepared plate in the refrigerator for an hour or so. (Both options work just as well)!