Caramel apples are typically reserved for children to eat on wholesome haunted hayrides, but I have other plans: since it's pretty gauche to bring a flask to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, I've made this seasonal treat totally accessible for the autumnal adult by adding a fat pour of whiskey, and slicing up the apples for easy dipping. The warm, boozy caramel sauce stays at the perfect consistency until the last bite thanks to a slow cooker, which is fast becoming our favorite kitchen appliance.   

Boozy Caramel Apples

So much better than regular caramel apples.

    Posted by Thrillist on Sunday, October 25, 2015
     

    Whiskey Caramel Apples Recipe

    Total Time: 1 hourYield: 4-6 servings

    Ingredients:

    • 1 pound caramels
    • ¼ cup whiskey
    • 4-6 apples
    • Fresh lemon juice (optional)
    • 1 cup chopped pecans

    Directions:

    1. Combine caramels and whiskey in a slow cooker and set it to low heat. Stir occasionally until melted, about 1 hour. Reduce heat to "warm."
    2. Slice apples into chunks and skewer them with wooden sticks (spritz them with a little lemon juice to prevent browning). Pour pecans into a serving dish for easy dipping. 
    3. Serve immediately... or not... since the slow cooker will keep the whiskey caramel sauce warm indefinitely.

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