So Andy's boss was coming over for Family Home Evening one October Monday night.
Kind of last minute, Andy decided it would be fun to do caramel apples.
I called my good friend Katie who is a caramel apple guru and got some tips and her homemade caramel recipe.
I'm not much of a candy maker and so I had a hard time determining when the caramel had reached the "hard ball" stage. I kind of guessed and then dipped all the apples just as our guest arrived.
After our wonderful lesson, given by Josh (who chose the topic of "guilt" :), I went over to check on the apples and get the chocolate ready to melt. Hard As A Rock! I had cooked the caramel way too long :( Luckily we had a backup dessert ready to go.
We had such a fun evening with Andy's boss. He was such a joy to have in our home...but I felt really bad that our apples didn't work out. I was determined to get it right so the next day I bought more apples and called Katie again for more tips.
I was going to be seeing the boss again that evening at a meeting we were having with the student teachers so I planned to take one to him then. I realized however that I should just make one for all the student teachers/spouses and Andy's secretary.
Once I got the hang of things they were actually quite enjoyable to make and I had just enough to give to everyone that night.
They were well received and I had many compliments later on about how they were "the best caramel apples they had ever had".
The next day I decided I needed to make some to give to friends so I went ahead and did another batch. Lots of fun!
On Pinterest the other day I saw something rather intriguing...
chocolate, caramel dipped pears...hmmmmm... I may have to try out this more Christmasy version of my newly acquired skill :)