Apple slices, gooey caramel, and chocolate, all conveniently on a stick for easy eating. Need we say more?

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candied apples topped with nuts and sprinkles
Credit: Steven Karl Metzer

Fall is finally here. That means cozy sweaters, turning leaves, and, perhaps best of all, the start of apple season. Even if you can't make it to the orchard this year to pick your own apples, it's still easy to enjoy an abundance of this favorite fruit; there are all sorts of varieties at your local grocery store right now.

We're always looking for easy things to make with apples and these apple pops fit the bill. They're a cute twist on their classic candy apple counterpart, and making them is a fun family activity that everyone will enjoy from start to finish—but probably mostly the finish! This recipe yields 10 pops, so they're perfect for sharing with friends and loved ones.

ingredients atop countertop for candy apples
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What You'll Need

• 3-4 large apples
• 2 cups caramel for apple dipping
• 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted
• 10 wooden ice pop sticks
• 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
• 1 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles 

cutting apple into slices
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Wash and dry the apples thoroughly. Cut apples into 1/2 inch-thick slices, cutting in the same direction as the core to keep the apple shape of each slice. Depending on the size of the apples and whether or not you choose to use the core section, you should be able to get two to four good sized apple-shaped slices from each apple.

sliced apples on popsicle sticks
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Next, use a butter knife to puncture a small slit in the bottom center of each apple slice, then insert a wooden ice pop stick. Use a paper towel to blot and absorb all of the juices. Then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

drizzling chocolate and caramel on apple slices
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Melt the caramel following the instructions on the packaging.  Dip each of the apples to fully coat, letting the excess caramel drip back into the pan. Return dipped apples to parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with chocolate.

Top with peanuts or sprinkles and transfer to the refrigerator until chocolate is firm, about 10 minutes. Serve—and see how fast they go!

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