If you haven't noticed, we're pretty much obsessed with fall ingredients: squash, cinnamon, Brussels sprouts and, duh, apples! We compared the prep time and price differences between store-bought and homemade apples, and for just 99 cents each, you're going to get a high quality, flavorful homemade caramel apple in about 20 minutes. Just follow these three simple steps:

 1. Wash and dry 4 apples. Insert a wood ice pop stick, skewer or chopstick into the stem end of each.

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2. In a microwaveable bowl, combine 14 oz. (1 bag) soft caramel candies with 2 tbsp. water. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals for 2 ½ to 3 minutes, stirring often, until melted.


3. Dip apples into the caramel to coat; transfer to a greased, wax paper-lined baking sheet or liners. Chill for 1 hour. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Makes

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Test Kitchen Tip: To offset the sweet caramel coating, pick tart varieties like Granny Smiths or Macouns. Enjoy!

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