As a child, I always looked forward to fall. I wish it were because I got to see colorful foliage, listen to leaves crunch underneath my feet, and feel the cool autumn breeze against my skin. Unfortunately, I rarely got to experience autumn the way most people did. Growing up in Houston, TX, I was privy to only three seasons – Football season, Hurricane season, and Hot.
The reason why I eagerly anticipated fall was because it ushered in a period tasty treats that started in October and lasted until my birthday in January. I indulged in massive quantities of candy, cake, pie, and teacakes. My favorite autumn treats were the Candy Apples my mother’s friend used to make for my sister and me.
I loved the red ones with the hard candy shell, but I was partial to the caramel apples. I enjoyed the soft, chewy caramel coating and the crunchy, red apples underneath.
It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I realized I hadn’t shared this part of my childhood with my own kids. After consulting with my mother, I decided to make my own version for my children.
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Crusted Chocolate Chip & Salted Caramel Apples
I always like to kick it up a notch when I make a recipe. Instead of making the plain caramel apples I had when I was a kid, I decided to add a sweet and salty coating to enhance the flavor.
I started with the ingredients: Kellogg’s Corn Flakes (Disclosure: I’m a paid member of the Kellogg’s #Kchamps team), Apples (choose your favorite kind), Sea Salt, Chocolate Chips, and Caramel. Instead of skewers, I used sturdier chopsticks. You will also need some wax paper and a cookie sheet.
Cover the cookie sheet with the wax paper. Insert the chopsticks into the apples and place them on the cookie sheet while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Crush the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes in a dish and mix in the sea salt and chocolate chips (note: go light on the salt). I purchased microwaveable caramel because it was easier for me to deal with. If you want to make your own caramel sauce from scratch, here is a recipe (Homemade Caramel Sauce).
When the caramel is melted and ready, dip an apple into the sauce to cover and then coat with the corn flakes mixture. You’ll have to move fast to cover the apples in caramel before it hardens.
Place the apples on the cookie sheet and allow them to cool and set. I put mine in the refrigerator for about an hour before summoning my kids for a tasting.
My daughter was the first to try one of the apples. She had a hard time biting into it so I cut it into smaller pieces to make it more manageable. She liked the crunchiness of the coating and the contrasting sweet and salty flavor. My sons, however, had a different opinion. They didn’t like the saltiness. They tried to remove the salt crystals and eat the caramel and chocolate.
When I bit into the apple, a flood of memories rushed into my head. Who knew that a simple caramel apple could make you feel like a kid again.
Join the conversation: What treats bring back memories of your childhood?