These started with a much more complex idea. I wanted to make caramel apple pops in a nontraditional way, since I always have such trouble biting into a huge, sticky apple. But I wanted to keep a real apple in there somehow. So apple chips. And then to just add caramel and a stick. After a ridiculous amount of trial and error–with caramel apple sauce, melting caramel chips and butterscotch chips and starting all over, burning a decorating bag in the microwave, scraping hardened candy off my counters–I ended up with the easiest ever recipe. (Shaking head at myself for adding all those extra steps.)
Apple chips are available in the supermarket, likely in the produce department near the apples. But throughout all the aforementioned testing and scrapping, I did make a few batches of my own apple chips. I use sea salt on mine, but you can also use sugar.
how to make apple chips
you will need:
1 to 2 Granny Smith apples
what to do:
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Pare the apple(s), if desired. Slice the top and bottom of the apple(s) and discard. Slice the apple(s) with a mandolin or as thinly as possible with a sharp knife, removing any seeds. Place about 12 apple slices on a parchment paper-lined baking tray and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for one hour, turn over slices, and continue to bake for one to two more hours until the apple slices are completely dry. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in an air-tight container.
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