Fall in Love bridal shower and caramel apple “how to”

Last Saturday we had a shower for my new daughter-in-law to-be, Gaelyn!  We are so excited to have her in our family!  Not only is she talented, hard working, beautiful, and fun but she is the perfect match for my son Parker!  We are really blessed.  I came up with the name after looking at all the fun fall ideas and the “fall in love” theme was perfect.  There’s four free downloads and the recipe (and instructions) for the caramel apples.  I haven’t tried making carameled apples before and was really reluctant to try them but they turned out pretty great and much easier than I anticipated.  Whew… I shouldn’t try new things for something important but luckily it worked.   I decided to go with fun fall food including pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, caramel apples, and a popcorn bar (all my fall favorites).  All FREE PRINTABLES will be at the bottom of this post… enjoy!

fall in love shower invitation no address JPG

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  A must have for fall party & I got to check it off on my Fabulous Fall checklist :)

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. A must have for fall party & I got to check it off on my Fabulous Fall checklist :)

Homemade apple pie caramel apples... favorite fall treat.

Homemade apple pie caramel apples… favorite fall treat.

Popcorn Bar with candy corn, fall M & M's, and dry roasted peanuts.

Popcorn Bar with candy corn, fall M & M’s, and dry roasted peanuts.

Homemade sparkling cider... 2 liter bottle of club soda + 2 cans of frozen apple juice.  Yummy!  I doubled recipe to fit.

Homemade sparkling cider… 2 liter bottle of club soda + 2 cans of frozen apple juice. Yummy! I doubled recipe to fit.

Gift table

Gift table

View of the whole kitchen setup

View of the whole kitchen setup

Fall in Love banner that was printed on paper to look like it was printed on burlap.

Fall in Love banner that was printed on paper to look like it was printed on burlap.

 

Caramel Apples (with recipe and a few notes)

24 granny smith apples (I got mine at Costco)

5 lbs of Peter’s caramel (it comes in a brick and I used 3/4 of the brick)

2.5 lbs. of white chocolate snaps

1 1/2 cups of white sugar

1 1/2 cups of brown sugar

1 T. cinnamon sucker sticks or popsicle sticks

Directions:  Clean and dry apples before dipping.  Melt your caramel in a glass bowl in the microwave 1 minute at a time at 50% power.  Stir after each minute and it took mine 10 minutes total to be nice, smooth, and ready for dipping.  Place PARCHMENT paper (wax paper will stick to your apples) on two cookie sheets and 12 apples on each sheet.  Push the sticks into the top of the apples making sure they are in about 1/2 way so they don’t come out when you pick them up.  When the caramel is the right consistency, dip the apple into the caramel, swirling just a bit and covering about 3/4 of the apple.  Hold over the bowl and let the excess caramel drip back into the bowl while scraping the bottom of the apple.  Place back on the cookie sheet and continue until all apples are covered.  Note: if the caramel becomes thick and cool, just place back in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir.  I let my apples sit overnight before dipping in chocolate the next morning. Dipping:  Melt chocolate snaps in a glass bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds at a time and stirring between each time.  All drops should be melted and smooth and should run off a spoon or spatula easily when ready.  Repeat the same way as the caramel, letting it drip to remove the extra and then roll the sides in the sugars and cinnamon mixture.  I placed mine in a 9 x 13 pan so it would be easy to roll… dipping and rolling  was the easiest part and I thought it would be the hardest (so don’t be scared).  Let cool and set up and you’re good to go.  So yummy!!!

I got my Peter’s caramel, sticks, and white chocolate from Gygi’s in SLC.  Caramel was $16.99, the sticks came in a package of 100 for $4, and the Callebaut White Chocolate Snaps (2.5 lbs) was $8.99.

Collect all ingredients before you start

Collect all ingredients before you start

Place your sticks about 1/2 way so they won't come out while dipping or eating.

Place your sticks about 1/2 way so they won’t come out while dipping or eating.

Dip about 3/4 of the way up the apple... scraping the bottom after the excess drips off.

Dip about 3/4 of the way up the apple… scraping the bottom after the excess drips off.

Let them set up and cool before dipping in white chocolate.

Let them set up and cool before dipping in white chocolate.

Melt your chocolate and place both sugars and cinnamon in a 9 x 13 pan for rolling.

Melt your chocolate and place both sugars and cinnamon in a 9 x 13 pan for rolling.

finished apples

final pic apples

Not bad for a first timer eh? You can always drizzle the white chocolate for an added flair.

 

Such a fun shower and thanks to my friends and family for making, baking, and bringing things to help me!  For the “Fall in Love” burlap paper banner click HERE

close up banner

For the framed FALL IN LOVE 8 x 10 (to be printed on white card stock) click HERE

FIL printable

For the framed  “I can’t help falling in Love” 5 x 7 (to be printed on white card stock) click HERE 

 

I can't help falling

 

For the food items place cards click HERE

food place cards

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