Howdy. In 2011, I finally got around to making the custom, huge, fancy, caramel and chocolate apples that sell for $6-$20 per apple in boutiques and online. Here is a photo of two of the apples along with some other chocolate treats made that year:
They turned out EXACTLY like the fancy-dancy-oooh-la-la expensive apples. I used Midway canned caramel (#10 can) purchased on line. I purchased some extra-fancy, huge, Granny Smith apples at Costco. I used Guittard A'Peels dark and white chocolate. I invested a LOT of time searching for a pretty wrapping that didn't cost a fortune. (Finally settled on "good enough" that you can see in the photo above.)
They were a pain in the butt. They were expensive. They were time consuming. They have a short shelf life. I will NEVER do them again..... I will pay $6-$20 if I want one for myself.
Why you may ask? Because I made about 50 of those gorgeous, drop-dead-fabulous apples and gave them as gifts. I expected people to fall over and faint with the wonderfulness of receiving homemade caramel/chocolate apples. HA! Didn't happen. No one was rude nor ungrateful, but for the massive amount of work involved, the huge expense, etc., ALL of my gift recipients LOVED the huge, oversized Pecan Turtles and Chocolate Dipped Oreos WAAAAAAAAAAY better.
Everyone "ooooh'd and aaaaah'd" over the chocolate Christmas ornament. They said, "...thanks..." for the apple(s), then preceded to rave about the pecan turtles.
Hmmmm.....I thought. Just about ANYTHING chocolate is easier, quicker, less expensive, and is better received than the apples.
Now with all that said, I am glad I finally did the apples. Like a difficult recipe, it's out of my system now, and I won't be hearing the siren call of fancy-schmancy caramel chocolate apples ever again...... whew......
I do not recommend the wraps (tried 'em). Peters Caramel log is excellent, but for a lot of apples, the Midway works best in my opinion.
Here are some of the links that I used to compile suggestions, instructions, and ideas. You'll find a LOT of stuff if you do a google search.