Try These Locally-Inspired, Bite-Size Candy Apples

Published November 2017, Hour Detroit magazine and hourdetroit.com

Elevate the fall favorite by wrapping it in Michigan-made snacks

By Emma Klug and Lexi Trimpe // Photograph By Carolyn Chin Watson

Michigan apples are available nearly 365 days a year, which means there’s often an opportunity to bite into a juicy McIntosh, sweet Golden Delicious, the popular and full-flavored Red Delicious, or any of the 13 other locally grown apple breeds. As tasty as the selection created by the more than 11.3 million apple trees in commercial production in the state can be, adding a candy coating can make them even more enjoyable.

“I believe caramel and candy apples are comfort food,” says Renee Bow’les, confectioner and owner of Eastern Market-based Chewy’s Gourmet Kitchen, which specializes in candy apple creations.

From Sanders chocolate or caramel dip, vanilla-infused marshmallows from Detroit Marshmallow Co., crunchy Better Made Chips, Dearborn bacon, and more, local ingredients can help add interest to your candy apples.

But, be warned, making them look pretty is no easy feat.

“Have all of your ingredients prepared,” Bow’les says. “And (be) ready to work and (have) a lot of patience.”

Almond Joy:  Red Delicious apple + Sanders Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Dessert Topping; sanderscandy.com+ Germack Shelled Almonds; germack.com + toasted coconut

The Fat Elvis: Golden Delicious apple + Germack Honey Roasted Peanut Butter; germack.com + Dearborn bacon; dearbornbrand.com + True Goodness by Meijer Freeze Dried Banana Slices; meijer.com

S’mores: Golden Delicious apple + Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Dessert Topping; sanderscandy.com + Detroit Marshmallow Co. Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Marshmallow and Handcrafted Graham Crackers; detroitmarshco.com

Cereal Concoction: Red Delicious apple + Mindo Chocolate Makers White Chocolate Chunks; mindochocolate.com + Kellogg’s Apple Jacks; kelloggs.com

Salted Caramel: Gala apple + sea salt + Sanders Classic Caramel Desert Topping; sanderscandy.com

Pure Detroit: Gala apple + Sanders Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Dessert Topping; sanderscandy.com + Better Made Original Potato Chips; bettermadesnackfoods.com

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