You will need:
2 tbsp. water
4 firm apples (we suggest Granny Smith)
chopped nuts (optional)
14-oz. bag caramels
4 popsicle sticks
Wash apples, remove stems and dry with a clean kitchen towel.
Push one stick into the center of each apple. Push into the top of the apple, where the stem would be. Set apples aside.
Unwrap caramels and place with the water in a large microwaveable bowl.
In one minute increments, microwave on high, stirring after each minute passes, until caramels are melted.
Remove caramel mixture from microwave.
Hold each apple by the stick and dip into hot caramel sauce, turning to coat. Let excess drip back into pan. Scrape caramel off the bottom of the apple with a knife, or use the edge of the bowl.
If desired roll, coated apples in chopped nuts before the caramel has set.
If desired, melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl in the same manner as described above for caramels. Drip or carefully pour thin lines of chocolate onto the coated apples as caramel is starting to set.
Place coated apples on a greased baking sheet and put in refrigerator for 15 minutes or more, until caramel is set.
Store caramel apples in the refrigerator.