Fall is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year. Throw in that we live in Vermont and it becomes amazing… especially with the fantastic stretch stretch of weather we’ve enjoyed and the amazing color on the trees. Fall also means it’s time to head back to the kitchen! Gone are the days of hazy, hot and humid temperatures that made working with fresh fruit and chocolate a little challenging!
One of the first things I crave are fresh Vermont apples, covered in homemade caramel and drizzled with chocolate. Add to that chocolate cookie pieces, walnuts, and mini-chocolate chips and you’ve got a gourmet caramel apple that is to die for! It took me a while to perfect my recipe, and more importantly the temperature of perfectly-gooey caramel, but “by gosh I think I’ve got it!”. Regular size apples are just $6 a piece.
I also love making fall-themed cake pops and acorns. The acorns are not an idea I can claim to be my own (thank you Pinterest), but wow! These little treats are amazing (and addictive)! A small bucket is just $15 – which contains about 40-50 acorns. The cake pops pictured below are a small order (about a dozen), and with the special candy corn and peep presentation, was just $25, including delivery.
And, of course, it’s fun to start making fresh fruit bouquets to fit the season! I love using black beauty grapes this time of year, and stick to yellow and orange fruit to keep it in theme. The bouquet pictured below is a large, which means it is appropriate for 4-6 people. With chocolate ghosts and delivery within 30 miles, it is just $55. If you are in charge of sending something to school or work, this makes a unique (and healthy!) addition to any table.
So… I’m actually headed back to my kitchen now to “test out” some new ideas that friends have sent. Ghoulish chocolate-dipped strawberries, teacher appreciation apple cake pops, and more. Stay tuned to see how it goes and enjoy another beautiful day in Vermont!