The Halloween season is officially upon us, and that means it is time for a little bit of sinful indulgence. I don’t know about you, but the beloved creepy holiday is a perfect excuse for me to walk a little on the wild side and enjoy some decadent bites like these red wine caramel and chocolate apples. They are just one of the recipes being presented around the table today for a Frightfully Fun Entertaining themed #SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards!
One of the food images that always pops into my head with Halloween is a platter filled with caramel apples. They are such a wonderful treat bringing out a bountiful fruit of the fall season. You have the tart, cool crunch of the apple (I prefer Granny Smith for their tart flavor and firm texture, but you can use your favorite apple variety), the rich flavor and chewy texture of the caramel, and just enough chocolate to take this dessert over the top. Creating a slightly sinister plate of these red wine caramel and chocolate apples for my Halloween entertaining seemed like the thing to do. By replacing traditional wooden sticks with some natural branches (sourced from the craft store), these enticing caramel apples beckon to you. Take a bite, won’t you? I promise: you won’t regret it…
When it came to creating the caramel coating for the first layer of these apples, I knew it would only be fitting to include some red wine in the mix. My soft caramels melted alongside some Gallo Family Merlot to make a red wine caramel coating. After dipping my apples in the caramel and allowing them to set in the refrigerator for an hour, I absolutely had to add some chocolate to the mix. A dark chocolate layer over the top of the caramel adds a nice bittersweet flavor, and a final drizzle of white chocolate ensures this Halloween treat will be irresistible to any guests who happen to lay eyes on them.
The final result is almost too pretty to eat. However, Halloween is all about temptation, so letting yourself give in to this dessert is just fine.
The Gallo Family Red Moscato is a perfect pairing for this sinfully sweet treat. It has flavors of citrus and peach, as well as a bright red berry finish. This sweet wine is best served chilled; it is a great choice to serve alongside desserts. If you would enjoy a wine on the dry side instead, the Gallo Family Merlot is another option to consider, especially since it is used in the red wine caramel coating on these apples! It is full bodied and brings out flavors of black cherry and plum. Merlot is a great partner for the chocolate element in this dessert!
If you are looking for additional Halloween entertaining ideas, make sure to check out Gallo’s post on Frightfully Fun Entertaining! If you are searching for Gallo Family Vineyards’ wine near you, check out their store locator. You can even download a $1 off digital coupon for your next purchase!
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
And don’t miss out on all of the other amazing frightfully fun recipes by the Sunday Supper crew today!
- Beef Stew with Ghost Dumplings by Momma’s Meals
- Blackened Chicken Legs with Red Beets and Potatoes by Jelly Toast
- Brain Cupcakes with Red Moscato Wine Shooters by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Dracula Wine Jelly by Basic N Delicious
- Gallo Family Red Moscato Cocktail by Flour On My Face
- Ghoulishly Good Red Moscato Punch by The Weekend Gourmet
- Halloween Buffalo Ranch Pork Bites by Family Foodie
- Meringue Bones with Raspberry Sauce by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Mummy Calzone by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Poison Apple Pomegranate Sangria by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Pumpkin Chili by The Foodie Army Wife
- Red Moscato Candied Apples by The Messy Baker
- Red Moscato Spider Sangria by Run DMT
- Red Velvet Cake Eye Balls by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Red Wine Caramel and Chocolate Apples by Ruffles & Truffles
- Roasted Garlic Hummus by Alida’s Kitchen
- Smoked Trout Pate Spider Bites by Shockingly Delicious
- Steak Bites with Bloody Maria Dipping Sauce by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Witches Blood Risotto by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Zombie Bite Wine Slushies by Feed Me, Seymour
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I think I just died and went to heaven! These look absolutely out of this world!
Thanks so much Kim!!!
SO creative to put your apples on actual sticks! Love that idea. Plus having them dipped in caramel AND chocolate sounds incredible.
It’s such a simple little addition, but I think it totally took it up a notch!
Those apples! The sticks! The spider glasses! Want them ALL!
The glasses are one of my new favorite purchases! It’s a set of 4, and all of them have a different image on them!
You ‘had’ to add chocolate? Well only if you insist and well I certainly do!
Yep – I had to! 😉 Clearly….haha!
Probably my favorite fall sweet! Gorgeous!!!
It’s kind of scary how fast they disappeared from our fridge…
I love the fall look created with the twigs. Caramel apples is a family favorite and brings back fond memories as a kid growing up. The addition of the red wine makes these “all grown up”
What a creative way to do caramel apples!! I love the addition of the Gallo wine and the chocolate!! Gorgeous photos!!
I mean, adding wine just seemed like the right thing to do! 😉
These apples are gorgeous Katie! I love red wine and chocolate together so these are right up my ally!!!
That pairing is definitely one of my favorites!
I would definitely not regret one bite! And apples, red wine and dark chocolate – practically health food!
I like that line of thinking… 😉
Caramel apples scream Halloween! I love that you added chocolate to the mix. Nom!
I can say no to caramel apples…but not when chocolate is also involved!
You, my friend, are a genius. These are the best looking candy apples I have ever seen, and I bet they taste even better!!! I would have loved to be the taste-tester for these 🙂
Why thank you!!! 😉
Chocolate and caramel sound perfect on these apples!
You can’t go wrong with that flavor combo…right?
Yum I bet these taste wonderful.
These apples look SO enticing…love those branches. Such a nice presentation for Fall!!!
Thanks so much Wendy!