In my youth, caramel apples were an inexpensive treat we savored around Halloween. I remember peeling the plastic off the little Kraft cubes so my mom could throw them in a pan and melt them up for apple dipping. The package also contained the occasional chocolate cube which we ate with relish during the process. We always used apples of the Red Delicious variety. To this day, I have a difficult time eating green apples which feel unripe, inedible. When the caramel was good and soft, we dunked and swirled the apples in the golden goo doing our best to coat them as thick as possible before placing them on a square of wax paper where we stared at them trying to will the cooling process to quicken.
In Seattle, I saw these beautiful Tiger Butter Caramel Apples decorated in geometric swirls looking as if they were hand painted by an artisan. They were almost too pretty to eat. Definitely a caramel apple for the discerning gourmet with a gourmet price attached.