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Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 1 p.m.

Try a hand-dipped caramel apple for a Frugal Friday at Kilwin's

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu, Contributor

Today's Frugal Floozie Friday post features the consummate, classic fall treat — caramel apples from Kilwin's.

These aren't just any ol' caramel apples, made with little cellophane-wrapped squares... nope. These are hand-dipped into caramel that has been tended in copper kettles, from the original recipe developed by Don Kilwin himself.

To their credit, Kilwin's uses Granny Smith apples, whose tartness perfectly complements the sweetness of the caramel, which tantalizes with just a hint of butterscotch. The texture is perfection — firm enough to adhere to the apple, soft enough to bite or cut directly into the sublime treat without resistance.

The apples that are dipped into nuts are just over our mandatory Frugal Floozie Friday budget; but the plain ones — a term which is woefully dismissive of a truly luxurious indulgence! — are a perfect $5.

I walk by the windows at Kilwin's on a regular basis, gazing at the beautiful rows of caramel apples each time; they are lined up in formation, ready to go to a good home. It is easy to be seduced by them when you see them in their beautiful simplicity. And once you've eaten one, you'll want to return again and again and again....

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Mary Bilyeu has won or placed in more than 60 cooking contests and writes about her adventures in the kitchen. She was thrilled to have her post about Scottish Oatmeal Shortbread named as one of the daily "Best of the Blogs" by the prestigious Food News Journal.

Go visit Mary's blog — Food Floozie — on which she enthuses and effuses over all things food-related. Her newest feature is Frugal Floozie Friday, seeking fun and food for $5 or less ... really! Feel free to email her with questions or comments or suggestions:

The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers as they cook along with her ... may you always be happy here.



Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 12:56 a.m.

Love these, and yes it is worth 5 bucks. Try going one block down to The Melting Pot and get a desert for under 5 bucks there?!

just a voice

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 10:22 p.m.

Agreed, this is not Frugal.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 10:22 p.m.

Sorry!!!! Can not have the nuts.......


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 8:37 p.m.

$5 for a caramel apple = Frugal?

Mary Bilyeu

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 10:19 p.m.

An apple hand-dipped into a pure, rich caramel which was tended for a very long time to keep it from scorching ... that is absolutely worth $5. As someone who's made her own caramel, I can personally attest to the length of time it takes to bring the butter, sugar and cream to a boil and the high level of attention that needs to be paid especially as it reaches the final stage. The labor involved in this endeavor alone is worth the price. My frugal features are not only about the quantity of food purchased for the $5, but also the variety and quality that can be found within that small budget ....