Recipe: Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are a delicious Autumn tradition in our family. Everyone makes theirs slightly different with a variety of tasty toppings.


6 Medium Apples
1 LB Merckens Baking Caramel
(optional) Any toppings you wish to use


  1. Remove the stems from each apple and then give them a quick wash. Be sure to make sure they are completely dry as the caramel will not stick to a wet apple.
    1. If your apples are waxy, be sure to remove. This is essential for good adhesiveness. Some folks prefer a white vine vinegar and warm water wash – others use 1 T lemon juice & 1 T baking soda to the water for 4 inches of warm water in your sink. Wash/brush well.
  2. Melt the caramel in the microwave for 2-3 minutes or until it is completely smooth when stirring. Optionally add a tablespoon of milk to make the caramel thinner.
  3. While your caramel is melting, press a wooden stick into the stem hole of each apple. Flat popsicles or chopsticks work great for this.
  4. Cover a large plate or cookie sheet in parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray.
  5. Prepare your toppings in medium bowls.
    1. How crazy can you get. M&Ms, melted chocolate, diced Swedish fish or gummies, cashews, walnuts, sprinkles, coconut, chocolate chips, rock crystal candy…
  6. Dip your apple into the caramel, then roll it in the toppings you wish to add. Stand them on the cookie sheet.
  7. When you have dipped all of your apples, refrigerate for an hour or until the caramel is firm.
  8. Remove from the fridge 15 minutes prior to serving.
  9. Share and enjoy!!

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With back to school well under way, we’ve put together two new College Candy Care Packages:  Grande and Venti size.  To place an order, please visit us online

Pearls VentiVenti  – $69.99

Assortment includes full size bags of Swedish Fish, Chocolate Brownie Bits, Sour Patch  Kids, Chocolate Gummi Bears, Chocolate Cookie Dough, M&M, Imported Gummi Bears, small solid milk chocolate computer, Snickers, Rolos and Hershey bars. Comes with a white Sterilite reusable storage basket, custom color note card and free shipping! To add a custom note, please add your short message to the Notes section when checking out. Final assortment may vary depending on availability.

Pearls Grande

Grande  – $49.99

Assortment includes full size bags of Swedish Fish, Chocolate Brownie Bits, Chocolate Gummi Bears, Chocolate Cookie Dough, M&M, Sour Patch Fruits, Imported Gummi Bears, Snickers and Hershey bars. Comes with a white Sterilite reusable storage basket, custom color note card and free shipping! To add a custom note, please add your short message to the Notes section when checking out. Final assortment may vary depending on availability.

We welcome your thoughts and feedback.  Is there a different product mix you would like to see… say next month.  ;)   Let us know and we’ll see what we can do.  Each package comes with a white Sterilite reusable storage basket, custom color note card and free shipping!


Fall Is In The Air

Why does Fall always remind me of creamy chocolate homemade fudge?  I’m not sure.

Autumn candy for most people probably includes baking caramel for apples, candy corn or Green Apple Caramel Pops by Tootsie.

For those a bit more adventurous, maybe some gummi boogers.  Or old fashioned candy for those Trick Or Treaters.

Either way, we have you covered.  Visit us in store or online.

What are your Fall favorites?  Let us know.

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How to Make a Successful Candy Buffet

There are many things to consider when putting together a candy buffet. What is the theme? How many guests? How will I display the candy? How many jars? How much candy should I buy? This can overwhelming if you haven’t done one before, but we’re here to help. We hope this Pearls Candy NH guide will help create a plan and reduce some of the guess work.

What theme is your event?

If your event doesn’t have a definite theme (i.e. beach or sports), consider including all your personal favorites. Themes can be anything from coordinating colors, to 80s candy, to Star Wars. Having a general idea will make finding containers and picking your candy a little easier.

How many jars and what styles?

As a general rule of thumb, we suggest 5-7 jars if you will have less than 50 guests. For every 25 guests after the first 50, add 1 more jar. For an event with 100 guests, you should lean towards 7-10 jars. We typically suggest an odd number of containers of varying sizes, styles and heights. You can use glass jars, plastic containers or even plastic beach pails. Mix it up and have fun!

Serving the candy?

Keep in mind some candy requires scoops (such as gumballs or M&Ms). You may need a wider mouthed container to assist in getting the candy out. For larger candies or gummies, you might want tongs. The larger the scoop, the more candy your guests can take at a time. The material of the scoops and tongs may be important based on your event. Metal tongs could accidentally scratch or chip a glass jar. Plastic utensils will prevent this issue and can be less expensive.

How can Pearls Candy NH help?

The amount of candy required is going to be dependent on the number of guests, jars, and/or if other desserts will be offered. As a rule of thumb, 4-8 ounces per guest will be plenty. Once you have your jars, we’ll work with you to finalize your candy assortment and amount to buy. To save a bit of money, fill the bigger jars with larger candies like salt water taffy. Taffy is inexpensive and takes up a lot of room. 1 pound of salt water taffy is about 5 cups while 1 pound of M&M’s is only 2 cups.

Table decorations and centerpieces?

Consider jar placement on your table. Will your jars be lined up in one row, or staggered in two or three rows. Taller jars work better in the back. If needed, you can always use a stack of books under a table cloth to rise up shorter jars. In addition to the bulk candy, think about using individually wrapped candies across the buffet table, for centerpieces, or for place setting decorations. Great examples might be wax mustachesgourmet chocolate foiled hearts or chocolate roses. These can act as both decorations and party favors.

Favor containers?

A common option would be a small paper or plastic bag. As with the scoops, the larger the bag the more candy guests can take. Small plastic boxes will look nice but may cost a bit more than a bag. Baby bottles, mason jars or even water bottles can work.

Final thoughts

Pearls Candy NH is here to help. Number one, have fun. We carry many items in larger bulk bags or boxes that are priced accordingly. Together we can help you estimate exactly how much you will need to fill your jars or containers, plus a little extra for refilling. If interested, we can also store your buffet candy in our temperature controlled environment until you get closer to your event. Just call ahead +1-603-893-9100 to schedule an appointment, bring your jars and let the fun begin!

No more lemon creams unless you want them!

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Hate enjoying just a few pieces from those large pre-assorted store hearts? Take the waste out of Valentine’s and visit our store to create a custom heart with just their favorites. All your Valentine candy and chocolates for NH and MA.

Everything from milk, dark and white almond bark to cashew turtles to rocky road clusters to milk and dark chocolate covered cherry cordials. Chocolate covered Oreos to English toffee to peanut butter cups to hazelnut Figaros. And everything in between.

Peach Blossoms Just $6.00 Per 18 oz Canister Plus Shipping

These classic NECCO crunchy, peanut butter filled candies come in a keep fresh container.
Available only at Christmas time and made locally. We have them in stock. Net weight 18 oz. tin.

Visit us in-store or place your order online for easy shipping via the USPS.
$6.00 per canister plus shipping. Happy, safe and tasty Holidays to everyone!


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Thanks for sharing a photo of your centerpieces! They look great and tasty!

Easter Baskets – See Our Selection

We had a great time this year creating new themed Easter baskets – come check out our new store, new baskets and endless Easter candy!  Now at 356 S Broadway, Rt 28, Salem NH 03079.

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