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Any leads on good caramel apples?

I suppose it's late to begin thinking about this, but fall has caught me by surprise this year.

I hear a lot about orchards that make cider donuts, but does anyone have any thoughts on places to get great caramel apples? (Great meaning the apples are fresh and flavorful, the caramel is homemade and not too cloying, and ideally there would be some kind of chocolate/nut embellishment option.)

I'm hoping you all can help enable my laziness. I really don't want to make them myself, but I will if I have to!

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  1. Wilson Farms in Lexington! They had chocolate ones too.

    1. Wilson Farms makes them fresh on the weekends and sells them wrapped at other times. Last weekend toppings included peanuts, toffee and chocolate curls. Basic apple was $2.50 and the ones with the fancier toppings were either $4.50 or $5.

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      1. re: Velda Mae

        Right now, Wilson's are macoun apples (delicious!) -- the one I had on Sunday was drenched in very good caramel and chopped peanuts. Worth waiting in line for, especially because I like to reward myself for my patience with a hot cider donut when I get up to the register.

      2. A little bit of a hike, but the chocolate store (whose name I can't remember) in the Wrentham Outlet does awesome candy and caramel apples. I like caramel apples, but I adore the hard candy coated ones that are so hard to find, and I've been very happy with the ones from that store. I think there's only one chocolate store there, so it shouldn't be hard to find.

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        1. re: kobuta

          I like those too! I think it's called Rocky Mountain Chocolate. I have to get an apple every time I am there to bring home and have that night. Although I did break a tooth on one last year and had to have that tooth capped it has not stopped me!

          1. re: xcptnl

            That's the name! Thanks for remembering for me.

          2. re: kobuta

            Those are great. They also have lots of combinations with chocolate, caramel, and nuts. They will core and slice them for you at the store -- should prevent any more broken teeth.

          3. Hamilton Orchards had some on their stand at the Copley Farmers' Market today. I think she had both hard and caramel. They are there Tuesdays and Fridays. My dear dentist wouldn't approve so I haven't tasted them.

            1. I love the caramel apples at Honeypot Hill Orchards in Stow,MA. They have plain caramel and caramel with nuts. They also have great cider donuts. They have a website so you can just google that to get more info. It's pretty out there too!