Ahh the caramel apple. What other treat gives you such sticky, crispy, crunchy satisfaction while simultaneously reminding you of the best of all seasons? I can't think of any, but maybe that's because I'm distracted by the addition of chocolate to this caramel apple. But distracted in a good way. Distracted in a things-just-got-a-little-more-chocolatey kind of way.
Though it is the most iconic of fall treats, even icons can use a little sprucing up now and then (case in point: New Coke...or wait, that would be a case in counterpoint). In addition to a classic caramel apple, Windy City Sweets, a great Lakeview candy store, also offers some variations on the theme. My favorite is the Chocolate-Dipped Caramel Apple. The Granny Smith base is crisp and tart enough to hold up to the addition of both caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Though not for the caramel apple purists out there, the skirt of chocolate is a surprisingly successful tweak. If you're looking for something just a little out of the ordinary now that fall is winding down, this is certainly a pleasant place to start.