3 ounces heavy cream
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate bits
4 apples (any variety)
4 wooden popsicle sticks
Chopped salted peanuts (optional)
Chopped milk chocolate (optional)

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the cream and peanut butter until bubbling. Remove pan from heat and add the chocolate bits. Stir until completely smooth. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, from bottom, push a popsicle stick up into core of each apple. Stick should go deep enough to be sturdy, but leave enough exposed to serve as a handle.

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place the peanuts and/or milk chocolate in bowls, if using.

One at a time, using sticks as handles, dip apples in chocolate mixture. Use a spoon to scoop up extra chocolate and pour over apples to help coat sides. Allow extra chocolate to drip back into pan. Dip coated apples into nuts and milk chocolate, if desired.

Stand apples, sticks up, on lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm.

Makes 4 servings.