Thursday, October 9, 2008

mini caramel apples



My kids will eat anything with sprinkles. So when we told them we were making apples with sprinkles, they were sold. Better yet, we told them they could help. Hooray for fruit! (My husband just commented that it is no longer fruit if you wrap it in caramel and dip it in sugar.) Whatever. The hit of the Halloween party was our mini caramel apple activity.
We found this idea in the September issue of Family Fun Magazine.
Theirs turned out a little neater than ours, but I'm sure ours tasted just as good! I couldn't stop eating them! Their site has lots of fun Halloween recipes, costumes, and party ideas--check it out!

We made a few changes to their recipe that we thought made it easier. Here's our quick tutorial for these adorable mini caramel apples.

What you'll need:

* 2-3 large apples
*Melon baller
*Caramel apple wraps (we found these at Walmart--they're sheets of caramel that you wrap around the apple instead of trying to dip them)
*Sprinkles, nuts, coconuts, or any other toppings you want
*Toothpicks

1. Use the melon baller to cut small, round pieces out of your apples. Try to include the skin on each one so they look like real caramel apples when you're done. Insert a toothpick into the skin-side of each one.


Each apple made at least 8 mini apples. Holy apples!


2. Cut the caramel wrap sheets into small squares. Wrap them around the mini apples. Try to touch them as little as possible--the heat from your hands makes them hard to handle!


Okay, so some of them look pretty funny, but they still tasted great!


4. Gather your toppings.


5. Dip your apples! The wrap instructions say to microwave them for 15-20 seconds, but after handling them they were sticky enough to hold our toppings, so we skipped that step.


6. Eat and enjoy!

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23 Responses to “mini caramel apples”

Sarah Kate said...

I love this idea. Caramel apples are my guilty pleasure. It is not Fall until I have found one. I love the idea of making little ones. Thanks for sharing.

Jessica Sorensen said...

i had a dream about making mini carmel apple last night and then I got up this morning and checked your blog and now I know how to make them. I think it is a sign that I should make them for our party on Saturday. Thanks

Oh2122 said...

Those look so tasty.

I bet they'd be a hit at parties too. All the taste with no giant apple wedged in your mouth!

michellejohnnie said...

I love this idea! I will do this for a family activity. A whole caramel apple is to big and messy for little people. plus, we gey many different types of toppings to experiment rather than just one. This may become a new family tradition. Thanks!

Cari said...

yummy! Really have to do this! Thank you for sharing

Kevin said...

That's so cool! Looks delicious. We'll have to do that for halloween this year!

Carrie said...

Oh I am going to have to try those cute blog!

Apricot Tree said...

That is so funny, we seriously just did this for activity girls last night. So much fun to do with as a group! I'm feeling like I need to do this for Bunco later this month too... nummy! :D

Amy said...

Aren't these so fun?! We saw this idea in Family Fun as well and just made them for a big carnival party (http://amyandjeffmartinez.blogspot.com/2008/09/carnival-pictures.html)
They were a huge hit! We dipped some in chocolate and also melted some "reeses peanut butter chips" and dipped them in those... yummy!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is so much fun, I can't wait to try this. I'll be linking to it as well.

TMI said...

Mmmmmm! Thanks for the idea! Normal-sized caramel apples are a bit much, so mini = perfection!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

OMG I tried to make these for my dd birthday, and I don't know if I missed it but we tried to do it by melting and dipping the apples in the caramel...and it just slid off the apple...I have NEVER seen caramel sheets...crap...thanks for that...too bad it a week to late for me!!

Cortni said...

I am so making these!! We are having a bunch of kids over to our house for a mini Halloween party, and these are definitely going on the menu!

Momo said...

What a wonderful idea! Looks so tasty. Thanks you!

Summer said...

I have been wanting to make these for awhile now...(I get the magazine also). I did not know they make caramel sheets! Very cool! I'll have to try and find those! Thanks for sharing and I love your blog!

Audrey said...

Great idea! You get more caramel in each bite as well!!! I think I will need to make these!

April said...

Thanks for the great idea! we made these yesterday on the kids day off from school, but we comined the 2 ideas and made them Rocky Mountain Chocolate style by dipping white chocolate or peanut butter melties and dipping in cinnamon and sugar (which is our favorite) as well as nuts, sprinkles and coconut. Love it!!!

Mandi said...

Just wanted to say THANKS for this post! I had my girlfriends and their kiddos over last night and we made these and they were a hit! I love caramel apples, but they're so hard to eat, so these are perfect! Thanks again!

A Frugal Friend said...

I had seen this in the Family Fun magazine too and thought it would be the perfect activity for a halloween children's party. Thanks for the simple step by step guide and the easier caramel idea

Joelle said...

LOVE this idea!!!
I LOVE carmel apples but they are hard to eat without making a mess (even for adults) so this is Perfect!!!! & so many creative ways to display them at parties! Love this TIP!!!
Thank you for sharing!
Great Blog!
Joelle XO

Laurie said...

I made these with my four year old son and we had a blast! They were really good, too! We used mini chocolate chips, coconut, sprinkles, and chopped pecans! Thanks for sharing this fun snack with us!

Ally said...

What an awesome idea, cant wait to try this with my kids!

Pera Chapita said...

You've inspired me to make my own... here are my results! Thanks for such a lovely and helpful blog!

http://www.perachapita.com/2010/01/miniaturas.html

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