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Mini Caramel Apples


The kids and I ventured to the Farmers Market this morning and grabbed all sorts of produce.  We did learn that we don’t need to eat breakfast before going.  All of the different produce stands offer samples of fruit, popcorn, juice, etc.  We had a feast while walking around!

I bought 5 lbs of the prettiest apples I have seen all year!  I commented on the A Few Short Cuts Facebook page for suggestions and  Jamie answered with the cutest idea! Mini Caramel Apples from Family Fun Magazine!  I don’t know how I missed this one!  These are so cute and perfect size for kids.  I don’t want my kids eating a whole caramel apple before bed.

The recipe says to coat them with melted butterscotch or peanut butter chips.  I don’t know why, but I tried to break the mold and use caramel ~gasp~  Well, I learned the hard way why they said to use chips.  The Caramel doesn’t like to stick to the apple itself.  The skin…sure, but not the apple.  So, learn from my mistakes and use chocolate or butterscotch or peanut butter chips, but caramel just makes a gooey yummy mess that doesn’t want to stick.  Hey, you win some you loose some.  We still totally enjoyed our caramel apple mess! 😉

Mini Caramel Apples (Family Fun Magazine)

  • 4-inch lollipop sticks
  • Melon baller
  • Granny Smith apples (one apple makes about 8 mini apples)
  • Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
  • Chopped nuts, nonpareils, sprinkles, shredded coconut (optional)
  • Small paper candy cups
First, cut the lollipop sticks in half at an angle (the pointy end will go into the apple pieces easier). With the melon baller, scoop little balls out of the apple. Each ball should have a section of apple peel.
Push half of a lollipop stick into the peel of each ball. Pat the apple pieces dry.
Melt the chips according to the package directions. Dip and swirl the mini apples in the melted chips, then roll the apples in nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils, or coconut, if desired.
Place the mini apples in paper candy cups to set.

I also made a Dairy Free version.  I made my own Dairy Free Caramel.  These surprisingly stuck to the apples better than  the real caramel. Go figure.  IF you are interested in the Dairy Free Caramel Recipe you can find it on my other site Growing Gluten Free! 🙂

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  1. 5 stars
    I have been looking into ways to make these with caramel and one suggestion that I came upon (but have not tried yet) was to dip them in the chocolate first, then in the caramel which will stick to the chocolate but not the peeled apple. Apparently it is the water from the apples that causes the caramel to slide, so if you can “seal” that in first, then theoretically the caramel should stick. I am trying to use up my caramel I bought on BOGO a few weeks back at Publix so I am going to give it a try.

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