Mini Caramel Apples

9 Nov

Mini caramel apples

Even with LA’s most recent heatwave (I love 90 degrees in November!), I was inspired by fall at the grocery store. I’ll take fall inspiration where I can find it in this land of cacti and palm trees! I couldn’t resist the display of tiny crabapples — seriously, I came back to them no less than five times before putting some in my basket — as they’re so, so, so cute! I knew immediately what I could use them for and even happened to have the caramel dipping sauce and toppings at home! They were fantastically easy and would make a lovely addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table.

Mini apples

Crabapples

Supplies:
Crabapples
Lollipop sticks
Marzetti caramel dip (or, of course, you can make your own!)
Chopped nuts
Sprinkles
Pointed skewer (optional)

1. Wash and dry apples. Twist off the stems, if you’d like.

2. Insert lollipop sticks into the center of each apple. I found it helpful to start the hole with a pointed wooden skewer.

3. Heat caramel in a small, deep bowl as directed until thin enough for dipping.

4. Holding the end of the lollipop stick, dip each apple into the caramel. Tap off excess and set on wax paper.

Dipping caramel apple

5. Let the caramel harden a bit in the refrigerator, approximately 20 minutes.

Dipped crabapples

6. Coat the apples in nuts and sprinkles. You can either roll them in the topping or sprinkle it on — I found a combination of the techniques to be perfect.

Rolling apple in nutsDipping apple in nuts

7. Serve (with a bow, perhaps?) and enjoy!

Mini caramel apples

4 Responses to “Mini Caramel Apples”

  1. karen 09. Nov, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    so very cute!! did they taste as good as they looked?

  2. Kathy 09. Nov, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    they were surprisingly good!

  3. michela. 14. Nov, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    these are *so* cute! i love them! :)

  4. April 06. Nov, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    I tried this with fat-free Marzetti carmel dip and the carmel did not heat up well. I will try again with regular dip!

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