Monday, October 3, 2011

Mini Caramel Apple Bites - Tutorial

Don't you love the holiday months?
I plan on baking and crafting my way through the rest of year LOL :)

I thought I'd start off the month with a fun Caramel Apple Tutorial...

My kids L.O.V.E. caramel apples.
They always think they want one when we're out.
I even made them at home once, and the boys would sneak into the fridge and eat the caramel off the apple, and then put the apple back in the fridge.
They actually really like apples, it's just that a caramel apple is a lot to manage for a little mouth.

So...we thought we'd try it out this way...

All you need is an apple, a melon baller, butterscotch chips, sticks, and sprinkles.
First, start by scooping out "apple balls" the same way you would scoop out "melon balls".
Make sure that each piece has some apple peel on it.
Then, stick a craft stick in each apple bite.
Easy, right?
Then dip them in melted butterscotch chips and roll them in sprinkles.
 With the little bit of apple peel showing, it looks like it could be an entire mini-apple.
The perfect size for little mouths :)
You might be wondering if you could dip them in caramel and make a true "caramel apple."
I wondered I gave it a try.
It doesn't work.
The juicy side of the apple does not let the caramel stick.
No matter what I tried, the caramel just wouldn't stick.
It stuck to the apple peel just fine, but not the inside of the apple.
Oh well...I think the butterscotch chips make a cute and yummy substitute!

It may work to dip in in chocolate, let it harden, and then dip it in caramel...
like the opposite of a chocolate dipped caramel apple.
I haven't tried it yet though.
If you're feeling adventurous...give it a try and tell me how it goes! 

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  1. Yumm - and so fun too! Thanks for sharing :)

    I would love for you to link up your creation at

  2. I love this idea! A whole apple is always way too much - especially for little ones.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this idea! It is not just for little ones either lol. I myself can never finish a full caramel apple so I am going to be making these for my Halloween Bash this year :D. Thanks for the great post!

  4. What a great idea! I love caramel apples but I think I would love the mini version better. Pinned!

  5. LOVE this! It is a perfect snack for this beautiful autumn day. I would love to have these for after a soccer game for my older children or as an after school snack. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  6. Wow- that is a great idea-something for moms and kids to do together! Love it!

  7. These look amazing! Can't wait to try them... Pinned!


  8. Hi :) - I've featured you on my blog today:

    Have any new projects? I'm having "Made by ME" linky party #2 this week and I would love for you to link up again if you like :).

  9. I made these with the caramel/milk chocolate swirl chips and dipped in finely chopped peanuts...they were a huge hit!

  10. I made these recently. So yummy! Im so glad I found your post. :)

    The hardest part for me was melting the butterscotch chips. Any good tips for that?

    Also, I used toothpicks instead of popsicle sticks because the popsicle sticks were a little too heavy and the apples kept falling over.


  11. Hey Ashley,

    I know what you mean about the butterscotch chips. They got kind of chunky, so I added a little bit of olive oil and it smoothed it right out. Then as it hardened, it got chunky again and I added a little more olive oil. But, then they didn't dry well because they had too much oil. So that's why I didn't put oil in the recipe. Next time I'm going to add a little bit of shortening because it solidifies at room temp. I think it would make the butterscotch chips creamier for dipping, but still harden after.

    I actually intended on using lollipop sticks because they were smaller, but I didn't have enough, so I got out the popsicle sticks.

    I'm so glad you tried it! It's one of my favorite recipes!

    Diana (who commented above you) used the caramel/chocolate swirl chips and it sounds yummy! I'm going to try that next time!

    <3 Caitlin

  12. Peanut butter chips with mini chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles would be awesome too!