“Learn how to make easy & delicious mini caramel apple bites! Easy recipe, perfect for fall parties!”

A few years ago I made these apple crisp caramel apples which I think are EVERYTHING!!! Mainly because I’m not too big on the whole candy apple thing, but these caramel apples were so doggone good!

Apple Crisp Caramel Candy Apple Recipe

It’s not that I don’t like candy apples it’s just that after a few bites I’m over it. This is why I’m so in love with these adorable little mini caramel apples! I saw these on Pinterest and KNEW I had to make these caramel apples with my little men.

mini caramel candy apple

The verdict is in, they loved them and so did I! I found myself just popping them left and right. That juicy, tart granny smith apples and that slightly chewy caramel was a match made in heaven!

caramel apple mini

And the pecan pieces were a perfect paring, although I still like apple crisp topping on caramel apples.

caramel candy apples

The bite size  proved to be “just enough”.  I think these mini caramel apples would be fabulous for a fall party treat or just a way to use up some apples with the kiddos.

mini candy apple inside

Be sure to read the recipe notes section for some tips on making these little cuties easier.

caramel candy apple recipe

Our first two batches were a bit of trail and error. We followed a recipe we found on pinterest and it was a disaster. The caramel slid right off the apple! So then we tried drying the apple off. The caramel still slid off, just a bit slower.

mini caramel candy apple

So then my genius husband gave me a tip to dip the caramel in ice water for a few seconds to do a quick set.

Where he got this from I have no idea. He’s one of those men who knows the oddest things.

mini caramel candy apples recipe

Well it worked like a charm! That ice water helped set the caramel instantly and then we placed them in the freezer for a few minutes to help set the caramel completely.  They were perfect!

mini caramel candy apple recipe

Here Are A Few Mini Caramel Apple Making Tips:

  1. Do get the caramel down the stick about 1/4 of an inch to create a seal so the water won’t seep in.
  2. Be sure the water is super, duper cold and icey.
  3. Only dip the caramel into the water for a few minutes. You want a soft set, not a rock hard one.
  4. Gently dry the caramels off with a paper towel when they come out of the water or place them right into the fridge or freezer to set completely.
  5. Be sure to squeeze the apple balls in a paper towel to remove the excess moisture BEFORE placing into the caramel. If caramel doesn’t cling to the apple then you did not dry it off enough.
  6. Work quickly so that the caramel in the pot stays warm enough to easily coat the apples.

 

Watch me make these mini caramel apples from start to finish!

The Recipe

Mini Caramel Apple

By Divas Can Cook
4.0 from 2 reviews

Ingredients

  • 3 large Granny Smith apples
  • 18 sucker sticks
  • 1½ cups caramel baking bits or caramel chews of choice
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Optional Toppings: crushed nuts, crushed cookies, sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Peel apples.
  2. Using a melon baller, scoop out apple balls.
  3. Insert the sucker stick into the apple. Be careful not to puncture the stick through the other end.
  4. In a small pot add caramel baking bits and heavy cream.
  5. Melt over low heat, stirring constantly until completely melted.
  6. Fill a small bowl with icy water. Set aside.
  7. Thoroughly dry the apple with a paper towel to remove excess moisture from the surface.
  8. Dip the apple into the mixture, swirling to coat and being sure to get the caramel on the stick a little. This will help keep out the water on the next step.
  9. Immediately dip the caramel apple into the icy water for a few second to quick set the caramel.
  10. Dry the caramel off gently with a paper towels.
  11. Press the top of the caramel apple into desired topping if using.
  12. Place caramel apple into the fridge or freezer to finish setting.
  13. Remove from fridge of freezer.
  14. Enjoy!
  15. Repeat with all the mini caramel apples.

Notes

Do get the caramel down the stick about ¼ of an inch to create a seal so the water won't seep in.
Be sure the water is super, duper cold and icey.
Only dip the caramel into the water for a few minutes. You want a soft set, not a rock hard one.
Gently dry the caramels off with a paper towel when they come out of the water OR place them right into the fridge or freezer.
Be sure to squeeze the apple balls in a paper towel to remove the excess moisture BEFORE placing into the caramel. If caramel doesn't cling to the apple then you did not dry it off enough.


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