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Mini Caramel Apple Bites

Fall means a jam-packed social calendar (mostly revolving around our kids’ activities) and lots of opportunities to play around with new and old recipes.  Of course, in my book, Fall also means APPLES (and lots of them), because I love them so much.  I try to work apples into as many recipes as possible since they are so fresh and plentiful this time of year.

This week I wanted to try out a sweet treat for an upcoming event this weekend.  I found this fantastic holiday bake center at Walmart that was bursting with all kinds of Halloween and fall themed ingredients. It was easy to grab the items on my list and I was happy that I could stretch my dollars and pick up everything I needed for less than $10.

kraft walmart holiday baking center

halloween bake center walmart

I bought several Granny Smith Apples, as well as Kraft Caramel Bits and Baker’s White and Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolates.

kraft caramel bits

bakers chocolate walmart

My thought was to make some sort of mini caramel drizzled apple treat.  I knew the apples would taste great with caramel on them and I picked up the Baker’s chocolate to sprinkle over the top.

kraft caramel bits bakers chocolate

In addition to these ingredients, I also used lollipop sticks, a melon baller, wax paper and non-stick cooking spray.

candy sticks melon baller

First you’ll want to rinse your apples and use the melon baller to scoop out little balls from each apple.  You can leave the skin on the apple or peel it first – totally personal preference.  I found that I got about 10-11 balls out of each apple.

green apple melon baller

apple

apples granny smith

The Baker’s chocolate was easy to shave into sprinkle-able pieces with a knife.  I shaved about 1/3 of each bar and set the chocolate aside.

bakers white chocolate

Next up: caramel melting time!  I love Kraft Caramel Bits because they are incredibly easy to melt in a short amount of time.  There is nothing to unwrap, you simply dump the bits into a saucepan.

I heated this caramel (one 11 oz package) along with 2 TBSP of water in a saucepan over medium heat.  I made sure to stir it almost constantly until it was entirely melted and smooth.  This didn’t take long – maybe about 4-5 minutes.

kraft caramel bits stove

kraft caramel bits melted

First, while I was playing around and learning to work with the caramel, I made a few miniature caramel apples for the kids.

I put a lollipop stick in each apple ball and swirled it around in the just-slightly-cooled caramel.  I placed each apple on a piece of wax paper that I coated with non-stick cooking spray.

dipping caramel apples

mini caramel apples

For the rest of my apples…

I lined them up on a ceramic plate and drizzled them generously with melted caramel.  Then I sprinkled the apples with the Baker’s White Chocolate and Semi-Sweet Chocolate shavings.

caramel apples with chocolate

I added a stick to each apple to give them some party poppin’ potential.  Finally I threw them in the refrigerator to help the caramel set.

mini chocolate caramel apples

Tell me – what are your favorite apple/caramel recipes to make?

6 thoughts on “Mini Caramel Apple Bites #Ad #SweetenTheSeason

  1. These look great! I may have to make them for an upcoming party. How far in advance can you make them? Does the caramel keep them from browning? [client]

    1. Thanks! These could probably be made earlier in the day before a party. You could brush the apples with lemon juice to help eliminate the browning!

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