Mini Caramel Apples Recipe

Mini Caramel Apples Recipe

Yesterday with the kids we made this Mini Caramel Apples Recipe and had so much fun doing it! The best part is checking out my total Pinterest Fail with the first batch we made. Didn’t change the taste at all and they were eaten super fast no matter what they looked like.

Mini Caramel Apples Recipe Ingredients

The Mini Caramel Apples Recipe Ingredients are super easy. Same as you would need for full sized caramel apples, you just need some cake pop sticks and a melon baller.

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With the melon baller just scoop out ball sections of the apple. The scooped out apple was fought over by my kids! They actually were coming up with awesome ideas of things to do with it.

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This was about 4 large apples scooped. Use a hard, crisp apple when making these. I think green is the best.

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When they were all scooped I placed them on a cookie sheet with wax paper and stuck cake pop/sucker sticks in them. This is a good job for a kid.

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Then my older girls melted the caramel. We followed the directions on the package of Kraft caramels.

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Then you dip them in the caramel. I placed mine back on a greased sheet of wax paper.

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Our first batch did not turn out real well… All the caramel completely dripped off the apples. This was after I had even held them for a while rotating them and letting them cool before I put them on the sheet.

Here are a few tips for getting the caramel to stick: 

  • Let the caramel cool BEFORE you dip the apples. It has to thicken a little and not be so hot.
  • Apples should be room temperature.
  • If there is still skin on the apple, make sure the waxy skin is gone. OR boil the apples whole for about 30 seconds to get the wax off, then scoop them out.

We had MUCH better luck after doing the first 2 tips.

Also, don’t store them in the fridge, they tend to “sweat” and the caramel can come off. These were so fun to make and so cute when they were done, that we are making more for their teachers but this time with chocolate and nuts as well!

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:: Items Used :: 

Caramel Sheets – These work the best! I found these just recently!

Melon Baller – Prices Vary

Sucker Sticks

Double Boiler – The T-Fal one is on sale cheap!

Wilton Silicone Spatula

Silpat Mat




    • Tiffany says

      I got them at Target, they were in the fall candy for decorating. They are little candy balls in fall colors, so they are editable.

  1. Angela says

    The recipe I have calls for you to use butterscotch chips instead of carmel. I also tried carmel and had a simular experiance as your first batch. The butterscotch did not have any problems sliding off the apples.

    • Jen says

      That would only work if eaten immediately. The hot sugar syrup will par-cook the Apple (since their so small) inside if left out for a while the juice from the apple will melt the sugar coating.

  2. Jae says

    This is so cute. I’m gonna try this for my nephew’s party this weekend. Thanks for the tutorial. I would try dipping the apples in corn starch or powdered sugar before coating with the caramel. Like when you coat chicken or onion rings in flour before dipping it in the wet batter.

    • ChibiOkamiko says

      I would say they could just sit on a counter, both apples and caramel are things that don’t need refrigerated. And the caramel coating the apples would help prevent the browning effect on the apple flesh, since oxygen shouldn’t be able to reach the apple.

  3. says

    I was thinking of making these as a party favor for about 80 ppl. Would this work if I made them the night before, cooled them and wrap them in plastic gift bags. Will it keep well?

  4. Ashley says

    These would be cute for a class Halloween party! Do you have any storage suggestions? I would have to make them the night before.

  5. Sarah says

    I’m going to make this for a work luncheon. Should I make these the night before or the morning of. I don’t want the apples turning brown and being gross but I saw that you weren’t suppose to refrigerate them. Not sure what to do

  6. Dawn says

    So, I tried this once before and the caramel slid off. So I followed your tips and made sure that the apples were room temperature and that the caramel was not as hot. I did three sets of mini apples: 1) I just dipped the mini apple in caramel and set on greased waxed paper. 2) I patted the mini apple with a towel (to soak up juices that squirted out when inserting the stick) and then dipped in caramel. 3) I patted the mini apple then rolled it in powdered sugar, then dipped in caramel and set on greased waxed paper. Results: all of the caramel slid off. I did in pattern of 1, 2, 3 so that the caramel would be in similar temperature for each set. Still slid off. I have no idea what to do now. I think I might just give up. Suggestions?

    • Bianca Hamilton says

      I found mini apples at my store (Raley’s) in Sacramento, CA! They’re called Crimson Gold & they’re organic & they are SWEET & delicious!. They’re in a 1 lb bag & they’re from Cuyama Orchrds of So. California. I will attempt with these with lots of prayer! Wish me luck!

    • Gwen says

      I have made these with butterscotch and chocolate chips instead of caramel, and had no problems at all! I dipped some in nut topping, and some in sprinkles. They were delicious! Caramel just doesn’t want to stick to the cut part of the apple.

      • says

        I wonder if you could use the Carmel apple flat squares you buy in the store to just “wrap” around the balls like clay. You could spread your own Carmel until set like that and cut out circles the right size to wrap around your individual needs. Not hot…so shouldn’t drop off.
        Then dip the bottoms in a little bit of heated stuff and dip in non periles…..theoretically…should be easy! I’m gonna try them!

    • Jane says

      We did all of the suggestions too. And the caramel came off each time. Lots of work—for no results….never did get any.

      • Rebecca says

        Using a clean kitchen towel, cup each apple in your towel-covered palm to dry off the juices immediately before you dip it into the caramel, you will find the caramel will adhere better to the raw apple surface that way.

    • cindi says

      Same thing happened to me last year! Ended up with a wax paper sheet full of caramel womp womp. So we just ate the sad looking little apples and dipped them from the sheet of wax paper. Pain in the hiney lol

    • Barbara says

      Dry the apple off… Roll out one caramel square think enough to cover the apple and center it over the stick push it thru the stick and wrap the caramel around the bottom of the apple and seal it with the ends of the caramel. I am not sure how long they last because ours were all gone in the next few hours! They were good!

    • Anonymous says

      I read on another site you should place them in the refrigerator before dipping and carmel should be cool have not try them yet going to this weekend

    • AJ says

      Same here … Tried all levels of temperature on the carmel … warm and luke warm carmel just slid right off of the mini-apples … cooler than that, and the carmel does not go on at all. Very frustrating :(

  7. carrie says

    All the caramel fell of mine even when I use the tip that you put. Could you please tell me how to keep the caramel on the apple?

  8. Alex says

    I have looked everywhere for this recipe. These are super cute. They look so easy to do, too. I can’t wait to makes these!

  9. Bri says

    These are super cute. Tried it twice carmel didnt sick both times. I put lemon juice on them i am wondering if that was the problem. Also how cool is cool for the carmel? Did you double dip? I would have loved for it to work.

  10. says

    These look wonderful. I am so happy you shared your “fail” and all your tips for success with my apples. I am so impressed with this, I plan to share it on Monday on Celebrate and Decorate, I hope it sends some more people over to discover your wonderful recipe and blog!

  11. Julie says

    I made these for a party. I cooked the caramels with a candy thermometer to a medium ball stage so that it was firmer. They were great for the first hour or so….then they started to “melt”(everything slid off.) So you need to do then at the last minute and they turn out great….I also set them in mini muffin(or candy) papers.

  12. anonymous says

    After letting the caramel cool down and you have your dipped apples on wax paper, throw them in the freezer for about 4 minutes. Just so the caramel will harden quicker without it all melting off. Mine turn out perfect every time.

  13. Ashley says

    Would these hold up well overnight? I would love to make these for a fall baby shower, but I was wondering if you’d like they would last.

  14. Susan says

    Jae’s tip about dipping the balls into corn starch really worked for me! Pat the individual apple pops dry with a paper towel, dip into corn starch, shake loose starch off, then dip into the melted caramel. I also chilled them right away until the party. However, as they approached room temp, the coating tends to slowly pool around the bottom…so don’t make them too early…and keep them chilled until serving time. I also used four finishing options…a final dip into crushed peanuts, crushed pretzels, nonpareils, or mini-chocolate chips. They were a HUGE hit!!!

  15. Presley says

    I did a trail run. Used same brand of caramels and it still slid off. Caramel was cooled and truthfully made it more difficult to try and dip. I did everything! Peeled, cooled caramel and room temperature! What can I do?! Please help! My fall party is this Saturday :(

    • EMM says

      Same thing w/ me, Presley. Warm or cooled, the caramel slid off. If I cooled the caramel further it was too hard to dip the apples. Not sure what other tricks there are to try but this was very disappointing and I wouldn’t recommend this “recipe”. If you look at other sites for mini caramel apples you’ll notice most everyone has the same problem of the caramel not sticking to the apples.

      Tiffany, it seemed the caramel was not sticking because the apples were wet. Did you dry your apples prior to dipping in caramel?

      • Anonymous says

        I tried these today and did all the tips. Totally flopped! Not sure if the apples need to be drIed off prior to dipping. I used homemade carmel so maybe that was the problem. They sure tasted good!!

  16. Jordan Lewis says

    I can’t get the caramel to stick. I have tried all the tips, and am getting very frustrated! The caramel just keeps sliding off the apples! ):

  17. Kaelin says

    I followed everything you said to do but my caramel still dripped off my apples. I want to make these for a party. Any other tips?

    • Kathy says

      I had same problems. Tried all the tips left by others and ended up with a MESS. Next I am going to try and savage the remaining caramel. I remelted it and put tsp. on to waxed paper and spread it out. When it stiffens enough to release I will try using the blobs like caramel wraps. Wish me luck!

      • Kathy says

        Well the verdict is in. After I had to wash the waxed paper off the back of the blobs, I put the caramel around a dried and cornstarch apple chunk. Within an hour at room temp (68F) the caramel had made a slimy blob on the table and the apple was nude. Think the problem is the cream and not cooking to a medium or hard ball stage. In any case think the apple reacts with the sugar ( much as it does in an apple pie) to form a liquid inside which enables the candy to fall off.Will not waste any more time and money on this although we had many more yummy failures to eat than is good for us.

    • pppw says

      So…does no one want to know what the little bits are on the bottom of the little apples? they are in the picture but not in the recipe ….. bummer

        • Cassie says

          I used the Carmel wraps as you said worked best at the bottom and for using these it says to put in microwave. Well when I put them in the microwave the apples got soft and somewhat mushy and the sticks fell out. What to do? Also I am doing a demonstrative speech on this so I am going to have to make some in advance. Where do I store them?

          • Tiffany Ivanovsky says

            I stored mine in the fridge, but the will “sweat” a little. I never tried the wraps personally. But that seems to be the best way to go and also to make sure that you get as much moisture off them as possible before covering.

  18. Anonymous says

    I am making these tomorrow morning and hoping they’ll last to 6:00 p.m prayers that the caramel doesn’t fall off. Making them for my church vacation bible school!

  19. Jean says

    I’d put those Bute size caramel pieces in the microwave long enough to soften them alot to just mold the candy around the apple on the stick.

  20. Jill says

    I am planning to do these for a Nov. baby shower. I have read all the reports of failure, caramel sliding off the apples. I found one recipe for these that suggests that you dip them in chocolate to begin with, and then dip in the caramel. They said there was NO problem with “sliding” if you do this. I will try it. I like the bottom dipped in chocolate as well and will try this just for a variation in the overall appearance. Since the baby will be a boy, I may then coat with blue sprinkles after I dip the bottom in chocolate. Stay tuned… -Jill

  21. Kate Decker says

    These were so good! Maybe not worth the 3 stitches I had to get bc the melon baller slipped.. but they were delicious! Y’all be carefull!!

  22. michele says

    totally did not work. Just a puddle of caramel on the paper. We ended up drizzling the caramel on the apples….tastes the same, just doesn’t look as pretty. And we did all the suggestions…..ah well. unpin.

    • Anonymous says

      I had the same problem. All the Carmel just piled at the bottom. Carmel was cooled and apples were room temp. Not sure what happened. Made the for a birthday party and now I got to find another treat. :(

  23. Gina says

    Has anyone tried these using the caramel dip that’s sold in the tubs, if so, did it work? And did you have to warm it up or thin it out any? Thanks! :)

  24. Lindsay says

    I tried a few times to let the caramel completely cool and have no skin on my apples and my caramel still would never stick :(


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