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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    • 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.

  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.

  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

    Hi,
    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.
    Thanks!

  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!!!

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