Mini Caramel Apples

Happy Friday, friends! This is my last day of Halloween Treats Week and I’m a little sad this week has come to an end! It’s been a little challenging finding the time to blog everyday, but it’s been so fun! Especially reading all of your comments! All of you are so nice!

Of course I couldn’t choose just any regular recipe for my last Halloween Treat! My friend, Machel, gave me this idea that I just had to make! These Mini Caramel Apples are simply just regular sized apples cut in half and cored and then scooped out with a melon baller! How smart is that? Mini kid-sized apples! Then, you just melt your caramels and gather a few toppings and voila! A delicious and fun dessert or snack for the whole family! And maybe even a little healthy! (At least there is some nutrition under all that caramel….)

The toppings are optional, but I thought they added a great touch! I used shredded coconut, chopped nuts, and crumbled Halloween Oreos (left over from THIS post). My daughter certainly got messy with this one and didn’t want to eat the apple center, but Gordon and I just loved these! I mean, who doesn’t love a good caramel apple? We had a blast and I have a feeling that you will too!

Happy Haunting for Halloween! Come Monday, I’ll be posting all of our ridiculous costumes! You are not going to want to miss it!

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Mini Caramel Apples– (not much of a recipe today!)
yield: 4

4 apples, washed (any variety)
1 small package caramels, unwrapped
1/2 cup water (optional)
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
various toppings: chopped nuts, chopped halloween candy, coconut, graham cracker crumbs, cookie crumbs, etc.

In a small bowl, mix water and lemon juice together and set aside.
Cut apples in half and scoop out seeds. Using a melon baller, scoop out round ‘mini apples’. Coat mini apples in water and lemon juice mixture. (This step is optional–if you are making these in advance, I’d recommend coating the apples in the mixture to prevent browning. If you are coating your apples in caramel right away, then it isn’t all that necessary.) Dry apple rounds thoroughly on paper towels and place a toothpick, stick or wooden skewer into them.

Melt caramels either in the microwave or over a double boiler until completely smooth. Dip dried apples into caramel and tap off any excess. Roll in any desired toppings and eat!

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7 Responses to “Mini Caramel Apples”

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    Maria — October 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    These are so cute! Happy Halloween!


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    Natalie @ Perrys' Plate — October 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Brilliant! I’ve been toying with the idea of mini caramel apples, but hadn’t thought of a good way to prep the apples. Of course,… a melon baller! These would be much less messy to eat as well :) I’ve loved all of your recipes this week!


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    Donna — October 30, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Hi Lauren – your blog looks beautiful! And your creations are so fun!

    I’d love to cook with you sometime – stop if you’re ever in my neck of the woods!


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    Kara — October 30, 2010 at 4:52 am

    I wonder if toothpicks would hold the apple? Would the weight of the apple overwhelm the toothpick? I hate to use all of my sticks on little apples, but I LOVE this idea.


    • Lauren — October 30th, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

      Toothpicks would probably work better than the sticks I used! If you are still unsure if they would hold, try lollipop sticks–those should hold up. Thanks for the comment, Kara.


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    Paula — October 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    You did a great job bringing your friend Machel’s idea to life. So very cute and great that it’s small and bite size. Perfect!


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    Katrina — October 31, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I love this recipe! It looks so easy AND tasty. I’m excited to try it.


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