Mini Caramel Apples

Caramel apples always remind me of fall. The crisp and tart apples paired with the sweet and sticky caramel are a match made in heaven. They are classic and delicious. These Mini Caramel Apples are the perfect bite-sized version.

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These Mini Caramel Apples would be perfect for a party or for kids. They are easy and fun to dip in the creamy caramel and can be taken up a level with all kinds of toppings. Personally, I would go with nuts, chocolate chips, or sprinkles.

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Honestly, the reason I made these is because I have an irrational fear of biting into regular apples. I knocked my two front teeth out in a bike accident when I was a kid and will forever be terrified of losing them again. These little guys have allowed me to eat the heck out caramel apples again and I am so excited about it!!

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Most recipes for caramel apples called for just melted those little square caramels you can buy at the store. I love those, but they are generally overly sweet and too much when you’re using it to coat an apple. This caramel is sweet but is darker and more subtle than the store-bought variety.

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Mini Caramel Apples

These Mini Caramel Apples are a perfect bite-sized version of a fall favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Keyword: apple, Caramel, caramel apple
Servings: 30

Ingredients

For Caramel Apples:

  • 3 apples I used Granny Smith
  • 1 stick (113 grams) butter cubed
  • 1 cup (312 grams) light corn syrup
  • 2 cups (426 grams) light brown sugar packed
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • thin wooden dowels or toothpicks

Instructions

For Caramel Apples:

  • In a large saucepan add the butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat until the butter is fully melted and the mixture comes to a boil.
  • While the mixture cooks, wash and peel the apples, then use a melon baller to make small balls of apple. You should be able to get about 10-12 balls out of each apple.
  • Insert the small wooden dowels or toothpicks into each apple ball and set aside.
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir constantly until the mixture reaches 245 degrees (F).
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Dip each apple ball into the caramel. You can then dip in additional toppings or leave plain.
  • Serve soon after dipping.

Mini Caramel Apples

  1. In a large saucepan (I used this one) add the butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat until the butter is fully melted and the mixture comes to a boil.
  2. While the mixture cooks, wash and peel the apples. Then use a melon baller (I used the larger side of this one) to make small balls of apple. You should be able to get about 10-12 ball out of each apple.
  3. Insert the small wooden dowels (I used ones similar to these) or toothpicks into each apple ball and set aside.
  4. Add the sweetened condensed milk to the saucepan and stir constantly until the mixture reaches 245 degrees (F). I used this candy thermometer, but you can also use an instant-read thermometer.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. The caramel may bubble up some when you add it, so be careful.
  6. Dip each apple ball into the caramel. If you want additional toppings you can add them now or leave them plain.
  7. Serve soon after dipping because they will start to get juicy.

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