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Mini Candy Apple Bites

Posted on 27 October 2009 by Mădălina

I KNOW I said I hate Halloween (and I don’t think I’m about to start), but I just can’t help making treats… also everything is better mini, and these candied apple bites are no exception.

These are best eaten right away, which is somewhat great, because I always have trouble letting things sit in the refrigerator for hours.

Mini Candy Apples
[makes about 10-15 apple bites]
- 100 g Kraft Caramels (about 40)
- 4 apples, washed -granny smith works best
- 1 ounce half and half cream
- candy and other goodies to dip your apple bites
- 15 candy sticks
- mellon baller
- 2 cups ice water
- 1 lime or lemon, sliced
1. Fill a small bowl with water, and add lime or lemons. This is to keep your apple balls from browning– the acidity slows down oxidation.
2. Using your mellon baller, scoop out apple balls from your apples, and place the balls in the water mix. Do this for all your apples, and set aside.

3. Using a double boiler method, melt the caramels and cream. Stir often to prevent the caramels from over cooking.

4. While caramels are melting, dry off apple bites– it is super important that you thoroughly dry these with a paper towel, as any water residue will prevent the caramel from adhering.
5. Insert candy sticks in the center of the apple bites, again ensuring the apple is dry. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment to lay dipped apple bites.
6. Dip apple bites in melted caramel, dip in candy toppings if desired. Allow caramel to cool for 2-5 minutes, and enjoy right away.


HELP!My caramel is sliding off my apples…

oneordinaryday brought up a great point in the comment section. She tried a similar recipe, but the caramel completely fell off the apples no matter how much she dried them. I spoke to a few people who have had similar experiences, and deduced that it could be because of the apples themselves, the caramels used, and also the temperature of the caramel at the time you dipped the apples.

I didn’t run into this problem myself– but it could be because I let the caramel reach a high temperature.. not intentionally, I just had my hands full..ops.

Below are some quick fixes if you run into this problem (I haven’t actually tried this myself though)

1. Roll the apple bites into icing sugar, this creates a coating so the caramel has something to adhere to.

2. FLASH freeze your apples, dip them into the caramel cold– apparently this has worked for a number of people

3. Allow the caramel to heat to at least 248– this is the hard ball candy stage. I don’t know too much about sugar theory, but a lot of people say that this is the cause.

4. Make your own caramels– this seems to be the best fix. Apparently the brand and quality of store bought caramels drastically affects the results.


• 1 cup heavy cream
• 1 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup corn syrup
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 4 Tbs unsalted butter
• 1/4 tsp vanilla

Put all the ingredients – except for the butter and vanilla – into a high-sided saucepan (Use one that is larger than you think you’ll need). Have a pastry brush available in a glass with water just covering the bristles.

Stir the mixture over medium heat with a clean spoon until the sugar dissolves. Wash down the pan’s sides with the brush.

Add the butter and stir just until it melts and is well-incorporated and the mixture begins to boil. Cook without stirring until the syrup is above 248, the firm-ball stage.

Add the vanilla, mix well, and pour the mixture into the prepared pan and allow to cool for candies.


41 Comments For This Post

  1. Christine Says:

    HORROR STORY– parents would NOT let us eat the candy we got from trick or treating.. the exception to this was the raisins or pretzel boxes. thats what you get for growing up in a family full of dentists.

  2. Laura @ SoCal Sustenance Says:

    I am in LOVE with these! Recipe bookmarked… this is going to be a Thanksgiving dessert for something different and fun this year. No dressing up this year but really was thinking about Gilly from the Saturday Night Live skits :)

  3. oneordinaryday Says:

    I tried to make these mini caramel apples last year and they were a di-sas-ter! The caramel fell right off of them no matter how much I dried the apple off. What's your secret to success? They look great!!

  4. Gabby Says:

    I am in love with caramel apple anything! Looks so good!

    Okay, I am going to be an owl for Halloween. LOL! It's hilarious and very random. I have an owl mask and I'm wearing a gray dress and yellow tights. :)

  5. mădălina Says:

    Christine– I don't blame you, not eating candy (especially FREE candy) is horrible.

    Laura– These were delish! Some people have run into trouble with the caramel sliding off the apples, so I added a little update just incase.

    oneordinaryday– So i brought this point up with some of my friends, you are not the only one. They came up with a few solutions, so maybe give it another try. I guess it was just luck for me… or the fact that I had my hands so tied up the caramels actually reached an optimal cooking temperature.

    Gabby– OWL? im intrigued… i want to see pics after:)

  6. Ginger Says:

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    I had no idea Pottery Barn carried these! I am ALL about the skulls!

    In fact, as part of my pirate wench costume (it's very good and not at all trasy!) I even have a special handmade drinking cup covered in skulls!

    My costume is pretty cool. I've been building it for years, each year adding some new details & elements. I bought a leather money purse this year to go with it!

  7. hbilz Says:

    Most awesome scull mixer!
    I don't really have a horror story and I'm not doing much for halloween this year due to lack of funds (student budget). My most favourite of costumes I ever did for halloween though was my incredible tampon box. 'Have a SUPER halloween', giant tampons sticking out the back, It was all hand painted, it definitely attracted some odd attention. Good times :D

  8. kateiline Says:

    I'm not going to any parties this year, but I might still put on a pair of wings and a flouncy tulle skirt over my normal sweater and jeans to hand out candy to the kids.

  9. Lucian Says:

    hey hey , good looking apples :)

    since im with my right leg broken and in plaster i may get dress in zombie for halloween hehe.

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  10. The Keith Family Says:

    Those look cute! I'm going to be a flower child…old standby costume.

  11. Meredith Says:

    I'm pretty boring – I dress in all black and wear a witches hat to take my kiddos trick or treating…I do wear some really fun, long eyelashes though! Thanks for a great giveaway! (and recipe – I'm making these for my daughters class treats)

  12. Joely Says:

    Love the mini caramel apple idea!! The hubs and I are going to an 80's party this year! So we will be dolled out in our 80's gear!

    joelster87 at hotmail dot com

  13. Darin, Jenn and Ivy Says:

    I'm probably going to be a 80's witch. I'm loving all of the leg warmers and stuff this year! I've been too busy making my daughters costume to think of one for me. Guess I shouldn't wait until 2 days before!

  14. Becky Says:

    I love caramel apples! I am dressing up as a Rubik's cube this year. I can't wait until Saturday! Sneak peak of my costume on my blog.

  15. crazigirl80 Says:

    I am going to be a doctor….it is my stand-by costume. I have a 2 year old, so I need something comfortable and cheap!!! :) I LOVE Halloween!!

  16. Anonymous Says:

    I would have to tell you that I as well am Anti-Halloween.. I still try to make it fun and exciting for our children, but I never am the one who gets all dressed up for the scary occasion, maybe due to the fact when I was a little girl, around the age of 9, when my oldest sister took me trick-or-treating, someone dressed up like Freddy Crugar, jumped out at me from behind a bush, and literally chased my poor soul down the street, as I was screaming and crying, and thinking I was going to die!!! That was horrible to me… So, needless to say, I put Halloween on my not so favorite list…. But, I would still love to win your Giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance!!!!

    Michelle Torres : )

  17. Michelle Says:

    OOOps, forgot to tell you that I love the Caramel mini apple bits idea… I bet you, I am trying this today!!!!! : )

    Michelle Torres

  18. mommieof4munchkins Says:

    My 2 yr old is going to be a monkey so I was going to be a banana but I couldn't find a costume :(

  19. Lisa Says:

    I am going as Abby from NCIS and my husband is going as Gibbs. We are just big kids and love halloween!
    My husband would just love this shaker – and it definitely would not be just for halloween… ;-)

  20. EasilyTIMted Says:

    Oh! These are so cute!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    A couple of my girlfriends and I are dressing up as Moulin Rouge can can dancers for Halloween. And our hubbies are dressing up in tux coats & top hats. (They're our sugar-daddies, ya know!)

  21. Ginger Says:

    I tweeted! :D

  22. Sara's Sweet Surprise Says:

    Hello~I've just strolled into your blog for my first visit…I've enjoyed taking a peek at your past posts. You've got so many wonderful recipes and creative ideas.
    I look forward to coming by again for inspiration.

    I love making mini dipped apples. A couple alterations (I've made in a pinch) with the caramels…would be to roll out a few (softened) caramels into a circle, forming a wrap for the apple. I've also used (commercial) caramel sheets and a round cookie cutter to cut the wrap. I have followed with dipping them in milk chocolate or white chocolate. Depending on the holiday… I've also tinted the white chocolate, then rolled the apples in themed sprinkles or crushed candy canes or ribbon candy.
    I hope this helps….

    Come by for a visit. The company would be nice.

    Sweet wishes,

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  24. nadège Says:

    I tried with homemade caramel, but it doesn't fix better ! I had the same problem, maybe I'll try with ice sugar…

  25. Karyn Says:

    I tried a version of mini caramel apples AND candied apples to a disappointing end. I think once you peel the fruit, the juices dissolve the coating. I even dusted the bits with cornstarch prior to dipping. If eaten right away, there’s no problem.

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    I made 100 of these yesterday. Flash froze, hard ball AND rolled in 10x prior to dipping…in the time it took to drive to the party, the caramel practically liquified. It was embarrassing.

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