So Marcie told me about an idea for mini carmel apples that I could make for N2's Halloween party at pre-school. I thought they sounded like a really cute idea. I searched around and found out that they don't store well and should be eaten soon. So I nixed that idea for the party but wanted to make them just because. I thought I would make them for my book club on Wednesday so I tried a trial run on Sunday. Boy were they a failure! I had a hard time using the melon baller on the apples. I bent my melon baller! I also learned that you can't start the ball remotely close to where you previously balled the apple. Perhaps I needed a bigger apple! I maybe got 4 balls out of one apple. I made sure to dry the apples really well on a paper towel.
Then the next step was the caramel. I melted just a small amount of Kraft caramels and the first time I burned them and the caramel turned really hard. The next time the carmel was fine but but not dippable. I molded the carmel around the apples. That ended up working but it wasn't pretty and there was a LOT of caramel on each apple. I tried rolling the caramel apples in Halloween sprinkles but the sprinkles wouldn't stick the the caramel. I had to smoosh the sprinkles on.
Then I needed a stick. I tried inserting a pretzel stick into the apple for the stick but they would just break. I had to first make a hole with a skewer and then put the pretzel stick in. The pretzel didn't work very well as a handle because it would fall out as you tried to eat the apple.
I ended up making 4-one for each of us. N2's are sitting out so we'll see how they are when they wake up. I need to investigate how to make these better. I think I need to thin out the caramel so that I can dip. I'm not sure it will stick to the apple though if it is thinned out. I did read somewhere to first dip it in chocolate, let it harden and then dip it in caramel.