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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Caramel Apple Fun and Gift Tags


Yesterday, while Dan and the boys were on the deer hunt, Kori and I decided to get together and make caramel apples for some of our friends. My friend, Susan, who is the owner of Temptationz (wonderful and delicious candy company, email her at temptationz@q.com) gave us instructions and off we went. It was a learning experience but so much fun. We were pretty proud of our finished products, even though there were several boo boo's along the way. But the laughter at our boo boo's was half the fun!

Follow this progression of photos to see how it went. If you get far enough in the progression, you will see the gift tag I made using the Color Me Monday color combo from Jeanette Lynton's blog on 10-12-09. (Orange, Sunny Yellow, Citrus Leaf and Black, see color swatch below).


1. Here are the supplies we used: Non-stick Reynolds Wrap foil (must be non-stick--this is to set the apples on after dipping. I just found it at my local grocery store), Granny Smith apples (the tarter the apple, the yummier they are with the caramel and chocolate on top), caramel apple dowels (I found these 25 for $1.00 at the Bosch store), a large box of caramel (my friend, Susan makes her own but she told me this brand was awesome. You just melt it and it tastes homemade. I got it at the Bosch store, too), white chocolate discs (also got these at the Bosch store. Be sure to get good ones. The cheapos taste terrible!), cinnamon and sugar, and orange cupcake candies.


2. Daci came to help too! Once you wash your apples and dry them, carefully take out the stems and push your dowels in them (the ones I bought have one pointed end which made them so much easier to use). Then melt your caramel. We did it in the microwave. You want it to be so hot it is boiling. Let it sit and stir for about a minute then dip your apples.

3. When dipping, be sure to go straight down and lift straight up. We did a few where we kind of twisted and twirled and this made big bubbles in the caramel. If you go straight up and down it will be smooth.
4. After dipping apples, let cool on the foil. Then melt your white chocolate discs (again, we did this in the microwave) and let it cool about a minute or so. If you dip too soon this is what happens (see photo below). Kori was sad to see all of our chocolate come off the first few apples. After an emergency phone call to Susan we learned to let the chocolate cool just a bit before dipping.
5. After dipping each apple in the white chocolate, cover with the topping of your choice. We did some apples with cinnamon and sugar (2T. cinnamon per 1 C. of sugar) and some with cute little orange cupcake candies in honor of Halloween. You could do almost anything; crushed up Oreos, crushed up Butterfingers, nuts, etc. We just held the apple by the stick over a bowl of the topping and spooned it on as we twisted the apple.


6. Let this set up and then put some of your melted chocolate in a sandwich baggie and cut off the very tip of one of the corners, like a cake decorator bag. Drizzle this on the apples. Kori was a much bettter drizzler than me! Pretty!
7. At our local deli Kori found these cute little cups (I think they are for ice cream). They were .08 cents each. Not bad! Then we put them in clear cello bags, added some orange foo foo, tied with bows and added a tag (see next photo).
8. Finished product. Pretty stinkin' cute if I do say so myself. I think our friends will like them.
Close To My Heart products used on tag: Beware Stamp Set (D1381), Black Stamp Pad (Z2105), Citrus Leaf Stamp Pad (Z2112), Sunny Yellow Stamp Pad (Z2152), White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Orange Cardstock (1281), Sunny Yellow Cardstock (1225), Silhouette Level 2 Paper Pack (X7090B), Corner Rounder (Z578).

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Happy Caramel Apple-ing!

19 comments:

Carter Clan said...

Oh my gosh they look so yummy! I might have to give this a try :)

Kimberly's Krafts said...

Yummy!! These look sooo good!! Great work! :)

Happy Sunday!

Rhett and Tiffanie Jackson said...

wow! talk about gourmet!!! those look fabulous! my kids have been wanting to make them...i have never had very good luck with the caramel...i also make my own...would you happen to know how long i should cook it so it stays on the apple? it slides off after a bit... super awesome...also the fondant is really fun...i will email you the recipe so you can play with it...i was sooo shocked at how fun it was!!! :) i wish i wouldn't of waited so long to play!

Sarah said...

YUMMO!!! Love the tags.

Sandra T. said...

WOW! Those look so delicious! Thanks for the idea!
Sandra T.
CTMH sister

Missgingerdots said...

So cute and looks so yummy. I want one!!!!

. said...

Just read your comment! That is too funny...we were on the same wavelength! It's all that great Jeanette inspiration. Really, you would know...how can we use that bat journaling spot after halloween. It's too perfect to only use for one month. Arrgh! Love it!! Melis

karlak said...

Wish I could the recipient of one of those! They look delicious and darling at the same time! It doesn't get any better than that. Thanks for sharing!

Rhett and Tiffanie Jackson said...

thanks! :)

Brenda said...

What yummy, yummy looking apples! I love the way you shoot pix of all aspects of events. That's such great everyday scrapping!

Dana said...

Wow those look amazing! I am totally going to try this! Thanks for you awesome posts!

kelli said...

That is awsome! Nice family project, my kiddies are begging for carmal apples, we went apple picking last weekend, I think we will make them for their halloween party they are planning for before trick or treating! Great Ideas as always!

Jamie Harder said...

YUM!!!!!

Angela said...

These are fantastic! They are making drool right this minute! I've never been brave enough to try these...but you've given me a push in the right direction. Thanks for sharing these!

Katy said...

This is the CUTEST and I'm so glad that you included the "how to"...I was just asking QT if his mother had ever made them (to get her help). This will give me a good start...TFS!!!

Tracey said...

do you think those would ship well? Hint, hint! lol super yummy!

bren yule said...

OK, I'm in the mood to make these now - they look so yimmy! thanks for sharing Missy! Daci si getting so big!

kimber said...

Oh oh oh oh oh...now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!!! Holy smokes those look delicious!!!!

Margi said...

Super cute! You have me so stinkin' hungry for caramel apples!

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