While planing Paisley's 1st Birthday party, I decided that making Caramel Apples for the favors would be really fun. I don't know if I've ever made them before. If I have, it must have been when I was really young because I can't remember doing it. Either way, I've seen pictures online and it seemed like a fun thing to do for a pink and orange Pumpkin themed party.
With the help of my husband, we began washing apples, peeling caramels and poking the apples with sticks.
14oz package of caramels
2 tbsp milk
After I bought these apples at the store, I kept them in our refrigerator. Having the apples really cold helps the caramel set up quicker. Wash the apples, pull the stem part out of the top and push a candy stick in.
Unwrap caramels. For the first batch that we did, we melted the caramels in the microwave. We found that the caramel sets back up too quickly so, for the second batch, we melted the caramels on the stove on really low heat and kept the pan on the stove, while we dipped the apples.....that worked WAY better.
Melt the caramels on the stove with 2 Tablespoons of milk.
After you dip the apples in the caramel, twirl them around in your toppings and then immediately place the apple on a cookie sheet in the refrigerator. Placing them right into the fridge keeps the caramel on the apple. We left a few of ours on the counter to cool and the caramel slipped down to the bottom of the apple. It's much better to quickly carry your apple across your kitchen to immediately refrigerate it. Floors can be cleaned but, caramel that has slipped off an apple can't be put back on. :)
Happy apples, cooling in the fridge.
After they had set for a few hours, I wrapped them with plastic wrap and tied pretty ribbons around them. If I had planned better, I would've had treat bags that were big enough for the apples. The treat bags that I bought ended up being too small so, the plastic wrap had to do.
I decorated a box for the apples to sit in but, we kept the apples in the fridge during her party so, know one really saw it. Oh well, at least I knew it was decorated!