Thursday

Mini Caramel Apples



Oh, how I wanted to love these little Mini Caramel Apples.


I found the idea from a magazine a couple of years ago; I think it was "Family Fun" magazine.




They WERE fun to make...




Just melt some candy caramels ~




And use a melon-ball scoop to cut apple balls from the apple, leaving a bit of green peel on each.




Stick a small pretzel stick in the center of the green peel and dip into the melted caramel, and allow them to "set up" on waxed paper or a silicone baking liner. You could roll them in finely chopped nuts if desired...



But don't bother. 

In fact, I suggest you don't even bother making them.



Shortly after dipping them-- the lovely caramel slid slowly off the little "apples" into a sticky, liquid pool on the plate. 
Not pretty. :0(


In anticipation that this might happen I had actually blotted the apple rounds with a paper towel to absorb some of their juice just before dipping them.  Pffft.  


Forget it.  Next time I'll just core and cut the apple in wedges and let everyone dip their own into the warm caramel.

Once again, sometimes the simple way is the best way. ;0)

I hope you don't mind that I shared this kitchen-flop with you~ but I thought you should know.



Please stop on by Designs by Gollum for "Foodie Friday" to see some kitchen-successes this week. 

Thank you for stopping by today!
xo~m









29 comments:

  1. That's too bad. I am sure they were good to eat anyway :)

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  2. Flops do happen, more so with me when it comes to making sweets! They make for a beautiful picture though. I wonder if the magazine has a test kitchen?

    XO,
    Janie

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  3. What a shame! They are adorable. My grand-daughter would have loved that idea. Well, this sometimes happens and I always appreciate honesty, so thank you. xoxo Pattie

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  4. So good to know!!! I had seen this recipe and thought it looked so cute! Now I know "the rest of the story."

    BUT, I'm thinking the idea might still be salvaged with a different approach. What about dipping the apples in peanut butter and then in melted chocolate? I imagine the chocolate would set around the peanut butter just fine. It's a bit of a different approach (and not caramel), but I wonder if it would work. - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

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  5. Oh dear...sorry that happened to you!

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  6. If nothing else, they are still cute and edible :-) Kiki says hi!
    xxoo

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  7. I love caramel apples...so wish this would have been a hit instead of miss!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Well shucks! And I had just said outloud to the computer - "What a good idea". Hmm..well, I still like it! Have a great weekend! Sandi

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  9. Now would you look at that!!! What a fabulous idea. I've often thought about making candy apples with the tiny lady apples, but these are even cuter!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  10. I posted my last comment after just looking at the cute pics, but I'm back again after actually reading what you had to say - I bet these would have worked better with a dry apple variety, maybe galas? Just a thought.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  11. Well that's too bad...they are so cute. I guess it does make sense that all that moisture would mess with the caramel. I sort of like to read about flops sometimes. There are times when I think life in Blogland appears "too perfect" and we all know it isn't!

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  12. Hey, welcome to my world, i make screw ups all the time...these still look really good though... dont be to hard on yourself :-)

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  13. Mari! You got me all excited and ready to make these DARLING little bites! But thank you so much for the full disclosure about the caramel not sticking. Too bad... Aren't they just the cutest!
    I'm going to make caramel apples in a couple of weeks, but I might try to figure out how to make the caramel stick... I just love these little bites!
    You always inspire me!!!!!!
    xo Yvonne

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  14. Well, I think truth in advertising is a good idea :) I was all excited about making them for a shower until I read the whole post. It's too bad--they ARE cute :)

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  15. They're so cute! Silly apples :P

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  16. Well, it SEEMED like a good idea. I just make the really big ones, dip in chocolate and caramel and nuts, oh my! They slice nicely into wedges for a crowd!

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  17. So cute, I hate that when that happens. I don't think they should publish recipes that don't work. They must have known that would happen. Glad you told us though cuz I thought they were adorable.

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  18. So cute, I hate that when that happens. I don't think they should publish recipes that don't work. They must have known that would happen. Glad you told us though cuz I thought they were adorable.

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  19. Darn, they look so CUTE!!!! Oh well, will just got with the slices and dip. Much easier:):) Thanks for the heads up!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  20. Beautiful to look at and I'm sure they were delicious! Too bad the plan didn't work but I'm sure that eating them was fun.

    Thanks a million for stopping by! I really appreciate it. Have a glorious fall weekend.

    Pat

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  21. How disappointing! I have that same article saved in my "to try" file; oh, how I wish they had worked. kelly

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  22. I love caramel apples! I'm sorry these didn't work out... they are very cute (pre-caramel-slippage, anyway). But you're right - simple is often the best. I'll take some apples wedges and a little bowl of warm caramel and be very happy!!

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  23. I'm glad you were honest and we all have those issues. They look amazing and it was a great idea. Super job.

    Plan B

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  24. Such a shame, Mari.. the idea was just great!! And it looks soooooooooo.. hmm..

    Maybe you can melt some sugar, and stir some butter through it so it won't be too hard? Don't know, just a thought.. Love the idea, so I'm gonna give it a try over here anyway!! ;P

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  25. What a shame...it's very frustrating to go to all that work, just to have the recipe fail in th end. The photos are gorgeous, though.

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  26. Thanks for your comments everyone!

    Great suggestions all, and if anybody can achieve the desired results, I'd love it if you would come back and share (or link) to your successful solution. :)

    xo~m.

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  27. how did i miss this? it looks perfect for dinner, i mean as fondue of course... can't wait to give it a go!

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