Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Minnie Mouse Caramel Chocolate Apples






I have never made caramel apples before.  And if you can believe it - I had never even tried one before!    And obviously I have never photographed one before.  That bottom photo isn't even in focus!!  But it was one of my favorites anyway (so - no, you don't need glasses!)  I don't know why I never had one.  I guess because they seem messy and I would always see them when I was out - not when I wanted to get messy.  And they seemed hard to make so I never made them before.

But I saw these cuties on the Patty Cakes Bakery Blog and had to make them for Rachel's birthday.  I am so glad I did.  They were not that hard, much to my amazement.  A lot of steps but definitely doable!


First - I inserted wooden sticks into the apples.  I didn't find any "apple sticks".  So I used a just a regular stick.  The Popsicle sticks seemed so wide - I liked these skinny ones better.  I was surprised how great they stuck in the apples.




Then I boiled water and then quickly dipped my apples, one at a time, into the boiling water. Then I wiped the apple dry with a paper towel to remove the wax on the apple. This step is to make it easier for the caramel to stick to the apple.

I used store bought caramel in an effort to reduce my steps.  It is a lot of unwrapping!  I used two bags and followed the package directions for melting in a double boiler.  Once it was completely melted and smooth I dipped my apples.  I let the excess caramel drip off and then set the apple on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

While the caramel was still wet and sticky I inserted 2 toothpicks into the apple and added marshmallows to create Minnie's ears.



I let the apples chill in the fridge for an hour and then dipped them in my chocolate.  I melted over two pounds of chocolate and I still didn't have enough to dip the apples.  So I held the apple over my double boiler and spooned the chocolate over the apples.

After the chocolate set I melted some white candy melts in my Wilton melter.  I dipped the bottom half of the apple in the white chocolate and immediately put on my white candy for Minnie's polka dots.  I had to do it immediately or the candy would start to set.  I used the white York Peppermint Pattie Bites.  As soon as I had the polka dots on I poured pink sanding sugar over the apple and let it stick to the white candy for Minnie's skirt.  Then I put them back on the parchment paper lined baking sheet and into the fridge until we were ready to serve them.

They were actually easy to eat because we cut them into slices.  They were absolutely delicious.  Just wish I had taken better pictures!



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29 comments:

  1. Looks great! You did an awesome job!! Yes, they do take forever to unwrap!! Looks yummy

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  2. Those are adorable!!! Love the marshmallow ears:-)

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  3. These are one of the most creative and tasty treats I have ever had the pleasure to see - thank you :D

    Cheers
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  4. Oh I love these! I would get a caramel apple every time we went past the rocky mountain candy store in the mall, I tried to make reasons to go to the mall. And yep, they cut them up for you so you hardly get messy at all. And I so would never have thought to try making them myself!

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  5. Gorgeous! I've never made caramel apples either. Great idea using marshmallows for ears.

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  6. So adorable! What a creative idea for Minnie. I want to make caramel apples now!

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  7. These are adorable! Stopped by from Happy Hour Projects blog hop. http://craftyandcookingmomma.blogspot.com/

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  8. Oh my gosh! These are so darn cute!!!

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  9. What a great idea for a treat and especially a birthday party treat. I love these and your step by step process is a great help.

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  10. We love Mickey and these are super cute!

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  11. WOW! You did an awesome job! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via: www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  12. OMG, these are sooo stinkin' cute! You are such an artist when it comes to this stuff. I bet your daughter's friends were jeeeeeeealous!! :)

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  13. WOW!! What an neat idea! I love these so much. Minnie mouse on a stick...it doesn't get any better. I shipped your book on Monday so keep an eye out for that treat!

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  14. I need to make caramel apples sometime! They sound so good.

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  15. How cute are these?! I love them!! My kiddos would love them. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  16. These are so clever! I have never had a caramel apple either, though I really enjoy candied apples every once-in-a-great-while.

    Great work, they look fantastic.

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  17. These look amazing - just as good as Disney's for sure!!! I shared with my Facebook readers here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/LivingLifeIntentionally - Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you tomorrow =-)
    Beth

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  18. Oh wow, these look so great! Thanks so much for sharing at Scrumptious Sunday!

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  19. Oh my goodness, these are adorable. I have to show this to my mom. She'll love it!

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  20. These are so cute and so precisely made! I bet they're really tasty too with the apple, marshmallow and chocolate! :-)

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  21. Susan...I've missed ya! Came over to see if you'd posted recently and I just saw these. They look amazing!!! Hope you are good!

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  22. Hey you just wanted to see how you were and see if there were any new posts and if all was well, looks like I am not the first to miss your stuff:(

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  23. Cute, Yummy & perfectly made too!!!!

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  24. I want to make these but can't seem to find the pink sugar where did you buy it?

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  25. These are absolutely adorable! It must have been quite a sight to see 2 year olds munching on these :)

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