Mini Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are another family favorite in autumn, but sometimes they are just a little too big for the little ones to manage. Here is a simple way to make your favorite treat, but sized just right for your preschooler.

What you’ll need:

  • 2- to 3-inch lollipop sticks (toothpicks are too little, popsicle sticks are too big)
  • A melon baller
  • Granny Smith apples (1 apple makes about 8 mini-caramel apples)
  • Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
  • Sprinkles, chopped nuts or whatever you like (optional)
  • Small paper candy cups or wax paper

What to do:

  1. Use your melon baler to extract a ball of apple (with the peel intact).
  2. Pat the apple chunk dry and push the stick through the peel into the apple.
  3. Melt the chips (follow the package directions) and swirl the mini apple in the melted chips.
  4. Have your child roll the mini caramel apple in his or her choice of sprinkles or nuts.
  5. Place on wax paper or mini paper cups to set.

Yum, yum!