Funny Face Caramel Apples

The combination of a tart Granny Smith apple and chewy caramel is a match made in heaven.

These two flavors and textures are just darn right amazingly delicious together.

To add to the deliciousness, these caramel apples are decorated with mini M&M candies, mini chocolate chips, candy corn and candy sprinkles.

And for fun, the caramel apples have funny faces with candy eyeballs, and carved out smiles with lips.

I can just imagine the caramel apples coming to life and talking with their funny lips moving like the cars did in the movie “Cars”.

Kids will have so much fun decorating these caramel apples.

It’s kind of like playing with Mr. Potato Head when adding on the eyes, nose and ears to the caramel apples.  Only these are made of candy so you can snack as you decorate.

The two most important tips I have for you when making these caramel apples are:

1)  Be really careful not to touch, or get the hot caramel on you; and
2)  Use parchment paper rather than wax paper.

I speak from experience on both of these tips;  I got some of the caramel on my finger and there was a huge ouch and burn on that one.

Then for one of the batches of caramel apples that I made, I used wax paper and it stuck to the bottom of every apple.

But the parchment paper works like a dream.

For additional color I added some Halloween plastic straws over the sticks.

I cut the straws to make them the same length as the stick, then pushed them down into the caramel and the apple so they were secure when turning the apple over to eat it.

Before we check out the ingredients….

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Let’s check out the ingredients:

Kraft caramels, Granny Smith apples, water, candy corn, mini M&M candies, mini chocolate chips, candy eyeballs, and popsicle or bamboo lollipop sticks.  Also, not pictured are the candy sprinkles and parchment paper.
Here’s how to make it.

Wash and dry the apples.

Then remove the stem if there is one.

Starting from the top of the apple, poke the popsicle or bamboo lollipop stick through the middle of the apple.

Step back and look to make sure the stick is centered and not leaning off to one side.  If it’s leaning just remove the stick and try again.

Set the apples aside.

Next, on a large plate add a sheet of parchment paper and set aside.

Unwrap the caramels and add them to a medium size pan (don’t turn the heat on yet).

Once all of the caramels are in the pan, turn the heat on low to medium, and add the water.

Continuously stir.

If the caramel starts to bubble turn the heat down just a bit.

Continue to stir until the caramels are completely melted.

Then hold one of the apples by the stick over the pan and spoon the caramel over the top of the apple….

….next tilt the pan slightly and dip all sides of the apple in the caramel.

Use the spoon to remove the excess caramel from the bottom of the apple…

…then lay the caramel coated apple on the parchment paper.

Repeat the process for the remaining apples.

As soon as all of the apples are coated add the candy decorations.

The caramel dries quickly so you may have to push them into the caramel to stick.

This little guy’s nose is actually a bubble that formed from the caramel.

If the candies aren’t sticking, melt some of the chocolate chips and drizzle or dab the chocolate on the apple.  Then sprinkle the candies over the chocolate.

To make a funny face, use the rounded edge of a dinner knife to shape a smile and the lips, eyes, or nose.

As soon as the caramel apples are decorated, put them in the refrigerator so the candies and funny faces don’t slide.

Serve at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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Funny Face Caramel Apples

Yield: Serves 5

Ingredients:

For the Apples:
5 Granny Smith Apples
1 package Kraft Caramels (14 ounces)
2 tablespoons Water
Candy Decorations (candy eyeballs, mini M&M’s, candy sprinkles, candy corn, mini chocolate chips)

Additional Items:
5 Popsicle or Bamboo Lollipop Sticks
Parchment Paper

Adapted from the "Caramel-Dipped Apples" recipe on the back of the Kraft Caramel Bag.

Directions:

Wash and dry the apples. Remove the stem if there is one. Starting from the top of the apple, poke the popsicle or bamboo lollipop stick through the middle of the apple. Step back and look to make sure the stick is centered and not leaning off to one side. If it’s leaning just remove the stick and try again. Set the apples aside.

Next, on a large plate add a sheet of parchment paper and set aside. Unwrap the caramels and add them to a medium size pan (don’t turn the heat on yet). Once all of the caramels are in the pan, add the water and turn the heat on low to medium. Continuously stir. If the caramel starts to bubble turn the heat down just a bit. Continue to stir until the caramels are completely melted.

Then hold one of the apples by the stick over the pan and spoon the caramel over the top of the apple. Next tilt the pan slightly and dip all sides of the apple in the caramel. Use the spoon to remove the excess caramel from the bottom, and lay the caramel coated apple on the parchment paper. Repeat the process for the remaining apples.

As soon as all of the apples are coated add the candy decorations. The caramel dries quickly so you may have to push them into the caramel to stick. If the candies aren’t sticking, melt some of the chocolate chips and drizzle or dab the chocolate on the apple. Then sprinkle the candies over the chocolate.

To make a funny face, use the rounded edge of a dinner knife to shape a smile and the lips, eyes, or nose. As soon as the caramel apples are decorated, put them in the refrigerator so the candies and funny faces don't slide.

Serve at room temperature.

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2 Responses to “Funny Face Caramel Apples”

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    Kim Bee — October 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Oh my gosh lady, these are amazing. I made some too but mine aren’t as fun as yours. They’ll go up on the blog this weekend. I love Halloween. It’s like an excuse to eat like a little kid for weeks on end.

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 25th, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

      Hi Kim, thank you very much! I felt like a kid eating them too!

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