How to Make Mini Caramel Apples

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How to make mini caramel apples

How to Make Mini Caramel Apples

Look how cute and yummy these mini caramel apples are! They are easier and less messy to eat. Easy to make too. Plus, there’s more caramel to apple ratio, which is good news for caramel lovers like myself. (Speaking of which, if you love caramel, I recommend also trying out out these easy cake mix Caramel Brownies!)

Mini Caramel Apples Process


Choosing Apples

When it comes to caramel apples, granny smith is my ultimate favorite apple to use! I love the crisp, tart flavor in combination and contrast with the rich, smooth caramel. But if you are not a fan of granny smith apples, you can choose whichever variety you would like. Jonathon, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Gala may be alternatives worth trying out.

If you don’t have a melon baller, you can use a round stainless steel teaspoon to scoop out the apple pieces. These are my favorite measuring spoons. I love that there’s an 1/8 teaspoon and 3/4 teaspoon. Sometimes it’s the little things. 😉 Also, they’ve held up really well so far and seem like great quality.

Mini Caramel Apples with sticks

Drying the Apples to Help the Caramel Stick

Caramel tends to slip off of apples when moisture is present, so patting the apples dry with paper towels is an important step. Blot off any extra moisture before dipping the apples in the caramel. It will be impossible to remove all of the moisture, but do the best you can so your caramel will stick.

Caramel for Apples

Caramel Bits for Caramel Apples

These caramel bits from Kraft are perfect for this recipe. They help make it super easy and quick! The caramels melt super fast and they set up nicely, still maintaining a shine after setting. If you can not find these in your store, you can use any caramel made for melting or try finding them online. You may need to adjust the quantity of water or omit it completely depending on the brand suggestions.

For the caramel apple sticks, 6-inch lollipop sticks or similar candy sticks work perfectly!

easy mini caramel apples

Mini Caramel Apple Bites Topping Ideas:

It is really fun to offer a variety of toppings for these cute mini caramel apples. And because they are so mini, you can definitely allow yourself to try and enjoy more than one, right? Here are some topping ideas:

  • granulated white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • sparkling sugar
  • sprinkles
  • chopped nuts
  • chocolate chips (mini chocolate chips would be cute and fun)
  • toffee bits
  • crushed up Oreo cookies
  • chopped or crushed candy bars

how to make mini caramel apples and get the caramel to stick

How to Store Mini Caramel Apples

These caramel apples do not keep very well in the fridge and are best enjoyed fresh. After a few hours, the caramel will begin to slip off the apples. I recommend preparing them the same day you plan to serve, and keeping them in the fridge briefly until you serve them.

Love me some caramel and apples! Better pick up a few more apples because look at these delicious apple recipes below…

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How to make mini caramel apples

How to Make Mini Caramel Apples

How about mini caramel apples where the caramel actually stays ON the apple! Enjoy this tried and tested version of a fall classic!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 10
Adjust Servings: 10


  • Melon baller
  • 6 inch lollipop sticks


  • 4 granny smith apples
  • 11 ounces caramel bits/melts
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Toppings optional


  • Line a refrigerator-safe plate or cutting board with wax paper or parchment. Set aside.
  • Using a metal teaspoon or melon baller, scoop out round balls out of the apple.
  • Insert the candy sticks in the top and blot with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, slowly melt the caramels and add the water; stir constantly until smooth.
  • Dip each apple into the caramel allowing the access to drip off. Dip in toppings if desired.
  • Place on a prepared plate or cutting board and put in the refrigerator to set until you are ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

The caramel will begin to slip off the apples, so it is best to serve them within a few hours of making them.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g
Ingredients: Apple, Caramel, Water
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Desserts, Back to School, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Meatless
Categories: Cookies and Treats, Finger Food and Dips, Fruits, Microwave, Stove Top

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