With apples falling to the ground all around us, if we are lucky, or in great abundance in the stores, now is the time to use them seasonally. This year we thought carmel apples would do the trick, ones that can fit into a little ones hand, a mama's hand and papa's hand, just right.
We bought bagged organic Gala and Granny Smith apples, they were small and just the right size for little ones, adding larger ones for the adults in the family. Last year we discovered that making your own caramel is easier than you might think, but if you are pressed for time store bought caramels can be unwrapped and melted down in a double boiler.
Start by placing the jumbo popsicle sticks into the apples stem side and then dip into your caramel. Adults may need to do this step, depending on the age of the child, (the carmel can burn!). Once dipped place on parchment paper which allows for easy removal when the apples harden.
The next step is to keep every ones hands from getting sticky and this is achieved by using food grade colored wax paper (like our small kite paper) and cutting it into fun fall leaf shapes. Start by folding a square into a triangle and then another one, cutting two leaf shapes about a third of the way form the tip, one leaf from each side meeting in the middle. Next cut the tip off leaving just enough room to fit over the Popsicle stick.
To finish off this fun caramel apple update just place the paper over the popsicle stick and you have leaves for you carmel apples which help keep everyone from getting sticky!
Happy Fall... enjoy!
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