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Caramel Dipped Apples: Advice Needed

This post is proof positive that not all things work out for us crafty type people. We suffer set backs. I thought I had this one whipped but I found out otherwise.

This past weekend we had a trunk or treat among friends. It allowed us to make homemade goodies. I attempted to make two of my childhood favorites: Popcorn Balls and Caramel Apples.

The last time I made Caramel Apples, the caramel slid right off the apple. I assumed it had to do with the wax on the apples. So this time I took extra time to soak the apples, wash them twice, and dry them well. I used about everything I found reading other blogs (lemon juice, baking soda, detergent, and  a vegetable brush).

I used good old fashioned Granny Smith apples. I think they are the best for caramel apples. The combination of tart apple and sweet caramel is a home run in my ballpark.

I did not make my own caramel. I unwrapped a lot of caramel cubes and melted them with a little bit of water.

After they were dry, I wrapped them in plastic and attempted to make them cute to hand out.

The next morning, all of the caramel slid off the apple...again!

Maybe it is the plastic bag? Maybe it is the wax on the apple? Maybe it is the caramel?

I would love it if you all dear readers can give me some advice. I aspire to making gorgeous caramel dipped apples.

P.S. The Popcorn Balls turned out way more successful!


  1. watched Alton Brown and if you don't boil the apples for a few minutes before you try to cover them with caramel then the wax that covers the apple will cause the caramel to slide right off.
    I just found your blog and have read from beginning to almost the end. Hope this helps :)
    Jenny Nesser


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