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Monday, September 20, 2010

Caramel Apples Anyone!

Well I finally got my caramel apples all finished up and bagged. I need to do something with my tags yet but that can be done at anytime. I didn't come up with this idea originally myself. Several blogging friends are one step ahead of me. Char from The Pickled Pepper Patch was the first one I know of that did these and next was Donna at One Simple Country Girl (she has step by step instructions on her blog) and then Gina at Cat Nap Inn Primitives.

These were two of my favorite apples.

You might notice that these next apples could have used another coat of paint. They would have received one only I added my nuts before I noticed they were lacking paint and by then it was too late to add more. Hey, I never said I was a perfectionist.

This is my favorite picture.

See how even the most notable caramel apple eater could be fooled.

These apples are so realistic looking that I had to give my family and friends notice that they they were fake! All you need for this project is faux apples, crafters paint, Modge Podge Glue, sticks, cat litter and bags and ribbon to wrap them in. It seems to be that most crafters used Corn Cob Cat Litter for the nuts on their apples but I was unable to find any of this anywhere around where I lived. I knew I needed to use something that would not be mouse friendly when I packed them away so I came up with a nut idea of my own. We have tons of acorns in our yard so I popped the nuts out of the caps and crushed the caps up to use for my nuts. They took on more of a walnut appearance on my apples.

First you need to attach your sticks to the center of your apples. I used a sharp knife to make a hole in the top of my apples and I took sticks from the yard that I cut to the size I wanted and inserted them in the hole. Next you will mix your glue with enough paint to get the color you want for your apple. You know I bet you could use red paint if you wanted a candy apple look too. Never thought about that until just now. Once you have your glue and paint the color you want, just spoon it over the apple letting it run all the way down to the bottom of the apple. When you have enough paint on to resemble caramel, sprinkle on your make shift nuts. Let these dry overnight for best results. When dry you can bag them up and add ribbon and tags for a more realistic look.

I really love how they turned out. I made some look like caramel and some had a chocolate look to them. I used both green and red apples for mine.

I believe I prefer the green ones over the red ones. I think they just had a more realistic look to me.

This is a chocolate apple.

This is a caramel apple.
Set them out and your guests will be amazed that they aren't real. I enjoyed making these. Its great to think outside the box and be creative.

I hope everyone is having some nice fall like weather. I am actually enjoying the cooler evenings here in Ohio.

Blessings, ~AMY~


  1. they look wonderful..and they were fun to took a bit for them to dry though..but other then that super fun..loved all your photos..:) have a wonderful day.:)

  2. I'm going to make some today! Off I go!

  3. These look good enough to eat - I love caramel apples. Great job!

    Autumn Blessings,

  4. Those are really neat! I love caramel apples!

  5. Love your caramel apples! I've had the stuff to make them since last Fall and I hope to make mine real soon.

  6. Good grief, Amy, I'm getting hungry for the real thing just looking at these! They all look fantastic.

    What a really cute craft. Thanks for sharing the steps so that I didn't have to look for this elsewhere.

  7. Amy, those are the prettiest Caramel Apples I've ever seen...and so realistic!

    Thanks for stopping by to visit me at my Baking/Cooking Blog :)

  8. Those look good enough to eat! I've seen some other bloggers have been making them as well. They are very cute packaged up and tied with the different ribbons. I can't believe how real they look!