Turn Time Spent in the Kitchen into a Fun Time with the Kid's with some Ooey Gooey Caramel Apples!

I don't know why but I always associate the Fall as the time to make caramel apples.

When I was younger, every Fall my mom would plan a Saturday to make some of these yummy delights. But, what made it more fun was that she also planned for making some for our friends and neighbors.  If a new family had moved into the neighborhood over the course of the year, we would make them some candy apples.  Also, we would make some for our friends and then take them over to them.  Candy apples always brought good cheer to everyone! 

It was such a fun activity that I look back on now and always smile about.  In fact, I’ve just started making these fun apples on my own for my sister-in-law and her family or for my other family members.  Making these are just such a “Fallish” thing to do! 

Getting Kids Involved in Making Caramel Apples

For this to be a kid friendly activity you need a super easy recipe!  We never made anything over the top with our caramel apples so I have the perfect recipe for you.  And, if you want some ideas for toppings (toppings always make the apples look more festive :)), sign up for my list of 25 amazing toppings down below or on the right hand side of this page! 

Caramel Apple Recipe

  1. 6 apples (make sure you get your favorite variety of apples – Pink Lady would have to be ours!)
  2. 1 (14 oz) pkg caramels
  3. A little bit of milk
  4. 6 popsicle sticks
  5. Wax Paper
  6. Cookie Sheet

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Spray the wax paper with cooking spray.  Stick the popsicle sticks into the apples and set on the wax paper.  Next, get out a knife that you can use to spread the caramel sauce on the apples.  Unwrap all of the caramel pieces and drop them in a heavy saucepan.  Then, add the milk.  Turn a burner on medium-low heat and stir.  Stir constantly or you will burn the caramel.  Once everything is melted and all blended together, remove the pan from the heat.  Then, start coating the apples and placing them back onto the wax paper.  If you are adding any toppings, sprinkle the toppings on at this point before the caramel hardens. 

You might be wondering what exactly kids can do to get involved in this project.  Actually, they can do quite a bit. 

  • Have them get out the wax paper
  • Have the kids get out the cookie sheet
  • Have the kids open up the caramels, unwrap them and toss them into the saucepan
  • Stick the popsicle sticks into the apples (this is probably only if your kids are a little older because it does take some strength to push those into the apples.)
  • They can stir the sauce – especially helpful if you need to make a quick trip to the restroom or have to answer the phone…
  • They can chop up any toppings for you that you might be using (REMEMBER: free topping list sign up down below!) 
  • They can wash the dishes

The above list are just a few simple ways that you can get your kids involved in making the apples.  They will feel like they’ve been so helpful and it’s a fun way that you can spend time in the kitchen with your kids.

Ways to Make it Fun

Just letting the kids watch you is going to be a lot of fun for them.  But, spice up the mood with a few of these tips:

  • Turn on some music – their favorite Pandora channel or playlist…
  • Make some apple cider or tea that everyone can sip on while you make the apples
  • Light a candle to make the kitchen smell Fallish
  • Plan a fun snack like popcorn or chex mix that everyone can eat while they are waiting for the apples to harden
  • Decorate the popsicle sticks with stickers or Fall drawings

So, plan out a morning/afternoon and head into the kitchen to make some caramel apples with the kids!  And, if you want that free list of 25 toppings for your candy apples, sign up below!

Happy Fall, Everyone!

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