Mini Caramel Apples

ImageCute, bite-sized, and easy to make. Make the caramel in the microwave, and use a melon baller to scoop out mini “apples.”
Apples:
Suggested: use a tart apple, such as Granny Smith, or a tart/sweet apple such as Honey Crisp or Jonagold.
Caramel:
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 cup light Karo syrup
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Stir. Continue this cycle (microwave for 2-3 minutes, then stop and stir) four to five times, until caramel turns a nice golden color.
  2. Remove from the microwave (caution, the bowl will be hot!), and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Using a melon baller, scoop bites from an apple.  Pat the apple bites dry with a paper towel.
  4. Using 3-6 in wooden skewers (cocktail skewers or longer skewers cut in half), skewer the apple bites (put the skewer through the center of the skin on each bite.)
  5. Dip the bites in the warm caramel. For that gourmet apple look, leaving part of the apple skin showing.Image

Optional: After dipping in the caramel, dip the bites in toppings such as colored sugar, festive sprinkles, or chopped nuts.

Hint: Put the dipped apples in small cupcake liners to keep from sticking to each other and keep things neat.

Keep Your Carved Pumpkin Fresh for Weeks

ImageWe’ve all seen what our carved pumpkin looks like after a week or two. Sagging, looking moldy. That smiling face your child carved is now a pathetic frown. The intricate carving of your favorite team logo has just collapsed, leaving a unattractive blob for viewing.

I just found out about this tip, and will be giving it a try to keep our jack-o-lanterns fresh for a longer period of time.

  1. After you scoop out and carve your pumpkin, dip it in a large container of bleach and water (use a 1 tsp:1 gal mix). The bleach will kill bacteria and help your pumpkin stay fresh longer.
  2. Drain your pumpkin upside down until completely dry.
  3. Add 2 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush or spray this solution onto your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh for weeks.