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Old 08-10-2007, 09:39 PM   #1
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Tiny caramel apples

I'm putting this in the Appetizer category, since I'm picturing them as being about the size of cocktail onions. Maybe not BEFORE dinner though.

Next week's BBQ competition has an "extra category": anything using some of the 3 lbs of apples you are given.

I have an idea to make mini caramel apples, by peeling the apples and making small balls using a melon baller. Placing the balls in lemon ice water to prevent browning, then inserting toothpicks in the balls and dipping them in melted caramels. Then dipped in nuts or coconut and chilled.

What do you think?

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Old 08-10-2007, 09:41 PM   #2
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Lee, this might be an of-the-wall comment, but how about using crab apples instead of apple balls? Just an idea.

I know they'd be a bit tart, but wouldn't that be a nice "surprise?"
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:51 PM   #3
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Great idea, Katie, especially for the darned crabapples that are all over my driveway every fall!

But each team must use some of the 3 lbs of apples given to them by the contest organizer.

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Oh, well, nice try. The apple balls sound like a good plan. Instead of soaking them is acidulated water, how about soaking them in lemon vodka? Give 'em a kick.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:36 PM   #5
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Wow.... I'm liking where this is going... I think your ideas sound great. I have always liked the flavor of caramel apples, but never would eat or buy one cuz it is way to much, this may be a great way to that caramel apple fix without having to indulge the whole apple!
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:10 AM   #6
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I hath ressurected this thread for to see how these turned out.

Seriously, I think this might be something to make for my bowling league potluck. I was already considering applesauce and little caramel apples would be a neat addition (not to mention I can use the leftovers from the appleballs to make the applesauce.
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Old 11-27-2007, 06:01 AM   #7
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Well, you may be the first to try it, Vapor! Let us know how they were, if you make them! :-)

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Old 11-27-2007, 09:07 AM   #8
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Instead of the vodka--how about soaking in Hot D@mn.. get an apple cinnamon thing going....
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Instead of the vodka--how about soaking in Hot D@mn.. get an apple cinnamon thing going....
Now that sounds awesome - great idea !
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Old 11-27-2007, 11:41 AM   #10
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Well, if I'm gonna be the first, I'm gonna need to buy a couple of things (a melon baller being the first thing that comes to mind...) and learn a couple of things... like how to make/melt/whatever a caramel coating that'll stick and stay mosty solid at room temp.

My first idea was using a double boiler to melt the old standby Brach's caramels (with the mess of unwrapping all those tiny blocks of chewy goodness...), but I'm not sure how well that'll work.

I think I'll wind up breaking out a food processor, as standard chopped peanuts might just be a little out of scale... peanuts reduced to the size of dust might work better... Hopefully I won't just end up with peanut butter.
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Old 11-27-2007, 01:23 PM   #11
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Look for Caramel apple wraps in your grocery store. Check in the Produce Department.
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:19 PM   #12
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I love the idea of infusing vodka, especially for the holidays. It puts everyone in the holiday "spirit."
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:00 PM   #13
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Look for Caramel apple wraps in your grocery store. Check in the Produce Department.
Seen those... heck I think I even HAVE a box that got buried in the pantry. Have to check and see if those are still viable.

Might be a little fiddly cutting those wraps to size... We're talking caramel apples at 1:10 scale.
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Might be a little fiddly cutting those wraps to size... We're talking caramel apples at 1:10 scale.
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Anyway... attempted this on a small scale. After getting some help with the caramel, I dipped the little apple balls in it.

It worked about halfway. The first 10 or so I did got runny since I had them out on the counter (on a cookie sheet, with parchment paper).

So I stuck the cookie sheet in the fridge and used small sheets of foil to transfer small batches. Silly me. Foil + Sticky stuff = Problems.

Though they held up better than the first set, getting them off the foil was impossible.

To make matters worse, the fact that they don't have a peel means the juice of the apple can (and will) make the caramel unstable, so if the caramel is stuck to anything, the apple and toothpick go one way, and the caramel goes another.

Next time I try this, definately going to have waxed paper on hand (which should deal with the stickiness problem) and going to remove the finished product from the waxed paper with a spatula or some other flat object.
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Anyway... attempted this on a small scale. After getting some help with the caramel, I dipped the little apple balls in it.

It worked about halfway. The first 10 or so I did got runny since I had them out on the counter (on a cookie sheet, with parchment paper).

So I stuck the cookie sheet in the fridge and used small sheets of foil to transfer small batches. Silly me. Foil + Sticky stuff = Problems.

Though they held up better than the first set, getting them off the foil was impossible.

To make matters worse, the fact that they don't have a peel means the juice of the apple can (and will) make the caramel unstable, so if the caramel is stuck to anything, the apple and toothpick go one way, and the caramel goes another.

Next time I try this, definately going to have waxed paper on hand (which should deal with the stickiness problem) and going to remove the finished product from the waxed paper with a spatula or some other flat object.
well, guess caramel in a bowl and apple slices on toothpicks solves that one..
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Thanks for the report, Vapor!

How did they taste? Was it worth doing again?

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