Caramel Crab Apples

caramel crab apple

I feel like I’ve been in hiding lately. In south Texas we’re in the middle of cedar season, and if you suffer from cedar allergies you are hating life right now. I never had an allergy until a few years ago, and I’m not enjoying it now. Cedar season runs from about Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, so I still have about a month left, and I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that the numbers go down from yesterday’s high of 34,420!

caramel crab apple

On a positive note, my husband came home from the grocery store the other day with crab apples! These apples are the cutest things, and as soon as I saw them I knew they’d be perfect for caramel apples. My kids love sweet treats, but a lot of times something like a caramel apple will only get half eaten because it’s too much. The crab apple is the perfect size for little people. Everyone finished their entire dessert, and they still wanted more, which is exactly how I think a dessert should be!

caramel crab apple

You can now buy caramel beads in the baking aisle so that you don’t have to unwrap all those squares of caramel. I just followed the directions on the package, but I cut it in half since I only had tiny apples. It’s basically a cup of caramels and a tablespoon of water over low heat. If I had it to do over again, I’d spray the wax paper with cooking spray, because a couple of the apples got little bits of paper stuck on them and it was kind of tedious to remove!

I think these would be perfect dipped in red sprinkles for Valentine’s day. It might be just the thing to help me celebrate the end of cedar season!

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  1. I LOVE those caramel beads! I use them when I bake brownies.

    These caramel apples look delicious!

  2. I am behind; never heard of caramel beads! So awesome!! Love this easy recipe 🙂

  3. How adorable! And, what a good, semi-healthy dessert option to start off the new year!

  4. So cute! And, I agree with the portion size – I can’t stand seeing my kids only eat half the apple!
    (Forget wax paper – use your Silpat:)