Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Caramel Apple Kit

I recently taught a Super Saturday class at my church. The class was on Gifts in a Jar and other Creative Gift Ideas. I came up with several ideas and recipes. I am planning on sharing them all on this blog. I have been super busy though so I am going to have to post a few at a time for now. I decided to share this one first because it seems fitting for this time of the year.


What you will need:

One small clear paint can (I bought mine at Micheal's for $2.99)
1 package of Kraft caramel bits (package will include 5 popsicle sticks) These are caramel balls that come unwrapped and ready to melt. I found them at Super Walmart.
1/2 package of Wilton chocolate candy melts
1/2 cup chopped nuts, mini M&M's, Mini chocolate chips or other topping of your choice

I put each of the ingredients into ziploc bags and then layered them in the paint can along with the popsicle sticks. I created a simple label that includes the directions. The label will stick to the inside of the paint can without adhesives. I finished it off by tying a ribbon around the paint can. I also tied ribbons around the stems of the apples.

Here are the directions:

Insert a wooden stick into the stem of each apple. Spray
wax paper with cooking spray and set aside. Place caramel
bits and 2 Tbsp. water in a medium microwavable safe bowl.
Microwave on high for 2 minutes; stir until caramel bits
are completely melted. Dip apples into caramel until evenly
coated, spooning caramel over the apples if necessary.
Allow excess caramel to drip off. Scrape bottoms of apples;
place on wax paper. Refrigerate at least one hour. Melt
chocolate candy melts in a microwavable safe bowl for
30 second intervals until melted; stirring in between
each interval. Dip the caramel apples in the chocolate until
evenly coated or drizzle over the tips of apples with a spoon.
Sprinkle with nuts. Let apples set up.

Makes 5 caramel apples

39 comments:

Lin said...

I love idea! It's so simple yet so great.

I'm definetly going to use this one, thanks.

Jessica Morris said...

Adorable!! Such a great idea! :)
I am planning on doing something like this (using a paint can/layering) with a grill theme for men.
This is a super cute idea!!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

What a darling gift!! I am so featuring this and will be back to see what other jar ideas you have. THANKS!

Kris said...

Love these. I am thinking about doing something like this for Christmas presents this year and I can't wait to see what else you came up with.

Clements Family said...

How cute is that! Love the idea!

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Bridget said...

I came from Ucreate and had to tell you what a cute idea you have! I have a ton of those paint cans laying around and never found a use for them- thanks!

Carol said...

How did you get the ribbons on the apples? Such a fun idea!

Kelly O. said...

super cute!!

Erin said...

I love this idea! I am going to do this for the ladies I visit teach.

Jadi said...

Carol,
I just tied the ribbons around the stems of the apples.

Amanda said...

I love, LOVE this idea! I have no one to do it for right now but this is getting bookmarked and stored away for the future!

Karen said...

This is such a wonderful idea and very simple indeed. Christmas gifts here we come. Thank you!

sweetjeanette said...

Wow! I didn't know there was such a thing as a clear paint can. After spending all day trapsing around the JoAnn's today, I guess tommorrow it's Michaels! LOL
That was adorable how you packaged them!

Come see me sometime...I'd be thrilled!

sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

Carrie said...

I love this idea and I am a big big fan of carmenl apples.

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

This is such a cute idea! I've been visiting your recipe blog for awhile now; I had no idea that you had this blog too. I thought I was the only one crazy enough to write two blogs! :)

Anthony & Linds said...

I am just a random stalker. I just HAD to tell you how adorable this is! I love making a small gift for my parents around Halloween. Its normally pretty hard to find something thats not all ghoulish and blood covered. This was absolutely perfect! Thanks for the idea! I cannot wait to try it out!

SewCalGal said...

Lovely gift idea.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Bonny said...

From this alone, looks like your class was fabulous!!!

Anonymous said...

love it. sefinitely try it out.
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Sara said...

What a great idea! This would make a wonderful gift. What program did you use to make the label?

Jadi said...

Sara,
I used Paint Shop Pro to make my label.

Melissa said...

So cute! Glad I found your site - tons of great ideas! Keep them comin'!

Anonymous said...

Love this idea and would like to pass them out as gifts. Would you mind sharing your label so that we could print it off? I am not creative on the computer!!!!

Cher said...

This is such a clever idea! Love it---especially the ribbons on the apples. SO CUTE! Thanks for sharing

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

This is so fantastic I wish I would have seen this before I made my caramel apple buckets (I just posted them lol)these are so cute

jenjen said...

That is so cute! I love it!

XOOX
Jen

Jadi said...

Anonymous,

I don't have the label ready to share yet but I will keep it on my list of things to do.

Young Wife said...

Adorable! What a fun gift idea!

Lori said...

Hi Jadi, This is my first time to your blog. I have spent the past hour looking through all of your wonderful posts! I love the paint can ideas and I can't wait to see more. This is a perfect idea for my daughters' teacher gifts. I assure you I will be back for more of your wonderful ideas! Lori

JHill said...

Awesome tutorial! I would like to make a variety of these kits in a jar for our booth at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life next year, and I could use as many ideas as possible. Any change you will post your other versions?

madincrafts.blogspot.com

Angie said...

Has anyone else found other great ideas like this one to use with the clear paint cans? This is a great start - but I am SO not creative (visually!)
Angie

Rebecca said...

Where did you get that adorable graphic? I'm totally making these for neighbor gifts :)

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Miss Rowley said...

thank you for posting this i am now a follower and I love the idea. i am going to have to do this for next year.

dining room table said...

This can be a very nice gift for my friend on her birthday! Love the package and the treat.

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