Caramel Apple Fondue Bites is a fun and a healthier way to get the taste of fall. You and your family and friends will have fun dipping, dunking, and devouring these adorable little snacks.
Caramel Apples hold a special place in my heart. Caramel apples remind me of picking apples at our local orchard and running through the corn maze at our local pumpkin patch. They signified Halloween was rapidly approaching. Halloween is my favorite holiday and my family went all out when it came to Halloween decorations. I could barely contain my excitement as a child every year when it was time for our grocery store to sell caramel apples. Shit, I can barely contain my excitement as an adult.
As an adult, my excitement is, unfortunately, coupled with reality. I mean, as a kid I would eat anything loaded with sugar without a second thought. Now, as an adult, when I look at caramel apples I think, I really want to face plant into that tasty son of a bitch but if I eat the entire thing my pants won’t fit tomorrow.
So, I made Caramel Apple Fondue Bites to compromise with myself. I get to experience the joy of eating caramel apples and fit into my pants. #adultinglikeaboss
True confession time- this recipe pissed me off. My feelings for food normally verge on inappropriate but this recipe was a pain in the ass. I attempted to make 4 batches of caramel and none of them worked. The first caramel recipe I tried was from Serious Eats. The water/sugar combo was supposed to get golden brown after a few minutes, but mine didn’t brown like it was supposed to. I tried the recipe a second time, with less water, and it still didn’t work.
I decided to forgo following a recipe and melt sugar, with a tablespoon of water, in a pot on low until it melted into a golden brown syrup. Whelp, apparently I thought watching over the sugar carefully was for losers because I burnt the caramel. Kieran and I dunked in an apple piece to taste the caramel and immediately spit it out. Yuck, the caramel wasn’t remotely edible. To add insult to injury I ran out of sugar for my 4th attempt. I was all kinds of frustrated at this point.
I returned home from the store with another bag of sugar to make caramel one last time. Homemade caramel should be fun to make but I wanted to punch it in its gooey face. Once again, I burnt the caramel. FML.
However, this time the caramel was edible. Praise Jesus or whatever deity you believe in.
I enjoy reading recipe failures from other bloggers, so I hope you appreciate my candor. I don’t want anyone to fail a recipe, but eventually, we all do, so it’s nice to know we’re all human. That being said, this recipe will work with your favorite store-bought or homemade caramel recipe.
Once you have your caramel ready, it’s time to make Caramel Apple Fondue Bites! This recipe is perfect for fall gatherings because your guests can dunk and customize their favorite caramel apple toppings! I like to provide little dishes filled with crushed nuts, shredded coconut, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, and mini M&M’s. Let your imagination run wild when coming up with toppings. Just remember the smaller the topping the better. The apple bites are small so large toppings will slip off due to their weight.
You can also get experimental with your caramel. You could offer a normal batch of caramel for the kids and a bourbon-spiked batch of caramel for the adults!
When it comes to apples, I like to use a variety. You will be using a melon baller to cut out apple bites and apple flesh has a tendency to turn brown once exposed to oxygen. Avoid red apples as they burn brown the fastest. I recommend Courtland, Gala, and Granny Smith apples because they don’t brown so quickly.
You will notice the caramel likes to slip off the apple bites because the flesh is wet. Pro tip – before dipping the apples in caramel, wrap a paper towel around them and gently squeeze out the moisture. Immerse the apples in the caramel once the moisture has been removed. Immediately after dunking the apples in caramel, dunk them in ice water. The cold water will shock the caramel making it stick to the apple. Remove the apple from the ice water and gently wipe off the excess water. Lastly, dunk the caramel covered apple into your favorite toppings and pop it in your mouth!
You’re welcome to make the apples for your guests and present them as Mini Caramel Apple Bites, however, I think fondue is more fun for a party. Plus, your guests can choose for themselves how much caramel and toppings they want to add.
There you have it folks, Caramel Apple Fondue Bites. A fun and healthier way to squash your caramel apple cravings! Kieran and I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe and we hope you and your family does too!
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