DIY an Awesome Caramel Apple Bar for a Fantastic Family Night!

 

DIY Caramel Apple Bar

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There is a crispness in the air, leaves are falling, days are getting shorter, so it must be Apple Picking Time! Along with that comes the seasonal Caramel Apple and the Caramel Apple Bar.

Crisp apples dipped in gooey, rich caramel are a wonderful treat this time of yearSo here is our version of a Caramel Apple Bar. With a variety of ingredients, each person can create their own delicious autumn treat. This is a fun family night activity. You could make it a tradition.

 

DIY Caramel Apple Bar

Things you will need:

  • Crockpot or Slow Cooker. We used a double crockpot, which I purchased at a garage sale for $5.  I love those “FINDS”!
  • Apples.  We used Granny Smith (a forever favorite), Gala, and Braeburn.
  • Craft sticks for inserting into the apples for handles.
  • Caramels and Chocolate for dipping.
  • Toppings for dipping the coated apples into
  • Bowls for organizing the toppings 
  • Paper cups or cupcake wrappers to hold the caramel apples

Possible Caramel Apple Bar Toppings:

  • Almonds (chopped)
  • Pecans (chopped)
  • Walnuts (chopped)
  • Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips
  • Chocolate mini morsels
  • S'mores Morsels Mix
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Sea Salt Caramel Baking Chips
  • Premier White Chocolate Baking Chips
  • Semi-Sweet Dark Chocolate Baking Bits
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • Turtle Minis
  • (We used the melting wafers to drizzle over the caramel apples.  Both the Dark Chocolate and the White Chocolate added flavor and beautiful decoration.)

DIY Caramel Apple Bar

How to create the Caramel Apples:

  1. Prepare the Apples.  Wash and dry them. Place them in the refrigerator to chill.  (We put our apples on a large cookie sheet on the patio table outside the kitchen door. This is not a good idea in freezing weather-We just want to chill the apples.)  Chilled apples allow the warm caramels and Chocolate to stick to the apples better.
  2. Unwrap the caramels and place into the slow cooker.  We placed it on high initially. They take a while to melt.  Once they start melting, turn to medium or low and watch to make sure they do not burn.
  3. If you want to melt Chocolate to also dip your apples in, we found that semi-sweet morsels worked well. Again, place in the slow cooker and watch carefully. Once melted, turn to low. Remember, each slow cooker can be a little different so it is important to stay relatively close so nothing burns.
  4. Organize your toppings in bowls that the apples are easy to dip.  We used plastic dollar store items. Afterward, we washed them and saved them for another day. (just because they are inexpensive doesn't mean we toss them.)
  5. Remove stems from the apples and insert the craft sticks.
  6. Dip the cool apples into the melted sauces.
  7. Start creating your one-of-a-kind Caramel Apple Creation by dipping or rolling your apple into the choice of toppings.

Dipping Caramel Apples

Oh! The scrumptious possibilities the Caramel Apple Bar offers!

 

DIY Caramel Apple Bar Topping Ideas

 

Add one of the recipes for apple cider to complete the theme for the evening.

Use Craft Sticks I used for the Caramel Apples.  These sticks are great for the photo booth props! And the Slow Cooker, Dual Pot Slow Cooker Buffet is reasonably priced (definitely not one of the higher-priced models). It caused so often, even for evening family meals.  I love mine–however, I was able to purchase mine at a garage sale a couple of years ago. I went garage sale shopping with my daughter-in-law. She thought I had a problem with crockpots. I probably do. But having the right crockpot on hand just makes me happy.  

 

Tools that make it easy.

Paper:  This Neenah Paper is a 90 lb weight, but does the job. Budget-friendly. Hammermill Paper is high quality and I like to use this brand. It is a bright paper, but I found that it is great for printables.

Sticks: Popsicle Sticks have been used for years and work well.  The Apple sticks are a super alternative. They are multi-use. Use them for caramel Apples, corn dogs, kababs, and more.

Hole Punch: This is the hole punch I use.  The circle size is 1/4 in and will accommodate most ribbon sizes for the banners. The padded handles are very appreciated.

Photo Booth Sticks:  Favordrory 11.8 Inches Wood Craft Sticks Natural Bamboo Sticks. These sticks are long and easy to hold. It is a flat stick and allows a better surface for gluing the photo-booth prop to the stick.

Rememer_Most of these tools are used over and over.

Scoring Tool: This is a simple but effective scoring tool, that helps create a scoreline. This is helpful in the creation of the table tents.  You can also use a butter knife, which I did for a time, but I now like having designated tools for the things I do.

Trim and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers- I found this at Hobby Lobby a while ago and love it. I also found it on Amazon recently and do recommend it. In addition to providing a scoring tool and a 12 ” x 12″ workboard on which to score straight lines, but it also has a trimming option-great for smaller projects. I also appreciate that it is easy to store and the scoring tool is less likely to get lost. Plus it comes with 2 additional blades for the trimmer.

Slow Cooker: Dual Pot Slow Cooker Buffet- This is similar to the cooker I use. It is budget-friendly. I love this type of slow cooker because of its versatility.

But! You can find these materials in craft stores.  I found the slow cooker at a garage sale. That may not be an option for many. You could also try consignment shops or resale shops. I truly enjoyed the time my daughter-in-law and I spent going from sale to sale. It was a fun and relaxing time.


Our official taste tester seemed pleased.

happy toddler taste tester

Photography for this post

Be sure to get the Caramel Apple Bar Sign

 in the Resource Library!

 

And Get the Full Set including Signs, Table Tents, Jokes and Riddles Cards in the shop.

Click Below to see the Chalkboard Caramel Apple Party Printables and fun add-ons.

THE PARTY WILL BWE LIVE 10/7/20 – 5 pm central time-US.


DIY Caramel Apple Bar

 

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This post was updated on Oct. 5, 2020

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