This weekend, we had a birthday party for my oldest daughter, who is now a teenager!
She invited a few of her closest friends to our house for a sleepover. All of them, except one, go to different churches and different schools, so it was a treat for her to be able to see them again.
Since I am working full-time, I feel like everything I do has to be easy and thrown together quickly. I was scrambling for an idea of what to do as 13 is a rather old to be doing little kids crafts that we used to do at our birthday parties. I saw on Pinterest an idea for a candy apple bar; but when I clicked on the link, it just took me to back to Pinterest. Since I could not go to anyone’s website and get more information, I just made our own candy apple bar for the girls’ dessert. The girls loved it and it was super easy!
Here is what you need for a Candy Apple Bar:
- caramel (and some milk or water) (affiliate links are in this post)
- Bamboo skewers or lollipop sticks
- Toppings such as crushed Oreos, crushed Butterfingers (you can find some already crushed up in a bag), mini Reese’s® pieces, mini M & M’s, chopped up Andes mints (you can find these already in small pieces in a bag), crushed up Heath candy bars or Heath bits, mini chocolate chips, and marshmallows.
Here is how I prepared our Candy Apple Bar:
- I bought the Kraft caramel bits at Walmart. I melted one bag over low/medium heat and added a couple tablespoons of milk. You can add as much or as little milk as you desire. Add just a little bit at a time as you can always add more; but if the caramel is too runny, it will not stick to the caramel. You can also melt the caramel with milk in the microwave, stirring every minute.
- Put toppings in little dividers such as a muffin pan, muffin liners, or little cups.
- Cut apples in 6-8 pieces removing the core. Stick a bamboo skewer or a lollipop stick in each apple slice. I liked the bamboo skewers as they were easy to stick in the apple slices, but they do break easier than the lollipop sticks.
Now you are ready to eat!
The apples can now be dipped in the caramel and then in the desired topping. The toppings do get caramel in it, but the girls did not care in the least. The girls did reuse their skewers as they never ate off of the skewer. They usually would remove the slice after it had the caramel and toppings on it, and then eat it. Only about half of the apple slice got the caramel and candy, but it was all it needed as that was a lot of sugar on each slice. The girls loved the dessert and had so much fun trying out different toppings. Three or four slices was all each girl could handle, but I think they liked this dessert so much better than an ice cream bar or regular cake. It was unique, fun, and easy! I will definitely do it again for a tween/teen activity.
Here are some other caramel treats perfect for fall!
Chocolate Caramel Cookies (change the color of M & M’s on the top for fall!)