Everybody Loves an Ugly Apple

caramel applesImagine you are walking through Disneyland, the county fair, the mall… wherever, and suddenly it hits you: MUST. HAVE. CARAMEL. APPLE. It happens. And now you can make them in the comfort of your own home!

Still, anyone can make a regular caramel apple, why not do something really special—something festive? Enter the ugly apple. Ugly is festive, right?

What, you may ask, is an ugly apple? It’s a caramel apple taken up a notch, and by notch I mean bling. Lots and lots of sweet, sweet bling.

Sometimes we decorate the apple to look like a monster, but it can just as easily be made to resemble anything you want. Ugly lies in the eyes of the apple holder.

funny caramel apples

Here’s what you need:

  • 100 pieces of Werther’s Chewy Caramels
  • 1 small can of evaporated milk
  • 8 – 10 apples
  • same number of popsicle sticks or thick skewers
  • assorted candies of your choice (chocolate chips, red hots, candy corn, etc.)
  • small amount of chocolate for melting
  • patience

caramel apples

Here’s what you do:

  • wash apples, remove the stems, insert sticks into the bottom of each and set aside
  • place Werther’s Chewy Caramels in stainless steel bowl and set bowl over saucepan of water (water should not touch bottom of bowl) and heat caramels on stove top while slowly adding evaporated milk (not too much!), and stirring constantly (three hands recommended)
  • remove melted caramel from heat and dip each apple, spinning slowly until covered (you may want to use a spoon for full coverage)
  • place caramel covered apple on cookie sheet layered with wax paper and repeat for all apples
  • while the caramel sets melt chocolate in similar fashion (but without the evaporated milk)
  • once caramel is hard use melted chocolate as an adhesive to apply small candy pieces for the creation of your choice
  • consume as needed

It’s a lot of fun, and aside from some stove top action the kids are able to do all of the work themselves. Messes may vary.

fun carael apples

A big thanks to Werther’s for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.


Honea ExpressRead more from Whit Honea at his site Honea Express and the popular group blog DadCentric. You can follow Whit on the Twitter or Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).



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