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Not Yo' Mama's Caramel Apples


Yesterday we had a blast creating some deliciously decadent caramel apples with Toby. We want Toby to be able to experience all of the fun kid-friendly parts of Autumn. He's at the perfect age where he's super eager and interested to give things a go, especially if they include any sort of candy. Caramel apples were no different! 

We decided to try making out own caramel apples because I've never had one before. Not sure why, but they've never appealed to me. Well, these were awesome. Maybe I'm just two and a half decades tardy to the party, but I've gotta make up for lost time! One thing that made these apples so easy and mess-free: caramel sheets! Have you seen them in the stores? You just lay them on top of the apples and pop them in the oven for ~5 minutes or so. I like that they cover the top of the apple as opposed to the bottom. The top is a much better bite, right? It also makes it a lot easier for a toddler to get involved. No hot stovetops or anything. Anyway, here are the ones we whipped up!




Okay, so I'm not sure if chocolate covered bacon is a regular apple topping, but we had to give it a go. Growing up in the south I've eaten chocolate gravy and biscuits my entire life, and I always love dipping my bacon in there, too. (Some of y'all are chocolate gravy lovers, too, right?!) Let me just say this: this apple was out of this world! SO good! All of these are so easy to change up. I think it'd be equally delicious to skip the caramel on the bacon one and just dip it in chocolate then roll in bacon pieces. (Real bacon, not BaconBits!) I think chocolate drizzle would add a nice touch to the pretzel one, but Mike veto'd my choice. Since he was probably going to be the one to eat it, I let him win :P



Toby was allll about the trail mix apple. He thought the raisins and cranberries looked like little bugs haha How appropriate for Halloween! We did a few with Honeycrisp apples and a few with Granny Smith. Just depends on the taste you're going for. One thing you should definitely keep in mind: they taste loads better if you let them chill in the fridge for a half hour or so! Just my opinion, but I love the crisp coolness on the inside of an apple when I bite in. 



All in all, it was 15 minutes very well spent in the Flynn household. Plus there were way fewer dishes to clean up. Win! Happy Monday friends. xo

39 comments:

  1. You have any of those bacon ones left over?!

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  2. MMMMM!!! what about chocolate, bacon AND salted pretzel?! all of these look so yummy

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails // current giveaway

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  3. These all look seriously amazing!! I feel like people in Iowa would love the chocolate covered bacon one. Bacon is a huge hit here.. also, the butterfinger and trail mix one look delicious!

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  4. Those look delicious! Not to distract from the point of the post, but the whole aesthetic of this entry looks gorgeous - between the fonts, tree disks, and photography the whole thing just looks amazing.

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    1. Thank you! We had a time styling it so I'm glad it worked out :P

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  5. Omg! They look so yummy!! I absolutely love caramel apples! I need try the butterfinger one!!!

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  6. Oh my gosh, the pretzel and butterfinger apples sound great!
    Hmm, I'm from Kentucky, but I've never heard of chocolate gravy.

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  7. OMG! It looks fantastic. I think I should try it ;)

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  8. Ok I just had lunch and now I'm drooling over my desk looking at these! Me want! LOL Thanks a lot for sharing xx

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  9. these look so good! a great activity to do with a kid...can't wait until my daughter is old enough so i can do this with her :)

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  10. Aw man those look delicious! I'm pretty sure they don't have caramel sheets in Holland (they don't even have canned pumpkin here) but I think tomorrow I'm going to have to set out on a caramel apple fixings gathering adventure. Noms.

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  11. I've had a few caramel apples in my time, but I've never made any myself. This might be a fun Fall activity to do with my niece! Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. chocolate covered BACON!?!? Eeeeep that sounds WONDERFUL! makes me shocked that Toby preferred the trail mix one, however :P hey, always helps to have a healthy kid! glad you guys are getting in on the fall fun! can't wait to see a pumpkin carving post...
    -Z
    sometimesztakespictures.wordpress.com

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  13. OMG CHOCOLATE GRAVYY! I was born in Arkansas (although I didn't grow up there because I was a Navy Brat) and all of my extended family still lives there. Every time we visited my gma she made chocolate gravy. Everyone looks at me like I'm insane when I tell them about it. But it's one of the best things ever!

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  14. I love caramel apples, and you guys managed to make them so simple and so friggin' creative with the toppings! Using caramel sheets would be so perfect, I'm going to have to try this with my 4 year old, for sure!

    I've never even heard of chocolate biscuits & gravy.. I googled pictures of it and oh my gosh.. it looks so good!

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  15. YUM! Salted Pretzel?! Hook a sister up! Haha! ;) These look amazing.

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  16. I'm totally inspired! I LOVE LOVE LOVE caramel apples- it's literally my favorite part of fall.

    Also, I am a Southern girl through and through! We have a little tea room down here called The Chocolate Biscuit, and I always send people that way!. So crazy good :)

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  17. Yum! Now I'm even more excited for Wednesday, when my boyfriend and I attempt to make caramel apples for the first time! I think it'll be alot more messy though because I don't think you can get caramel sheets in the uk...

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  18. Chocolate gravy?! How have I missed that? I've been in the south my entire life and never had the pleasure!

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  19. These pictures are so beautiful! I love caramel apples!

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  20. This looks so fantastic! Especially the bacon one! NOM

    xoxo missdottidee.blogspot.com

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  21. Yum! My son happened to be looking at the screen when I was looking this one over and he saw Toby. :) He said that Toby is a nice boy. Secondly, bacon+chocolate is amazing! Have you ever tried Vosges Haut Chocolate? YUM!

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  22. i am IN LOVE with this post. these photos are the best— i've been looking for tree rounds like those for SO long but i can't finad any! and i love the script font you used! i've never had a pretzel caramel apple— sounds SO dreamy!

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    1. Thanks lady! My stepdad took a chainsaw to some stumps a neighbor left out by the road! Haha

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  23. Chocolate and bacon whaaaaaaaaaaat!!!! Reckon I'll have to try it before I make further comment ha! They all sound super tasty though. And your pictures are so pretty! :) xxx


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  24. I thought making my own would be WAY more difficult, but that was before I read "caramel sheets". Too bad I can only eat them cut up :( Maybe I'll try this though!

    xo Ashley
    luckylittlebird.blogspot.com

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  25. Those look delicious...I might try the chocolate and bacon one

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  26. carmel apples are my favorite!! these look sooo good. that bacon one looks like heaven in my mouth. xx

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  27. Yum, they look delicious! Hope your week's off to a great start ;D.

    Miki.

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  28. yum they look soo good, never had one before but now i might just have to!

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  29. I've used the caramel sheets before, but I've never thought to add toppings, what a great idea! I definitely want to try that pretzel one, yummm...

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  30. You are right definitely not average carmel apples, but I love it!

    Emma
    http://emmavogelsang.blogspot.com

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  31. Those look awesome. I love sweet and salty combos.

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  32. Oh my god - that bacon and chocolate one may officially be Robbie's dream come true. Need to make for him ASAP. These all look amazing (and the photos are gorgeous too). xo

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