Fall is my favorite time of year...and my kids love it too because it means apple picking! We have a tree right in our backyard that provides a daily snack for the kids.
With Halloween just around the corner, we decided to take the after-school snack to the next level and make "Monster Caramel Apples." The kids loved making them as much as they relished gobbling their treats down!
Start by prepping your ingredients. We bought a kit from the grocery store for our caramel apples. The kit comes with the sticks and caramel all ready to go--but you can melt caramel candies down in a microwave-safe bowl as well.
For decorations, we used slivered almonds, raisins, marshmallows, and chocolate chips (a good mix of healthy and sweet).
To prepare the apples, stick the Popsicle stick in the top of the apple. Then let an adult take a sharp knife and cut a little slice out of the apple for the mouth. (You can skip this step and just decorate a mouth.)
Swirl the apple in the melted caramel, and place it on a lightly greased plate.
While the caramel is still warm and soft, let the kids decorate to their hearts' content. They can use toothpicks to create arms and bunny ears, as my three-year-old did.