Love caramel apples but struggle with polishing off a massive treat? Then do I have the answer for you…a caramel apple bar! This self serve apple caramel apple bar lets you pick a much smaller and more manageable amount of apple and cover it with anything your taste buds desire. Even better? It’s perfect for a Fall themed after school snack or for entertaining so you can spend less time stressing about making enough delicious food for your guests and let them be responsible for at least some of the food prep. Here’s how to make a Caramel Apple Bar:
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How to Make a Caramel Apple Bar Hint #1–Get Help From the Store
Trying to figure out the easiest way to make a caramel apple bar? It’s shockingly simple…but I must tell you that it will get a little bit messy (but in the most delicious way possible, of course). I get as much help as I can from my local grocery store and buy pre-made caramel dipping sauce, as well as toppings such as sprinkles, chopped nuts, gummy worms…it’s a smorgasbord of sweets, really. You can also make your life even easier by buying pre-dipped apples, but keep in mind that it will lead to a bigger mess when cutting the apples into slices.
How to Make a Caramel Apple Bar Hint #2–Get the Right Kind of Apples
As for the apples, we always use apples fresh from the farm, and this year we got a great basket full of Honeycrisp apples from All Seasons Farm in Woodstock, Illinois (you can find other great family run farms here). We like Honeycrisp apples because they are sweet and firm, but you can also use Granny Smith apples if you prefer a more tart flavor. The firmer your apple, the easier it will be to create a loaded caramel apple.
How to Make a Caramel Apple Bar Hint #3–Put Together Your Platter
I cut up the apples into chunks and place them on blunt sticks (the kind you would use for cake pops work perfectly). Once they are on a stick, I arrange them in a pretty glass jar so they are easy to select. Next, it is time to organize all of the toppings. I like to put each topping in a small bowl and then arrange all of the options on a large, tantalizing platter. Need help brainstorming some toppings?
- Gummy worms
- Reese’s pieces
- Chopped nuts
- Colorful frosting
- Halloween candies (eyeballs, bugs, etc.)
- Mini marshmallows
Then comes the messy and yummy fun! Dip the apple into the caramel and cover it with your favorite toppings. I think you get a prettier finished product if you totally submerge your apple stick in one of the topping bowls, but that can prove to be a bit challenging for larger items such as the gummy worms.
The caramel will still be soft and gooey, so I recommend popping your finished product into the fridge or freezer for a couple of minutes so that it can harden and it is a bit cleaner to eat.