Finding ways to involve kids in the kitchen can be tricky when trying to make dinner, so I look for ways to let them contribute that are easy on all of us. Make sure to help younger children dip their apples in the warm caramel so they're safe around the hot sugar.
What a fun way to celebrate the arrival of Halloween. Kids can create their own polka- dot patterns on the apples by applying jumbo black and orange sprinkles before the caramel dries.”
Wash and dry the apples. Insert a stick into the top of each one.
In a medium saucepan, place the caramels and 2 tablespoons water over low heat. Stir the caramels until melted, about 3-5 minutes. For thinner caramel, add one more tablespoons water.
Remove the caramel from the heat, then dip the apples in the caramel (this should be under adult supervision). Allow any additional caramel to drip off back into the pan, then place the caramel-dipped apples on a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper. Before the caramel has set, apply the sprinkles so they stick in the caramel.
Allow the apples to cool completely before serving.
To make caramel apples easier to eat for small kids, it's a great idea to slice them into smaller, bite-sized pieces.