One of the interesting things about being a newspaper copy editor is that you end up reading just about every page in the newspaper - even ones that you might normally skip when the paper comes to your door every morning.
On Saturdays, I often put together the Monday kids' section in our newspaper. This past weekend, as I was printing out a proof of the kids' section front page, I spotted these: miniature "caramel" apples. "I have to make these!" I said. The rest of the copy desk laughed at me.
Well, yesterday I made them, and today I will take them in to show them all that they shouldn't have laughed at me. They're a lovely little bite-sized treat, and I bet they'd be fun to make with kids.
Miniature "Caramel" Apples
-Granny Smith apples (I got about 10 miniatures from each apple)
-4-inch lollipop sticks
-A bag of butterscoth or peanut butter morsels
-Sprinkles, chopped nuts, or coconut for topping
Using a melon baller (or a metal teaspoon measurer, like I used), scoop the miniature apples out of the Granny Smiths. Make sure some skin is showing on each miniature.
Stick the lollipop sticks into the apple pieces (you might have to cut the sticks into points at the end to make it easier). Blot the apple pieces with a paper towel to make them dryer.
Melt the morsels according to the package directions. Holding them by the lollipop sticks, dip each apple piece in the melted morsels to coat, then roll in sprinkles or other toppings. Set on a piece of waxed paper to harden.