Light up your summer entertaining with these easy patriotic caramel apple pops! It’s so much fun to make caramel apples at home. But it’s more fun to make caramel apple pops. Bite-sized apple chunks are first coated with melted almond bark, followed by a soft chewy caramel, and dipped in crushed red, white, and blue M&M’s, these are sure to be a hit at your next cookout.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MARS. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I can’t believe how quick summer is approaching. It is only a month away! It feels like we just celebrated the New Year. Summer needs to slow down and creep by so we can enjoy it.
One of the great things about summer is the outdoor entertaining. There are pool parties, cookouts, picnics, camping, and so much more. I’m one of those people who enjoy being outdoors all summer long. If there is an event outside, I’m there!
And I’ll show up with these caramel apple pops in hand.
Have you ever made caramel apples at home? It’s super easy. And turning them into bite-sized pops is way more fun! Plus you can decorate them to match the theme of your summer party.
First, you need your favorite apple. I used Granny Smith apples because the tartness of the apple mellows out the extra sweet coating. But you can use any apple that suits your fancy.
Core and slice the apple into eight slices. Don’t bother peeling it though, unless you really want to. Cut each apple slice in half crossways so that you have sixteen nice chunks of apple that are relatively the same size. You will notice that one end of the apple chunk is wider than the other. Push a sucker stick through the smaller end so that the apple pop will stand up on the wider end, if that makes sense.
I experimented with these quite a bit and learned that caramel absolutely will not stick to the wet flesh of the apple. It slides right off. So, I came up with an awesome tip to help the caramel adhere to the apple. Almond bark! It works perfectly. Dab the apple really well with paper towel and dip it in melted almond bark. Set it on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and immediately pop the tray into the refrigerator.
It’s best to have your cookie sheet already in the refrigerator and add the pops as you dip them. This will help set the almond bark so that it stays adhered to the apple.
Once the almond bark is set, it’s time to coat the apples in caramel. I took a short cut instead of making my own caramel. I mean this recipe is all about easy. I simply melted down some caramel bits according to the package directions and voila! Soft, gooey caramel is ready for dipping.
Let’s not forget about the fun patriotic topping. M&M’s Milk Chocolate Red, White, & Blue are exactly what a summer entertaining party calls for. Just look at how festive these pops are! You can package them up with red, white, and blue ribbons also. So fun!
Head over to Target and grab a bag (or two) of Red, White, & Blue M&M’s because everyone is going to love these festive caramel apple pops!
Why you should make Caramel apple pops:
- they require only 4 ingredients
- they are fun to make with the kids
- they are portable making them perfect for outdoor parties and picnics
Caramel Apple Pops
- 2 medium to large apples
- 12 ounces almond bark coarsely chopped
- 1 (14 ounce) bag soft caramels bits
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 cups crushed M&M’s Milk Chocolate Red, White, & Blue ,finely crushed
- 32 sucker sticks
Core and cut each apple into 8 slices. Cut each slice in half crossways to make equal size chunks. Push a sucker stick into the smaller end of the apple and set it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set the baking sheet in the refrigerator.
Place the almond bark in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute and stir. Heat in additional 30 minute intervals, stirring between each one, until fully melted and smooth. Working with one apple chunk at a time, dab the apple with paper towel to remove excess moister. Dip it into the melted almond bark, cover all the exposed apple flesh. Allow excess almond bark to drip off. Set the apple back on the baking sheet in the refrigerator. Repeat until all apple chucks are covered in almond bark.
In a small sauce pan, heat caramel bits and water over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until caramel is melted and smooth, about 3 minutes.
Place crushed M&M’s in a shallow dish next to melted caramel. Working with one apple chuck at a time, quickly dip the apple into the caramel. Allow the excess caramel to drip off. Press the sides of the apple into the crushed M&M’s and return to the baking sheet in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Store caramel apple pops in an airtight container. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes just before serving.