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Last week as I was browsing the produce department at the grocery store I stumbled upon the most adorable miniature apples! I love taking my time and looking at all the different fruits and veggies, allowing my mind to wander. When I have the time to do this, creations are born. And these tiny apples became a great inspiration. I absolutely love trial size items. Not sure why but I have since I was a child. I still laugh when I reflect back to a found memory when I received a gift from my parents. I gently opened the present and when I removed the tissue paper there were all sorts of tiny trial sized bottles; shampoos, lotions, q-tips, etc. I was sooo excited. I ooo’d and aaah’d over each bottle. Holding them up one at a time so all could see them. As I was about 3/4 of the way through my mom ran out of patience…”Would you just lift up the bottom piece of tissue paper!” Gosh, her reaction startled me, I was enjoying my tiny bottles! So, I removed the tissue and there was a plane ticket to go visit my best friend, Angie, who had recently moved to another state. I was overjoyed of course but I still laugh as to how enthralled I was just to get trial sized bottles.
So that brings me back to the itsy-bitsy apples that I found in the produce section. They were sweet crab apples. Instantly, I knew I wanted to make miniature caramel apples! That evening I made the delicious caramel and assembled my sweet tiny treats. The next day I took them to the store to share with everyone. As I passed them out I explained that since they were apples, they did in fact have seeds in them. Everyone just looked at me, “Like Duh!” So, I finally stopped telling people that. It was then that someone took a huge bite and ended up with apple seeds in their mouth. “Why didn’t you tell me there were seeds in them?” haha For pete’s sake, I can’t win sometimes. :)
Anyway, they turned out scrumptious. You will have to keep them stored in the fridge until you are ready to serve them though. the caramel will soften and sag a little. Enjoy!
Yields 1 1/2 cups
Updated the photos 10/2013. Original posting was 2010.