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It’s so hard not to get sucked into all of the amazing treats that this Halloween season has to offer.  But there is a way that you can still indulge without all of the guilt.  Bite-sized desserts and candies are the easiest way to enjoy what you love, by cutting the portion down by over half.  And truthfully, as good as a huge apple dripping with caramel tends to be, I am always satisfied after one or two bites.  Add in how easy these mini-caramel apples are to make and these will be a hit with your kids, at school functions and as a hostess gift for the next costume party you attend.

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The key is using a melon ball scooper.  I tried this the first time with a mini ice cream scoop because I had one on-hand, but the results were definitely not what I was looking for.  The apple kept breaking and it came out too large, and flat all over.  So, I ran to the grocery store to grab the melon baller that I thought was hiding in the back of my kitchen supply drawer.  And it made all the difference.  I was able to make 20 bite-sized pieces with only two large organic Honeycrisp apples.  Which leads me to the other key: make sure to use great quality, organic apples, with no bruises, and make sure they are washed and dried well before beginning.

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Make as many pretty little apple rounds as desired, one scoop at a time.  Place the mini apples on a wax-paper covered baking sheet.  Insert lollipop sticks into the center of the balls.  I cut standard lollipop sticks in half here.

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Holding the lollipop stick, swirl the apple in melted dark chocolate until all of the fruit is covered.  I melted the chocolate in a double broiler on the stove-top.  Place the chocolate covered apples on the wax-covered baking sheet and place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

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Remove from the fridge and dip the coated apples in caramel sauce.  I used store-bought Kraft caramels and melted them with heavy whipping cream in a saucepan over medium heat.  Roll edges in sprinkles, chopped nuts or other toppings immediately, then place back in the fridge to set.

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Serve just after setting or store them in a covered or air-tight container in the fridge for a few days.

Happy Halloween!

xo gina