Homemade Caramel Apple Pops

Mar 23 2012
Homemade Caramel Apple Pops
Easy



Remember these bad babies? I use to work at the snack shack at the tennis and swim center in high school and these would sell like crazy in the summer time. I swear, for every dozen I sold I ate at least two. I was looking at old pictures the other day when these suckers popped into my head and I thought to myself, I should go buy a box at Smart & Final!  Then it occured to me what such an outing like this might entail. Sure, Smart & Final is only a mere three miles from the house, but this would mean changing out of my super warm, super comfy pajamas. And then I would have to actually put make-up on. Not to mention get both kids dressed and out of their super comfy pajamas. Then we would all have to get out of the car. If I were alone this would be a two minute shopping trip, but with a three year-old this simple outing turns into a 30 minute excursion and a "no you cant have that" cry-fest. And then back home we'd go to put everyone back into their pajamas. Heaven forbid I actually wear a normal outfit at home. I mean my jeans are seriously unbuttoned within seconds of  opening that garage door. So after much consideration, I peeked into my pantry and found some good ole' Jolly Ranchers.

...... and the homemade caramel apple pop was born.
 




What you need: Green apple Jolly Ranchers, a Silpat, caramels, candy sticks.

Place unwrapped Jolly Ranchers in groupings of three on a Silpat. You could probably use parchment paper if you don't have a Silpat. I didn't try this, so you'll have to test it out. 




If you line the Jolly Ranchers up in a row it will melt into a long oval. If you position them this way it creates more of a circle lollipop.

Place the Jolly Ranchers like this on your Silpat (only cook 4 clusters on a sheet so there is enough space to put the candy stick in when they come out). Cook them for 4 1/2 minutes on 350 degrees. Watch them carefully because between 4 and 5 minutes they will be completely melted and flatten out. They might take longer depending on your oven so It's a good idea to test one alone on a sheet before you do a bunch. They will start to bubble up on the edges when they flatten out. As soon as this happens pull your baking sheet  out of the oven and place your candy stick at the bottom of the melted Jolly Rancher. I twisted my stick so it coated it and was more secure to the jolly rancher. You have to do this immediately though. Leave the baking sheet on the counter. The sucker should harden in about 5 minutes, then remove and place on another Silpat lined tray. 



Combine one bag of the individual caramels with one teaspoon of water and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until caramel is completely melted. Let cool for 60 seconds then dip your suckers into the caramel. 

TIP: You need to do this fast and put the caramel dipped suckers back onto the Silpat immediately or else the warmth of the caramel will melt the sucker and make it bend in half.



Let everything cool in the fridge for one hour and you're good to go!





Picture above is for all you Pinterest Pinners : ) 
 

Homemade Caramel Apple Pops


Ingredients
Green Jolly Ranchers
One bag of caramels
1 teaspoon water
Candy sticks

Directions
1. Place the Jolly Ranchers (see picture above) like this on your Silpat (only place 4 clusters on a sheet so there is enough space to place the stick in when they come out). Cook them for 4 1/2 minutes at 350 degrees. Watch them carefully because between 4 and 5 minutes they will be completely melted and flatten out. Depending on your oven they make take longer so it's a good idea to test one alone on a sheet before you do a bunch.

2. The Jolly Ranchers will start to bubble up on the edges when they flatten out. As soon as this happens pull your baking sheet  out of the oven and place your candy stick at the bottom of the melted jolly rancher. I twisted my stick so it coated it and was more secure to the Jolly Rancher. You have to do this immediately though. Leave the baking sheet on the counter. The sucker should harden in about 5 minutes, then remove and place on another silpat lined tray. 

3. Combine one bag of the individual caramels with one teaspoon of water and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until caramel is completely melted. Let cool for 60 seconds then dip your suckers into the caramel. TIP: You need to do this fast and put the caramel dipped suckers back onto the silpat immediately or else the warmth of the caramel will melt the sucker and make it bend in half.

4. Let everything cool in the fridge for one hour and you're good to go!

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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shelly said:
22 November, 2012 - 18:12
Has anyone tried different flavors of suckers?
JessieJane said:
22 November, 2012 - 20:20
Yes! I have another tutorial on here with all different flavors. They are very pretty and yummy! : )
Denise said:
14 October, 2012 - 16:06
I have employees that would love these. I'm going to try it out on them.
QueenKristi said:
11 October, 2012 - 17:00
I totally made these completely in the microwave! I put three candies on parchement paper and nuked them for 10 seconds. Rotated and nuked for another 10 seconds. The candy didn't melt evenly, but I pushed and lifted the parchement around, put the stick in and let them cool. They settled out mostly round, and then I dipped them in the caramel.
Shelley said:
11 October, 2012 - 16:42
I was looking to do caramel apples but love this instead! I will do them with some crushed nuts and other toppings! Thanks!
kalena said:
6 October, 2012 - 21:28
I did these tonight. I think they are better than the original! Also did them with cherry jolly ranchers too. Seemed to be a success as well.
JessieJane said:
22 November, 2012 - 19:02
Yay! So glad you liked them : )
Toni said:
19 July, 2012 - 00:35
You can use parchment paper and they won't stick!
JessieJane said:
19 July, 2012 - 00:38
Awesome! I am adding that to the notes. Thank you : )
Anonymous said:
4 May, 2012 - 23:42
WOW. These look amazing. I totally remember these.
HillaryB. said:
4 May, 2012 - 23:41
Hahahaha. Too funny. These are so neat. I am going to make 'em!
Alisha said:
4 May, 2012 - 23:08
DO NOT USE WAX PAPER! It will stick to the candy and it will not come off. If you want to make these you will have to buy the $20 Silpat.
Anonymous said:
20 September, 2012 - 22:37
Wax paper and parchment paper aren't the same thing. You don't need to buy a $20 silpad, just make sure to use parchment.
Sherry said:
23 March, 2012 - 23:54
I love these lollipops!!! I am totally making these. Thanks!
Susan said:
23 March, 2012 - 23:53
This is so clever. You have really great ideas. Glad I found your blog! : )
JanetP. said:
23 March, 2012 - 23:53
OMG!!!!! Love this.