Press down gently on the apple to slightly flatten the bottom. This will prevent them from rolling when you dip them. Then, using a sharp object, poke a hold in the top so you can insert a pretzel stick. Here I am using a (clean) meat thermometer.
Carefully insert a pretzel stick into the apple bites. I chose to use pretzels so that the entire item was edible. (Thus preventing sticky toothpicks or popsicle sticks from being left around the house kids.)
Roll the cut area of the apple in powdered sugar, set aside.
- If you're going to leave your caramel or candy apple bites out for several hours, you can prevent the pretzels from getting soft (the end stuck in the apple!) dipping the tips in melted chocolate before inserting them into the apples.
- To prevent premature browning of apples, dip them in pineapple juice. I didn't find browning to be an issue when using granny smith apples. This increase in juice will make it difficult to get the candy to stick!
- Dip them in various colored sprinkles or colored sugar
- If you use more than a couple of TEASPOONS of milk, the caramel will NOT set and WILL weep.
- Lightly dusting your serving plate with confectioners sugar (use a sifter, it works great!) will prevent the bottoms from sticking to plate.
- Alternatively, you can use mini candy foils as I did in the photos above. They are available in the baking aisle of your favorite grocery store.