Poisoned Caramel Apple Bites

by Jennifer on May 29, 2012

in Awesome Treats, Fall Desserts, Other Desserts, Snow White Desserts

Ah, the poisoned apple.

The downfall of the naive, beautiful maidens of the world. Well, Snow White does end up with a prince for her troubles, plus a bonus “happily ever after.” Can’t beat that.

I wanted to make my own poisonous apples, without the lethal poison part. So, how about apples “poisoned” with vanilla vodka instead? Less dangerous, unless you eat tons of them and attempt to operate heavy machinery. Just say no to poisoned apples. What – they didn’t warn you about poisoned apples in D.A.R.E?

Anyway, I made them heart-shaped and then dipped them into red caramel for a truly striking look.

Poisoned Caramel Apple Bites

Adapted from Fro and a Fork

Important: Enjoy these the same day you make them! Without the skin, the caramel will eventually separate from the apple. 

  • Apples (I used granny smith)
  • Vanilla vodka, or your alcohol of choice (about 2 ounces per apple)
  • Chewy caramel candy
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Cookie cutter of your choice or melon baller
  • Toothpicks

1. Make the apple bites. You can use a melon baller to make dome-shaped bites or use a cookie cutter to add some pizazz. I cut the apple in slices and cut out the heart shape with small cookie cutter, like this:

I would have used a smaller cutter if I had one, so keep that in mind! Using this method, I got 3-4 large-ish hearts per apple.

2. Place all of the apple bites in a shallow bowl. Pour in the vodka. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour. Once the apples are properly… intoxicated, remove from the fridge and dry with paper towels. You need the outside to be as dry as possible for the caramel to adhere properly.

3. Place several caramel candies in a pot with a little heavy whipping cream (amounts depend on how many bites you are making – I would estimate that you will need 2-3 caramels per bite of my size for proper coverage). Melt caramels over low to medium-low heat. Add heavy whipping cream as needed to achieve a smooth consistency thin enough to cover the bites.  Once the caramel is melted, remove from heat and add red food coloring to achieve desired shade.

4. Skewer each apple bite with a toothpick and dip it into the caramel until well-covered. Put on a serving plate and give them to an unsuspecting fair maiden!

Find more Snow White inspired treats here.


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1 Katie May 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

These are super cool. And creepy. Good job.


2 Jennifer May 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Thanks, Katie! :)


3 Carrie's Creations May 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

these are AWESOME!


4 Jennifer May 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Thank you, Carrie!


5 Sara May 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Love it and can’t wait to try it! Super cute and bit creepy…perfect combination! I think I’m going to try it with my favorite hard cider though, to keep the apple theme going. :)


6 Jennifer May 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Great idea, Sara! Hard cider would be perfect :)


7 Rob June 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Those look delicious. Much more tempting than the apple that poisoned Snow White. And … vodka …. I’ll take that poison any day!


8 Jennifer June 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Glad you like them, Rob! :)


9 Virginia Kahler-Anderson, aka HomeRearedChef October 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I am so very glad that Genie Grato Featured your post, or I would not have learned the secret to your poisened recipe. Thank you! :)


10 Jennifer October 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Thanks so much for stopping by, Virginia! :) Glad you found your way to my little, ‘ol blog!


11 Phyllis October 28, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Might I suggest using this season’s new offering, Fireball Whiskey, instead of vanilla vodka? I only suggest this because Fireball Whiskey is awesome mixed with apple cider and a little ginger ale and I think the apple slices soaked in it and then coated with caramel would taste amazing!


12 Jennifer October 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm

That sounds like an awesome idea, Phyllis! :)


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