Trick or Treat? Faux Caramel Apple {craft}


Faux Caramel Apple Tutorial at

Decorating my home for the cool weather season often involves bringing in natural elements to add warmth to our rooms. Gourds, pumpkins, dried corn cobs, acorns and leaves all have an autumn feeling when I add them to our decor. Caramel apples are a fall classic, but too perishable to be used for decor.  So, this year I created a plate of faux caramel apples!  Perfect for a warm fall kitchen without worrying about spoiled food ruining the look.

So, today I have a caramel apple tutorial to share with you that has ZERO calories! 

That’s right! you read that correctly………..ZERO calories!  that’s because you don’t eat these little treats…..they are a trick!! get it?! Trick or Treat?  that’s what people will be asking when they see these beauties sitting on your counter or how cute for Halloween Party decor!

Faux Caramel Apples are really pretty easy to make.

What you’ll need:

Faux Caramel Apple Tutorial Supplies at


 Now that you have all your supplies, let’s get started making our faux caramel apples.

How to Make Faux Caramel Apples at

  1. Insert sticks into apples.  If you have a hard time, you could cut a small slit/hole with a steak knife, but mine went in just fine.
  2. In a small bowl or cup mix Mod Podge with paint, using wooden stick or plastic spoon to stir.  The amount of glue and paint  you will use depends on how many apples you make and how much you want to cover them.  I used about 1/3 of my bottle of Mod Podge and squeezed just a little paint in until I got the color I wanted. The glue mixture will dry darker, so keep that in mind. 
  3. Cut a piece of waxed paper large enough to set all of your apples on.  Place your apples on the waxed paper, and using a sponge brush or or spoon, pour the glue mixture over the apples and let it run down the sides.  I wanted to leave quite a bit of apple showing, but you can certainly cover them in more “caramel” if you wish.
  4. *optional*  I did not do this step, but if you would like your caramel apples to have nuts on them, you can sprinkle them with corn cob liter (look in WalMart by small pet supplies or pet store) while the glue mixture is still wet.  I could only find pretty large bags of corn cob litter , and since I only needed a very small amount, I just couldn’t bring myself to by a whole large bag to only use like 1/4 of a cup.
  5. Let apples sit over night to dry completely. (if you have a large pool of glue mixture under your apples, you may want to move them to a fresh piece of waxed paper while drying, so that pool doesn’t dry with your apple.
  6. After 24 hours spray with a glossy clear coat and tie a pretty ribbon on the stick and you’re done!

See how easy that was?  They look really cute on a plate with candy corn or you could bag them and put some cute tags on them.

Fake Caramel Apple Tutorial at


Wouldn’t they be cute for a Halloween party, you could use them at each place setting with each guest’s name card tied on to the stick!  Just be sure to let everyone know they are NOT real, because they really do look like a delicious Happy Apple!

So tell me, do you like caramel apples?  and if so with our without nuts?  My husband will only eat them with out nuts, and they are harder to find at the store, so we usually have to make at least one batch to eat each season.

Some REAL Caramel Apple Recipes you may enjoy:

Chocolate Caramel Apples

Vanilla Bourbon Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples with Vanilla Bean Sea Salt Caramel

Blue Candy Apples

Cotton Candy Apples


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

45 Responses to “Trick or Treat? Faux Caramel Apple {craft}”

  1. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on October 17, 2012 at 6:42 am (#

    too cute for words Cheryl! So creative

  2. Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom posted on October 17, 2012 at 6:46 am (#

    Ok, this is super cute. I want to do this. My problem…my twins are trying to take bites out of anything remotely looking like an apple (like a tomato, a red bell pepper…) so something that looks that good, well, it’s sure to cause a temper tantrum and little voices chanting “bapple, bapple”. So I’ll have to wait a little longer…

  3. Ellie Augustin posted on October 17, 2012 at 6:56 am (#

    That is so cute HMMM I think I need a stop at the craft store ASAP!

  4. sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more posted on October 17, 2012 at 7:01 am (#

    that is so fun, and I bet you will use them for years.

  5. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective posted on October 17, 2012 at 7:44 am (#

    How cute are these?!? They look so real, I bet one of my kids would try to take a bite. ;)

  6. Kristen posted on October 17, 2012 at 8:26 am (#

    Super cute!! I’m with Sommer… my 3 year old would try to eat them, I bet. They look good enough to eat, for sure!

  7. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife posted on October 17, 2012 at 8:36 am (#

    I love these, Cheryl!! I love caramel apples (real ones) haha, and these would be perfect for decorating!! I love how “real” these look!

  8. Maria posted on October 17, 2012 at 8:48 am (#

    How fun! I will have to try these!

  9. Kelly posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:01 am (#

    L-O-V-E it! Pure brilliance for decor or a ‘trick.’ Thanks so much for sharing the how-to!

  10. heather posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:05 am (#

    OH wow! Super cute!

  11. Amanda posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:25 am (#

    Well that is just brilliant!! What a great idea Cheryl!

  12. Lisa @hoopla palooza posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:31 am (#

    GAAAAHHHHH! L. O. <3. E. !

  13. Terri Betz posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:38 am (#

    You are brilliant! A decorators treat and a great trick! I have often wished to find fake candy apples to decorate with! These are awesome! Thanks for sharing your great idea! :)

  14. Toni | Boulder Locavore posted on October 17, 2012 at 10:00 am (#

    Holy mole Girl these look so real! What a cute idea, though I don’t think I could ever get over the idea I wouldn’t get my hands sticky by touching them they look so authentic. Really brilliant. Wish you lived next door; what a fun craft project!

  15. Jenny posted on October 17, 2012 at 10:22 am (#

    They turned out cute! I made some a few years ago and they have held up so well. They are one of my favorite Halloween decorations.

  16. Debra posted on October 17, 2012 at 10:30 am (#

    They fooled me! What a cool little Trick! lol BRAVO!

  17. Gina posted on October 17, 2012 at 10:32 am (#

    How adorable is that! Probably takes less time than making actual caramel apples too. :)

  18. marla posted on October 17, 2012 at 10:57 am (#

    LOVE this craft Cheryl!! So beautiful :)

  19. Carlas Confections posted on October 17, 2012 at 11:18 am (#

    Those are so cute! They look very real! Love it :D

  20. Party Patisserie (Debbie) posted on October 17, 2012 at 11:53 am (#

    Absolutely adorable and so realistic!

  21. Susan posted on October 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm (#

    These are soo STINKIN’ CUTE!! I LOVE it!!

  22. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on October 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm (#

    This is such a fun idea! Who knew that styrofoam apples and paint could make me so hungry?

  23. Auntiepatch posted on October 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm (#

    What a good idea! They look darling!

  24. Paula posted on October 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm (#

    I absolutely love this idea Cheryl and I’m delighted that I have most of the supplies on hand. Just need to run out tomorrow and get me some applies. I can’t wait to *fake-out* the grand-kids with these (just better have a real treat close by when they realize that they can’t eat these fabulous candy apples!)

  25. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on October 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm (#

    I was seriously ready to take a bite. Wow, they look so real!

  26. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on October 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm (#

    Those look good enough to eat, and I love the decor in the background of the pictures too!

  27. Jeanette posted on October 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm (#

    What a fun idea – they look so real, I’d have to make sure I didn’t take a bite!

  28. Ali | Gimme Some Oven posted on October 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm (#

    SO adorable, Cheryl!!! Love! :)

  29. Carolyn posted on October 18, 2012 at 4:21 am (#

    I would so be the person who walked into your house and tried to take a bite of those. They look so real to me!

  30. kim@madeinaday posted on October 18, 2012 at 8:27 am (#

    I love these! I wish I had thought of that! I would love to use it as a decoration~! You rock!

  31. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies posted on October 18, 2012 at 10:04 am (#

    Well, now that’s just mean! They look so delicious… and they’re fake! What a fun craft!

  32. Clare posted on October 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm (#

    This is a really great alternative to all of the scary stuff. My daughter who is just a little over two hates ghosts and the like. But she definitely won’t mind these cute apples. Thanks!

  33. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on October 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm (#

    Brilliant! I so adore these! My toddler would be licking them all day :) Perhaps I should wait till the kids are older?

  34. Sheryl posted on October 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm (#

    Love this! Thanks for sharing! Pinned! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  35. Sue {munchkin munchies} posted on October 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm (#

    How fun is this!?! Just have to make sure no one tries to take a bite~haha! Love the idea of using them at each place setting:)

  36. Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft posted on October 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm (#

    LOVE these, so creative and they totally look real! I’d love for you to link this project up to Do Something Crafty Friday:

  37. Lisa | With Style and Grace posted on October 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm (#

    If you hadn’t told me these were fake, I never would have known!

  38. Katie posted on October 22, 2012 at 8:10 am (#

    These are awesome! They look so real that I could totally see my kids picking one up and taking a bite! Thanks for the tutorial!

  39. aida mollenkamp posted on October 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm (#

    Such a fun craft! These are gorgeous!

  40. Adam posted on October 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm (#

    Gorgeous photo! I love the way the “caramel” is dripping down the apples. Simply beautiful!

  41. susan posted on October 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm (#

    what a fun idea, Cheryl! I am going to do this with my kids

  42. Russell van Kraayenburg posted on October 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm (#

    I wonder how many people have commented how delicious these look ; ). What a cute idea!


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