Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Caramel Apples 101

The kids wanted to make caramel apples the other day. Oh wait, excuse me...I meant "camel apples". That's what they called them and everytime I said "caramel apples", they corrected by rolling their eyes and saying "Mom, it's 'camel apples', say it right'". Once I agreed to refer to the apples as "camel apples", we began our project.

So here are my instructions for making "camel apples"....

Take 2 anxious, excited 4 yr olds and sit them at the kitchen table. Get 2 small apples (to save yourself a huge migraine, make sure beyond a doubt that the apples are the SAME EXACT size or a battle will ensue), the caramel coating, some sprinkles and chocolate chips, a plate and gobs and gobs of paper towels. Also put a popsicle stick in the bottom of each apple (whatever you do, make sure the top of the popsicle stick is NOT sticking out through the top of the apple or you will hear plenty of whining).


Take the caramel coating and wrap it around the apple. If it doesn't cover the entire apple, just stretch the caramel to make it fit. It will stretch, even though the 4 yr olds will insist that it won't stretch, that it will break and the whole world will come to a screaching halt right at that very moment.




Pour your chocolate chips and sprinkles onto a plate and sprinkle them onto the apple, in the hopes that they will stick. If they don't stick, feel free to just roll the apple in the chips and sprinkles. If they still don't stick, it's okay.....but do not let the 4 yr olds talk you into allowing them to pour Elmer's Glue on the apple to get the chips and sprinkles to stick. They will beg, they will plead, they'll promise they'll clean their room every single day....DO NOT FALL FOR IT. Convince them that pouring glue on a caramel apple is a very bad idea because the glue will ruin their taste buds and then there won't be any point in going trick-or-treating on Halloween since they will never be able to taste candy again (make sure to add that they will, however, still be able to taste fruits and veggies).




Once the apples are decorated to satisfaction (the satisfaction of the 4 yr olds, not your own satisfaction...that's very important to remember), have them give cheers to one another. They'll groan and roll their eyes but somehow they need to be convinced that this is a very important moment that must be captured forever in a photo.


Then give permission to the hungry, drooling 4 yr olds to eat their apples. And giggle as quietly as you can as one 4 yr old takes her eyes off her apple for a couple minutes too long and you see a 19-month old toddler coming up behind her with his hand outstretched, ready to snatch the apple out of her hand.


As soon as the 19-month old toddler realizes that his sister is quicker than her thinks, he'll head over to the other 4-yr old, with the false hopes that he might be able to grab the other apple. Little does he know that his 19-month old twin has already got his eye on the prize and has no intention of sharing.


Note: the 19-month old toddlers will get tired of simply standing around and hoping the 4-yr olds will share with them. They will revolt...and formulate a plan of attack....as they climb onto the kitchen table.....


The 19-month olds will swoop down on the plate of chocolate chips and sprinkles as if they were starving vultures in a barren desert, who have just discovered a fresh kill laying on the side of the road.


Finally, realize that this is the kind of moment you want to treasure, even though the toddlers are sitting on the table, one 4-yr old is standing up in his chair, and the other 4-yr old is about to freak out because the caramel is peeling off her apple. Enjoy the giggles, the laughter, the shrieks of excitement while you can because this is a memory in the making. And, whatever you do, DO NOT LOOK DOWN AT THE FLOOR UNDER THE TABLE! You will not like what you see, especially if you had just swept your kitchen floor for the 5th time already that day.

15 comments:

Elizabeth Channel said...

I love the glue threat. Similar to the felony/police threats I hit my 6 and 8-year-olds with. Edward actually sobbed openly for 30 minutes yesterday because he tore off a mattress tag that read "Do not remove under penalty of law."

I actually used to sprinkle sugar sprinkles on a relatively clean kitchen floor so my 1 and 2-year-old boys (at the time)could occupy themselves safely while I made phone calls and the like...

Hajar said...

Aw-w-w-w, what adorable chaos!

Michele S said...

I'm just sitting here baffled that caramel comes in sheets and you wrap it around the apple. That's crazy talk.

Your house is like a mini version of my house. I'm going to go read a vacation blog now while you clean up all those sprinkles. :)

Cant Hardly Wait said...

Your kids are so friggin cute I can barely stand it. I don't have patience for caramel apples. Or camel apples.

Christine said...

I love this thread and you are soooo brave. I never do carmel apples with my four. I make them carmel dip with cream cheese and brown sugar. So far this has appeased my girls who rarely get to eat things that are not very healthy. (I am soo mean) After reading this I may have to get the girls stuff to make carmel apples after all Jessica is 3 years from leaving home and I have not taught her to make these yummy treats. hehe

ParentingPink said...

Those camel apples look yummy! They did a super job!

MAMA CEO said...

How fun! This is such a fun time of the year! Last year, some mommies and I went to a local orchard and picked our apples first with the intent of coming home to make "camel" apples...to say the least, we only got home with one apple because we all ate them on the way home! It was one AWESOME "camel" apple though!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I would never have the patience to do that. They are so cute!

twinmama said...

That is awesome! I love the post & pictures. That is definitely a memory captured forever. I was wondering, "What are the little twins doing?" The ravenous vultures are hilarious. Cole & Bella did a good job making their "camel" apples. Way impressed!

Woman in Training said...

What fun! I used to love doing that when I was a kid. Your children will always remember this. I love the picture where they are "clinking" their apples like a toast.

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Kim said...

Okay, if you can do this with four then surely I can do this with my two, right? RIGHT?! Yes, we can do this!

Doré said...

What a great memory!! You are such a good story teller and I love the little bits you add in to make it even more personal!

Your kids are adorable!!

mrsbear said...

Thanks for the tips. I love me some camel on my green apples. lol. I so understand the dirty floor drama, especially when we're baking something as a family. You captured a great moment. Love the tots crawling on the table.

Nina said...

That was to cute! I loved the voltures attacking. I can just here the begging to use glue and the cries over the apple sizes.
Even with all that it looked like a priceless moment.

MommaWannabe said...

Ohh wow that looks fun. Thy really had a great time. I need to do these also when I get kids.

I agree with Dore ,this would be a great moment to remember and also that all your kids are just ADORABLE!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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