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My Little Pony, Star Wars, Jack Skellington Pumpkins & Caramel Apples

In years past, we’ve let the kids draw faces on our Halloween pumpkins and carved them. Cute, traditional, and most importantly: easy. This year, however, someone (me) got the bright idea that fancy would be fun.

Story asked for a My Little Pony pumpkin, so I scoured the net and the best option I found was THIS template. Rainbow Dash looked pretty easy, considering some of the totally incredible works of art I’ve seen online, so I printed it off and got to work, using one of those pumpkin carving kits you find everywhere (Target) this time of year. With some modifications to the pattern (like, the eyes), and a toothpick to hold one of the thinner lines in place, here’s the end result:

rainbow_dash_pumpkin

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

Up next was a Storm Trooper for Mason. Ryan carved this one, using the template that came in the carving kit (handy!):

Storm_Trooper_PumpkinMy choice was Jack Skellington, because obviously he’s the very coolest. I modified THIS template to create this:

jack_skellington_pumpkinThe same day, we made caramel apples. This project is so easy, and so yummy, I thought I’d share.

Easy Caramel Apples

What you need:

– approximately 100 little caramels (like these)
– 10 medium-sized apples
– 10 popsicle sticks
– candies to decorate your apples
– 2Tbs milk or cream
– wax paper-lined baking sheet

You can, of course, make caramel, but I took the slacker way out here.

We melted the caramels in the crockpot, on high, stirring until a smooth consistency (about ten minutes). I then turned the crockpot down to “warm” to keep the caramel the right consistency, but not burn it. You can melt them using a double-boiler, too, or in the microwave using short 30-sec bursts, stirring between each zap.

melted_caramelPush popsicle sticks into each apple.

apple_on_stickHave candies in dishes, ready to apply to the apples. The caramel sets fairly quickly, so once you’ve dipped the apple, you’ll want to immediately add the decorations.

Dip the apples into caramel, coating evenly. You can use a spoon to drizzle the caramel over the apple, if needed.

caramel_apple

 

Decorate the apple as soon as it’s coated and lay it on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Lay the sheet in your fridge to set the caramel. At room temperature, the caramel may melt slightly and slip off the apples.

Here are the ones Story made:

decorated_caramel_applesThey’re easiest to eat in slices (as opposed to trying to bit the apple while on the stick).

Happy Halloween, everyone!

 

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