Caramel Apple In A Jar

This Caramel Apple In A Jar was featured in the September 22, 2014 Woman’s World magazine!

Woman’s World is the #1 magazine on newsstands in the country with a circulation of close to 1.25 million, and a total readership of close to 7 million. If you found me in the magazine and this is your first time here, I want to thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to take a look around, get to know more about me, check out my other mason jar gifts and crafts and take the time to leave me a comment below!

Caramel Apple In A Jar

When my alarm went off yesterday morning (Monday), I was very annoyed and thought “Why is my alarm going off the weekend!” Then, it slowly dawned on me that it was actually Monday morning and I really did have to get up.  I am not a morning person and this back-to-school routine is hard! So, besides having to get up early, I am loving all things fall from apple pie to pumpkin spice lattes! We cool weather at night, yet it still warms up during the day which is perfect. Sunday was the first day of fall and that calls for a special treat. This caramel apple in a jar is perfect for fall! It can be given as a gift in a jar, but the best part is that that caramel apple can be made in the jar!

Caramel Apple Recipe

To assemble the jars, gather mini M&M’s, wrapped caramels, jars, baker’s twine, lollipop stick and small apples.

Update: I had a question about the size of the jar.  They are Kerr 8 oz jars. Even though I used small apples from my mom’s tree, I had to use the 8 oz wide mouth jar. It is the size of a 1 cup measuring cup. These are the ones I used: Kerr Half-Pint Wide Mouth

Mini M 'n Ms

Dump the mini M&M’s into the jar.

Caramel for Apples

Top with 12 wrapped caramels.

Gifts In A Jar

Add the lid, top with the apple and tie on some twine. Add a lollipop stick and cooking instructions, if desired.

How To Make Caramel Apples

To make the caramel apple in the jar, remove the mini M&M’s and place them in the lid. Unwrap the caramels and put them back into the jar. Add 1 teaspoon of water to the jar and put it in the microwave for 60 seconds at 50% power. Stir and microwave for another 15-30 seconds at 50% power and stir until smooth.  Be sure to watch very carefully. (Unfortunately, I know from experience that cooking it too long will cause the caramel to boil over and burn!) Put a lollipop stick into the washed and dried apple.

Caramel Apple In A Jar Recipe

Put the apple into the caramel in the jar. Use a knife to spread additional caramel over the entire apple.

Caramel Apple With M & M's

Dip and roll the caramel apple into the mini M&M’s.

Caramel Apple M&Ms

Fill in any empty places by adding M&M’s with your fingers. Gently press mini M&M’s into the caramel and set it on a piece of parchment paper.

Caramel Apple In A Mason Jar

These would be so fun to make for a fall party to give as party favors!

Caramel Apple In A Jar
  • 8 oz wide mouth mason jar
  • 12 wrapped caramels
  • ¼ cup mini M&M's
  • Small apple
  • Lollipop stick
  • 1 teaspoon water
  1. Remove mini M&M's and place them in the lid.
  2. Unwrap the caramels and place the in the mason jar.
  3. Add water and microwave for 60 seconds at 50% power.
  4. Stir and microwave for another 15-30 seconds at 50% power and stir until smooth. Be sure to watch very carefully.
  5. Insert stick into apple,
  6. Dip apple in the melted caramel using a knife to add caramel to the entire apple.
  7. Dip and roll the caramel apple into the mini M&M’s.
  8. Fill in any empty places by adding M&M’s with your fingers.
  9. Gently press mini M&M’s into the caramel and set it on a piece of parchment paper.

More Apple Desserts Recipes:

Caramel Apple Mousse Cake

Caramel Apple Mousse Cake

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Recipes

Cinnamon Buttermilk Caramel Syrup for Apples

Apple Bars Recipe

Apple Bars with Pecans

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  1. gail hadley says:

    I am having a Scentsy open house in Nov and I am most definitely making the apple cake!!!! Looks amazing!! Also work in a small private school, so I plan on making the caramel apple in a jar as gifts for the teachers!!!!! So simple and I love that u can make them right in the jar. Thanks for ur ideas I will b following ur page from now on!!!!!! God bless!!

  2. Such a fun idea and beautiful pictures! Congrats on being featured in a magazine!!

  3. I saw your lovely idea in the magazine and had to check your site. So many nice ideas/recipes–and thank you for sharing them, by the way! I plan to make the caramel apple treat but use crushed walnuts to give my girlfriends during our next monthly dinner. Now, maybe it’s because English is not my mother tongue, but I have to disagree with this comment you wrote: “Sunday was the first day of fall.” Actually, the first day of fall–at lease, officially–is next week, September 22nd…

    • Thanks Emilia! They are going to love them. I totally agree with your date. This post went live last year, on September 24, 2013! :)

      • That will teach me, lol! I should have realized. But since the magazine is knew I assumed you got your dates confused… Should have known better! :-)

  4. YUM these look delicious and the best part is how easy they are to make! Thanks for sharing this adorable packaging, definitely earned the Woman’s World recognition, congrats!

  5. Your blog is awesome! !!

  6. LOVE this idea, these would even be fun teacher gifts for back to school.

  7. This is ridiculously awesome, even I think I can manage it!

  8. Oh, Tonia! This is the most amazing things I think I’ve seen online all day! Yum!

  9. Hi Tonia,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of gifts in a jar! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  10. Christmas is coming up, so I’m giving this as a gift but can you please tell me how to rap the caramels?

  11. Best party favor!! Didn’t want another bag filled with just candy or plastic junk, which I must admit I tend to throw out those goodie bags. Just adorable!!!

  12. Super cute gift idea; love it!

  13. This is super smart and looks oh so yummy! BTW your photography can;t get any more amazing, Tonia!!!

  14. Love, love, love this idea!!! I’ve seen so many ideas for gifts in a jar but never a caramel apple. Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  15. Cuuuuuute! :) You always have the best ideas!

  16. Such an adorable idea. I love giving our teachers small gifts for Halloween…this would be so cute!!

  17. Hi Tonia,

    I stumbled across your site today and I am so glad I did. You have some wonderful ideas! I had a question about the jar size you note for this recipe. In the recipe you reference the Ball 8 oz jars. But they look like the Ball 4 oz jars. Could you please confirm? I plan to give these as thank you gifts to the guest of my daughter’s 13th Bday party. Great parting gift for any age birthday, don’t you think? Thanks again :)

  18. This is such a fun idea. If only I was having a party so I could do something like this. Hmmm? I might have to figure something out.

  19. Tonia, this is BRILLIANT! Really clever! Beautiful photography, too! Who wouldn’t want to receive one??

    I loved it so much, I linked to it on my blog (link in my name).

  20. Seriously the most clever idea ever! Where do you come up with this creativity?! :)

  21. How cute! What a great gift idea! Love it!

  22. Cindy Chandler says:

    If you don’t mind sharing or telling—where did you get the font used on the top picture “Caramel Apple In A Jar”? And/Or what’s the name of it. I love it. And the recipe don’t sound half bad either. Thanks for your wonderful blog.

  23. Anna Bennett says:

    Okay Tonia,you have got to have the Happiest family in the world, Not to mention very happy friends & neighbors.
    You are awesome.

  24. Yum!

  25. What a great idea! YOU are the queen of gifts in a jar!
    I’m so pinning it to the mason jar board :)

  26. Well now, this is just about the most genius idea I’ve ever seen! Love it Tonia!!

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