Friday, November 20, 2020

DIY Faux Caramel Apples

Fall Kitchen Decor

After seeing several pictures of artificial caramel apples online, I decided to try some for myself.
Here is how easy it was to do:


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Fall Kitchen Decor

For this project I used three faux apples from the dollar store, clear glue, acrylic paint, Mod Podge, wooden dowels and granola.

(You can click here to find many of these supplies at Dollar Tree)

Note:  I used real granola for my apples because that was all I had on hand at the time, but I generally don't recommend using actual food products as they don't hold up as well.  I haven't tried it yet but I've heard a lot of people suggest using cat liter or animal bedding in place of perishable items.  To be safe, I coated my granola with a thick layer of Mod Podge and so far it has been fine.

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Remove Stems

The first thing that I did was to pull out the stems from my apples.  These holes are where I later attached the wooden dowels.

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Next I mixed some acrylic paint with clear glue.  Since I was going to be sprinkling on granola, I wanted the paint to be really sticky and the glue did the trick.  Place your apples on a disposable surface and slowly pour your 'caramel' coating on top.  Go ahead and insert the wooden dowels now too, as the drying glue/ paint mixture will help to secure them in place.

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Add Nuts

Before sprinkling on the granola I used a kitchen hammer to mash it into fine pieces.  The smaller they are, the easier it will be for them to stay in place while they dry.  Once that was done I carefully transferred the apples onto a new set of dry plates.  A lot of my paint had puddled around the bottoms and I didn't want it adhering to the apples as it dried.

I let the paint dry overnight before adding a layer of Mod Podge to seal.

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And here they are!

After the apples turned out so well, I decided to do a couple of pears too.  This time I used a darker shade of paint and applied from the bottom up.  I love how they turned out!

And that's how easy it is to make your own faux fall fruit treats.


I hope you enjoyed this seasonal decor how-to post, thanks for stopping by!



  1. This is so clever! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

  2. Oh my !! These look so delicious. Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.

  3. Hello, I made mine by mixing Mod Podge with red liquid cherry flavored Koolaid drink mix ( might have been Great Value Brand ) After inserting stick I spooned the mix over the apple allowed most to drip off, then placed on parchment paper until cured. It has a very glossy, see through appearance just like the real thing. I did not add nuts as I didn't have corn cob litter available and never thought of granola.