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Yesterday Jordan and I had a girls day at the mall. We picked out her “first day of school” outfit.

I am still having a hard time with the fact that one, there is less than two weeks of summer left, and two, I’m going to have a second grader.

SECOND grade. Which we all know is, like, three days from High School. {By the way she already acts, I think we may be even closer than that.}

She’s seven and a half. Which is almost eight. Which is almost a Tween. And after that is Teen, when she will refuse to talk to me and her only “words” will be eye rolls.

Hello, Father Time? Will you slow the heck down please? Thanksmuch.

I figure I only have a few more years of “cutesy things” left. Things like showing her a dress at Old Navy that has a zebra on it and her grabbing it from me and insisting I buy it. Or holding my hand in a parking lot. Or allowing me to make cute back-to-school gifts to give her teacher.

{You know, before she’s too cool to do those things and I have to do them behind her back or threaten that I won’t think she loves me anymore if she won’t hold my hand.}

So I figured I best get as much in as possible, before it all goes away. I bought her the zebra dress. And then I made apples for her teachers.

Mini pretzels on a white cloth

I must say, these apples gave me a pain in my head. I love the way they ended up. But they were not what I originally envisioned. The idea for the red pretzels came from Party Pinching. But you know me. I have to do MORE. I can’t be happy with just some cute red pretzels that look like apples.

The “MORE” ended up with two failed recipes and a second batch of pretzels.

But I’m happy with these. They’re good.

And make me want Fall.

Pretzels dipped in caramel. Dipped in red candy melts. Topped with a green “stem.”

Perfect for back-to-school.

Caramel apple pretzels in a clear glass bowl with title

They’re small. So if your kid is past “cute,” just hide them in his supply box. He’ll never know.

Are you excited for back to school?

Caramel apple pretzels with title

Caramel Apple Pretzels

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  • 28 small twisted pretzels
  • 1/2 bag red candy melts
  • Green pliable candy such as Airheads
  • 1 cup caramel bits you could also use square caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


  • Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Set aside.
  • Cut green Airhead in small strips, roll in to a thin rope, and then cut again in small sections to create apple stems.
  • Line a cookie sheet with a silpat/roul’pat or parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray. (I used wax paper and they stuck bad! When I switched to my roul’pat I had no problems.)
  • Melt caramel and heavy cream together in microwave on 30 second intervals, for about 1 minutes, stirring in between. Stir until smooth. Dip pretzels in caramel, tapping off excess. Place on prepared cookie sheet and freeze until hardened about 10 minutes.
  • Preheat an electric griddle over very low heat (about 200 degrees). Top with a folded kitchen towel. (I do this to keep my melts warm so I don't have to keep reheating them. You can skip this step.) Melt candy melts according to package directions, and place bowl on warm griddle to keep it from hardening. Dip pretzels in candy, tapping off excess. Place on cookie sheet. Place a stem on half of the dipped pretzels, to resemble apples. Chill until hardened.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Last Updated on May 20, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Why do our kids insist on growing up so fast??? I agree time needs to stand still!!! I love the cute apple pretzels…and caramel in them…YUM!!!

  2. Ahhh my daughter starts kindergarten in two weeks, I don’t even want to think about 2nd grade! These little apples are too cute. Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday!

  3. These are so cute – very clever! I am pinning them!

    I would love if you would submit it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any of your creative project!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative