being MVP: How to Make Mini Caramel Apples + #SweetSwaps Twitter Party with Prizes

How to Make Mini Caramel Apples + #SweetSwaps Twitter Party with Prizes

Disclosure: This post is part of the SPLENDA® Brand Sweet Life Blogger Program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

I love sweets. However, as I have gotten older, it's time to dial it down a notch because I've become a wee bit more aware of the actual ingredients and sugar intake. Now that the kids have gotten older, I have more time to bake and "cook" delicious treats. One thing the kids and I enjoy when we go to amusement parks are the huge decadent caramel apples. I wanted to create these on a smaller scale with reduced sugar so that they are snack and/or party perfect.


Ingredients:
  • Small Granny Smith Apples
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
  • Crushed Graham Crackers

Directions:

1.  Thoroughly wash the apples and pat dry. Put a candy stick into each ball. Set aside.

2.  Combine butter, milk, corn syrup and SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend in a small saucepan.

**Did you know a half cup of SPLENDA® Sugar Blend or Brown Sugar Blend replaces a full cup of sugar, so it provides only half the calories and carbohydrates of full sugar?**


Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend dissolves. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; whisk on a slow boil for 5 minutes. 

3.  Dip each apple ball into the caramel until fully covered. Gently roll the bottom 1/3-2/3 of the apple ball in the crushed graham crackers. Place on parchment paper to completely set. Enjoy!


For the new season, I have started to clean out the kitchen pantry and cabinets. It was really surprising to find expired foods from over a year ago! We are really wasteful when it comes to food so I would like to try to keep the shelves organized to be more aware and buy only things that we will consume timely. 

How often do you clean/organize your pantry?

Along with this cleanse of sorts, I want to swap out recipes with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products to reduce the full sugar and calories. It's a smart decision for my family since I have been on a baking kick! 

Did you know that by swapping one cup of sugar with one cup of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated, you can save more than 600 calories? Chat about seasonal sweetswaps.com recipes and get tips to help you make smart, balanced decisions as part of your lifestyle at the twitter party on March 31! 


SPLENDA® Brand Sweet Life Spring #SweetSwaps Twitter Party

What: Celebrate spring by renewing and refreshing all aspects of life – including your recipe repertoire. We’ll be sharing seasonal recipes from The SPLENDA® SWEET SWAPS™ page along with some tips to help you make smart, balanced decisions as part of your lifestyle. SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener enables people to experience the joy of sugar without all of the calories. 

When: Tuesday, March 31 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Follow the #SweetSwaps hashtag on Twitter to track the conversation. 

You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhood  

Hashtag: #SweetSwaps

Prizes: We will be giving away five prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card, an assortment of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and a SPLENDA® branded apron and bag. Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. 

Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann


39 comments:

  1. I can't wait to try to make these Mini Caramel Apples. They are perfect for my son's class!

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  2. I love those SO much! Caramel apples are one of my favorite treats!!

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  3. I love caramel apples but avoid for the high calories. i need to try your recipe!!

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  4. Those looks great! Caramel apples are delicious, but the caramel is super high calorie. This looks like a great option.

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  5. Oh those caramel apples look so delicious! And I love the lower sugar option! That is something my kids would love to try out!

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  6. Those look awesome! I love the idea of using crushed graham crackers. Yum!

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  7. I love caramel apples, and was planning on making some chocolate ones. These sound delish and much lighter!

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  8. These look so good! I cannot wait for Fall and apple picked top try them out!

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  9. I've never made mini caramel apples but I bet those are a lot easier to dip since they weigh much less than an average apple. Thanks for the recipe!

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  10. OH I love caramel apples. There is just something about them that is so yummy. Thanks for the info on the Twitter party

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  11. Oh these are so fun! I'd love to make these for the next family party!

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  12. Oh, these look delicious! I use Splenda for everything.

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  13. I love the idea of using smaller apples. I absolutely never finish a caramel apple because they are so big and loaded with tons of sweetness.

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  14. These look delicious! I bet they would make for a great party food!

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  15. I use to absolutely love caramel apples growing up they were always my favorite. I'll definitely be making these soon, thanks!

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  16. The hubby loves caremal apples. Would be a great party food.

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  17. I have never had a caramel apple before! I had no idea that these were so easy to make sounds great!

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  18. Those looks amazing! I love that this recipe is lower in sugar! My kids would love to have one for a sweet treat.

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  19. Yummy. I like caramel apples. Fun to do with kids.

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  20. Yum! Caramel and apples... such a delicious combination!

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  21. These are super cute! Great idea, dialing back the sugar and calories in your treats.

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  22. my nieces & nephews would love these.

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  23. These apples look really good. I have never seen them with graham crackers.

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  24. These apples look really good. I have never seen them with graham crackers.

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  25. These look so tasty! I bet my son would love them.

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  26. Oh wow! These look so delicious! I haven't had a caramel apple in forever!

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  27. These Mini Caramel Apples look so delicious and I am going to try to make these! I know my nephew and niece would have fun making this recipe with me.

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  28. These look great and I didn't know that they had a brown sugar.

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  29. These look great and I didn't know that they had a brown sugar.

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  30. These look great and I didn't know that they had a brown sugar.

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  31. I had no idea that Splenda had a brown sugar blend! These smaller caramel apples sound good too!

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  32. this sounds lie fun making --you cam make me some and fed-ex them to me--hehe

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  33. This is awesome! Love the graham cracker on the bottom...and you have them displayed and presented so nicely. I like it!

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  34. Super cute! I love that these are mini, a whole caramel apple is usually too big!

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  35. These would be great for a Halloween party too!

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  36. OH my!! These are just the cutest!! My most favorite treat ever!! I think my son is having a Halloween themed party this year and these will be perfect!!

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  37. Amazing I would have never thought I could make caramel apples with Splenda - oooh I must try this!

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  38. I watch my sugar too but I still bake for others and encouraged them to decrease their sugar intake. I used to instruct diabetics on their diet so I can appreciate any of these low/reduced sugar recipes.

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