This is a great project for kids. Once an adult has coated the apples, children can create faces.
1 (14 ounce) package (about 40-42) caramels, unwrapped
4-5 small apples
4-5 flat 4-inch wooden sticks
2 tablespoons water
Chopped or whole nuts
Put each decoration in a separate bowl or plate. Insert sticks into the bottom of the apples and set aside.
Place caramels and water in a large, glass measuring cup and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir with a rubber spatula. Heat for another 30 to 90 seconds, until melted. Stir until smooth.
Dip apples into the caramel. Use a rubber spatula to coat completely. While the caramel is still warm, dip the top of the apple in nuts, granola, etc., if desired. Turn Styrofoam cups upside down and push the wooden sticks through the bottom. Now you have both hands free to create your masterpiece! Make wacky faces using any and all available candies and whatnot.
Place the finished product on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze for 15 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate.