Meet the Bloomin’ Apple

October 29, 2014   16 Comments

I am always on the hunt for a new way to enjoy apples. This caramel apple inspired treat is pure genius.

Bloomin' Apple

My kids have been begging me to buy the caramel dipping sauce so we can make our own caramel apples. After a quick review of our dentist bills, I decided to ignore their requests. Ask any dentist about caramel, and they will tell you it is evil because kids don’t brush properly (even if you stand there and yell at them).

This recipe (if you can call it that) is inspired by the Bloomin’ Onion of Outback Steakhouse fame. They take an onion, batter it, and deep-fry it into one of the worst appetizers on record.

This apple, on the other hand, is made with one caramel, half an apple, and a microwave. Viola!

The photo above is BEFORE you use the microwave to melt it. Then it looks a lot less pretty but tastes great.

My caramel was a sea salt version that somehow made its way into my cart at Trader Joe’s. I blame the wind.

After you make it, you pull it apart and eat the apple slices that have melted caramel on them. This is easy, relatively healthy, and FUN.

Do you have a favorite apple/caramel recipe?

Bloomin’ Apple Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

Makes 2 servings

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1 apple
2 caramels


Remove stem from apple. Slice apple in half across the center (not lengthwise) so you have the top and the bottom divided.

Core out the seeds (which look like a lovely flower) with a spoon. Slice the apple without slicing all the way through in wedges about 8-10 times so you can pull off a slice fairly easily.

Add caramel to center and heat in microwave for 20 second intervals until caramel is melted. Do not eat immediately! Wait about five minutes until the caramel has cooled and hardened.

Can be stored, after spritzing with some lemon juice, in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

For ½ apple and one caramel = 86 calories, 0.8 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 20.3 g carbohydrates, 16.0 g sugar, 0.5 g protein, 2.2 g fiber, 25 mg sodium, 1 Freestyle SmartPt

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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You are amazing! What a great idea for enjoying a low-cal caramel apple! And so easy!

Thank you...Your morning emails are a great way to start my day!

Thank you for this fun idea. I love all things caramel, especially apples!

What a cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing this one. A nice treat too!!

Oh! That looks delicious!!!! I was looking for a dessert to have that won't absolutely ruin my workout (as I am likely to do at the end of the day.)

I got almost this exact recipe this last week from another website - it had brown sugar and cinnamon on top but otherwise the same....I know the sugar could be left off but maybe I'll cut the sugar in half, keep the cinnamon, it was just really good that way. Also - the recipe I have recommended first cutting two circles around the apple in the top, before making the slices down the side, makes it almost fall open when it's baked. Anyway, it was exciting to see someone else with the same recipe.

Looks so good. My only complaint is that we couldn't see the finished product with this melted goodness on top.

Can I buy dairy free caramels anywhere?

Neat idea, Lisa. (I try to stay away from refined sugar, but if I'm ever forced to make caramel apples, I'll definitely try this route first!)

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I like the way you think :) This is amazing and easy...two of my favorite things!

will definitely try this, but will probably use caramel sundae topping instead. If I use the topping I will probably microwave the apple a bit before adding topping.

This is a cute idea. I love the blooming apple! The change I'd make is nix the candy and make it with butter, cinnamon and coconut palm sugar and bake it til it blooms. Can't wait to try this.

I pointed this out with my WW calculator and it comes out to 2 Points Plus for the serving size indicated.

That is just too dang cute! What great treat.

Tried this once before (pre- weight watchers ~ ha) and it was sooo good! However, my Points+ calculator using the nutritional facts provided shows a 1/2 apple with one caramel is 2 points ... and the whole dang apple (which is what I'd want to eat) is 5pts. :(

5 Kraft caramels are 160 calories....barely 4 points.I dont know why people think its more. I am an old-time Weightwatcher. This is a delicios and I love your book as well. Thanks for being such a huge source of help.

What variety of apples do you use for your Bloomin' Apple? Some apples have more water content - just wondering what your family prefers.

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