LDS Object Lesson on Temptation: Caramel Onions

LDS Object Lesson on Temptation: Caramel Onions

This LDS object lesson on temptation is fun, yummy, and great for the fall season.

You’ll Need:

  • 11 oz. of caramels
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 4 apples
  • 1 onion
  • treat sticks (can also use popsicle sticks)
  • decorations (dipping chocolates, crushed cookies, candy corn, etc.)


  1. Heat the caramels and water over medium heat until melted through. Turn to low.
  2. Remove the stems of each apple and peel your onion. Rinse your apples off in hot water. This ensures the caramel coating will stick.
  3. Place a treat stick directly through the center of each apple and onion.
  4. Gently roll the apples and onion in the caramel.* Make sure to do the onion last!
  5. Decorate the apples and onion. It is a good idea to cover the onion with a lot of decorations so it is more hidden.

*You’ll want to coat the apples and onion entirely. It helps to use a wider saucepan so you can roll the apples and onion on their sides. You can also use a spoon to drip it over the very top, effectively hiding the onion among the apples.


Use the apples and onions to teach about the temptations of Satan. Many things in this world are good and we desire them. When we see a tray of beautiful caramel apples, our mouths start to water. We want to partake! Many things are indeed good and God wants us to enjoy them. However, Satan knows how to tempt us. He makes evil things look good and desirable. At first, we may not recognize why something is bad. However, once we partake, we realize that we’ve been deceived.

If you’d like, you can hand everyone a treat and have them bite into them one by one. If you don’t actually want to subject someone to eating the caramel onion, you can simply cut it open, as shown in the video. You can ask the group to explain any differences they see in the group of treats and see if they can spot the fake.

Talk afterward about what this object lesson teaches us about temptation.

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