Caramel Apples


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It’s that time again! Time for all things sweet and spooky…like Caramel Apples! They are perfect if you’re hosting a Halloween bash or a stay-at-home party with the fam. Made with just 3 ingredients, why buy them when you can make them (and fun, family memories) at home!

There is just something about the combination of caramel and apples we can’t resist, like this delicious caramel apple dip or perfectly dippable bite-sized caramel apples. This super easy holiday dessert will become a family tradition in no time!

Close up of caramel apples with assorted toppings on a tray.

How to Make Caramel Apples

These are an easy sweet treat that is so fun to make. Just dip apples in homemade caramel sauce and roll in your favorite toppings (optional).

  1. Apples: Prepare the apples by removing the stems, washing in vinegar water (to remove the wax), and popping in the freezer to chill them before dipping.
  2. Caramel Sauce: Melt the caramel over medium-low heat until smooth (see recipe below).
  3. Combine: Dip each apple by its stick into the caramel sauce place in the refrigerator to set, about 2 hours.

Two images showing apples being dipped in caramel and coated in toppings.

If adding toppings, be sure to sprinkle them while the caramel is still hot so they stick. Place them in the refrigerator to set.

Tip: Use the end of a rolling pin or a meat tenderizer to tap the popsicle stick into the apple.

Optional Tip: If you simply want caramel sauce for dipping apple, banana, cookie or cake wedges into, make the sauce per directions and then whisk in some warmed heavy cream to thin the sauce out a little bit. Perfect for dipping!

Overview of caramel apple ingredients, including assorted toppings.

Optional {But Super Delicious!} Toppings

Take your caramel apples to the next level rolling them in sprinkles, chopped nuts, or crushed cookies! Right after dipping in the caramel sauce, roll in or sprinkle on toppings and place in the refrigerator to set!

  • Sweet: crushed cookie, sprinkles, crushed chocolate bars, mini chocolate chips, or chocolate sauce.
  • Salty: chopped nuts, potato chip bits or bacon bits!

Hosting a fall or Halloween party? Set up a caramel apple bar and let guest roll their apples in an assortment of toppings!

How Long Do Caramel Apples Last?

Store caramel apples in an airtight sealed container and away from extreme light or heat so they stay firm! This will help them remain fresh for about 3 or 4 days.

To keep the caramel firm, store them in the refrigerator. But be careful once they are removed from the fridge as they will sweat!

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Caramel Apples

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4 apples
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Perfect for a Halloween bash or a stay-at-home party with the family. Made with just 3 ingredients, why buy them when you can make them at home!

Ingredients

  • 4 Granny smith apples
  • 14 oz caramels bits or caramels unwrapped
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

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Instructions

  1. Fill a large bowl with water and add a couple of tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice. Add apples and scrub with a vegetable brush to remove the waxy coating.

    Remove the stem from each apple and press a popsicle stick into the top. (I used a rolling pin to tap the popsicle sticks in).

  2. Chill apples in the refrigerator. Line a baking sheet with lightly buttered parchment paper. Place apples in the freezer for about 5 minutes while melting the caramel.
  3. Combine caramel bits and milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth and creamy. Stir consistently.

  4. Dip each apple into the caramel while turning. Dip into toppings if desired.
  5. Place on prepared pan and cool completely in the fridge, about 2 hours.

Recipe Notes

Microwave Directions: Place caramel bits and milk in a medium bowl. Microwave for approximately 4 mins, in 30 sec intervals, until smooth. Stir between intervals and let caramel sit 2-3 minutes before coating apples.
Note: We found the caramel to be smoother cooked on the stove top. 
Do not bring caramel to a boil, this will set the candy and make your caramel too hard.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 349.43, Fat: 5.72g, Saturated Fat: 1.72g, Cholesterol: 4.88mg, Sodium: 166.09mg, Potassium: 343.8mg, Carbohydrates: 76.32g, Fiber: 4.37g, Sugar: 62.5g, Protein: 3.69g, Vitamin A: 135.86%, Vitamin C: 8.64%, Calcium: 108.45%, Iron: 0.31%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Close up of caramel apples dipped in assorted toppings.
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