Caramel Apples: My Favorite Fall Treat

Caramel Apple

Caramel Apple
Caramel Apple

Caramel Apples

Every Fall my wife and I take our 3 boys out apple picking at a local orchard. We all have such a great time and we pick tons of apples. We use the apples for all kinds of things like apple crisp, apple pies, pancakes, apple sauce and for plain old healthy snacks. But, my absolute favorite use is for caramel apples. We all have different preferences for how we eat them and we can make them just the way we like them. My wife and I prefer caramel and walnuts. Sometimes I even melt some chocolate and drizzle that on top too. My sons don't seem to like nuts on them so they usually have them with just caramel. But, sometimes I will get them Oreo's and crush them or use rainbow sprinkles. You can really just add any candy or cookie you like. I am always outraged at the prices some candy stores charge for these things. Especially when I often make them better at home. Well, mine may not look better. But, having fresh picked apples really makes them taste so much better. You can still make great caramel apples with store bought apples. I think that is what most candy stores use anyway. I have never tried making my own caramel from scratch. But, I hope to be adventurous and try it some day.

Making Caramel Apples

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Well of course you need some apples. You also need some caramel. This package by Brachs even included some sticks and directions. My wife and I love walnuts on our caramel apples.A silpat is a type of non stick pad. It works like wax paper and is great for baking and perfect for keeping the hot caramel from sticking to the pan.I find opening the caramels quite tedious. So I convince the kids to do it. While I prepare everything else.Sticks for the apples. I imagine it would get even messier holding the caramel apples with my hands.Layout the toppings since you need to work a little quickly so the caramel stays sticky and doesn't harden too much.Add a little water to get the correct consistency. They slowly start to melt.Finally melted and runs off of spoon.Try to coat the toppings onto the caramel apple. Either I added a little too much water or the kids might have eaten more of the caramels than I expected.I think you knew this would get messy before we started, right.
Well of course you need some apples.
Well of course you need some apples.
You also need some caramel. This package by Brachs even included some sticks and directions. My wife and I love walnuts on our caramel apples.
You also need some caramel. This package by Brachs even included some sticks and directions. My wife and I love walnuts on our caramel apples.
A silpat is a type of non stick pad. It works like wax paper and is great for baking and perfect for keeping the hot caramel from sticking to the pan.
A silpat is a type of non stick pad. It works like wax paper and is great for baking and perfect for keeping the hot caramel from sticking to the pan.
I find opening the caramels quite tedious. So I convince the kids to do it. While I prepare everything else.
I find opening the caramels quite tedious. So I convince the kids to do it. While I prepare everything else.
Sticks for the apples. I imagine it would get even messier holding the caramel apples with my hands.
Sticks for the apples. I imagine it would get even messier holding the caramel apples with my hands.
Layout the toppings since you need to work a little quickly so the caramel stays sticky and doesn't harden too much.
Layout the toppings since you need to work a little quickly so the caramel stays sticky and doesn't harden too much.
Add a little water to get the correct consistency.
Add a little water to get the correct consistency.
They slowly start to melt.
They slowly start to melt.
Finally melted and runs off of spoon.
Finally melted and runs off of spoon.
Try to coat the toppings onto the caramel apple.
Try to coat the toppings onto the caramel apple.
Either I added a little too much water or the kids might have eaten more of the caramels than I expected.
Either I added a little too much water or the kids might have eaten more of the caramels than I expected.
I think you knew this would get messy before we started, right.
I think you knew this would get messy before we started, right.

Helpful Tips

  • I like to refrigerate the apples first because it helps the caramel set faster so it doesn't drip off as much.
  • A silpat is wonderful. the caramel comes right off when it cools.
  • Don't get hot sticky caramel on your skin. Ouch! Very hard to get off and is very hot.
  • Bribe someone else to unwrap caramels or order some online that isn't individually wrapped.

Caramel Apple Directions

1 package of individually wrapped caramel. (14 oz.), about 5-6 apples and 2 tablespoons of milk or water, popsicle sticks

I believe the fact mine were a little more runny this time could have been that I used water like the back of the caramel bag said. I think last time I used milk and the toppings didn't run to the bottom as much. Either way they still taste great and I have seen recipes using either. For more apples just double everything.

First wash and dry apples.

Stab a stick into each apple wear the stem was.

Set out dry toppings like chopped nuts, rainbow sprinkles, crushed cookies or candy in wide bowls or deep plates. (Pie plate would be perfect).

Unwrap caramels (I suggest finding someone else to do it like the kids)

Put caramels in a double boiler for best results and add the milk or water. I actually don't have one so I am just really careful and keep stirring it on the stove in a small pot. Melt over medium heat. 150 degrees is apparently best. but, I just melt until it will drip off the spoon.You could also microwave for about 2 minutes stir and let it cool a little.

Remove the caramel from the stove and coat the apples. I find it is best to tip the pot and place the apple near the side and spin it around. You can also use a spoon to get the top if you need to. Let some of the caramel drip off then hold it right side up a few seconds.

Roll the caramel coated apple in the toppings. I find it easiest to put toppings in my palm then push into the caramel.

Set the apples on wax paper or a silpat or a greased cookie sheet. then refrigerate for the carmale to set.

Making caramel apples sure can be messy and a little time consuming. But, it is well worth all of the effort when you bite into that chewy, crisp and delicious apple. I'm not sure what the exact cost is. but, I would bet you could easily make a dozen or so for the same price a specialty candy store would charge for one. Sometimes I just can't resist and spend my money on the over priced ones at the candy store. Or it could be a treat from my wife. They are great but, usually the apple is its weak point. It will have fantastic tasting caramel and all kinds of beautiful tasty toppings. Then they apple might be too mooshy or obviously a little old. If you are not up to making your own my favorite reasonably priced place is Monster Candy Apples. I got these for my wife and I a few times. The prices are as reasonable as they come and they use great apples. Your best bet is that they always have a different speciatly apple on sale for about $5 each month. My wife loved the strawberry cheesecake they had once. You can sometimes find coupon codes online for them too. But, hopefully you will be up to trying to make your own sometime.

What is your favorite caramel apple topping? Oh and other comments are always welcome too. 28 comments

Nelle Hoxie 6 years ago

Jim this was the most fun hub I've read at Hubpages. Loved seing the kids. You're apples looked great and my mouth is watering. Never thought about oreos for a topping on the apples. Will give that a try. Again loved your hub.


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thor6 6 years ago from http://ragnasuns.blogspot.com

Excellent blog very well laid out indeed. I wish mine were as good as yours. Keep up the good work. Take a look a t mine and tell me what you think

Take care and have a happy life.

Pete


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shamelabboush 6 years ago

mmm, looks yummy specially that I like caramel in general. Thanks jim.


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BrianS 6 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

Nice hub and a great way to spend time with your children, something they will always remember. I still recall going gathering with my dad when I was a child for all sorts of things, hazelnuts,chestnuts, blackberries and mushrooms were the main ones. Oh and apples but only if we could do it without getting caught :-) and without my dad.


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Aqua 6 years ago from California

One word - YUM!!!!!!


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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

These are an all time favorite just like popcorn balls---yummy!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I love the fancy Carmel apple that is shown here. Yummy!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Jim, I'm so glad you wrote this hub! I love caramel apples and have never tried to makes them myself. I would imagine they are a lot better than store bought, cause you can put tons more caramel on them, as well as all the other "stuff" you mentioned. Can't wait to try the recipe. Thanks.


franki79 6 years ago

I hope your happy, you just made my mouth water!!! Good hub!

Franki


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jim10 6 years ago from ma Author

Thanks for all of the great comments. I am glad you all liked my hub. I hope you all enjoy your caramel apples. Sorry I probably should have started the Hub out with. "Go buy apples, caramel and popsicle sticks before coming back to read." That way you would have been better prepared.

Thor6 thanks for your comment but, for some reason it says spam and I can't approve it.


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IslandVoice 6 years ago from Hawaii

What a yummy hub! Love caramelized apples, i just buy from the Gourmet Market nearby. They make great 'gifts' too, esp the fancy ones!


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readabook 6 years ago from Texas

Oh, that sounds like so much fun. We used to go apple picking when I lived in Missouri and fresh picked do taste good.


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Itswritten 6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

I have always loved Caramel Apples especially Granny Smith


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

We called them toffee apples and I used to love them when I was young! Well still do, actually :) And we made the caramel from scratch so....even more of a mess, I guess! Lovely hub - and great pictures.


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Godslittlechild 6 years ago

It's one of my favorite things to look forward to at this time of the year.


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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

Caramel apples are my favorite too! I usually buy one at our county fair, but I wait till the last day when they start selling them at half price. I have made my own with the recipe you shared, but the caramel would always fall off. Maybe if I put them in the refrigerator right away, it wouldn't come off? BTW, I like crushed peanuts on mine!


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jim10 6 years ago from ma Author

Yes, I usually put the apples in the fridge as soon as I can. I also find it works best if the apples are cold beforehand.


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

I love sweet delicacies , including caramels. Thanks jim10


Wife Who Saves 6 years ago

Your caramel apples sound delicious. I was just given 15 pounds of apples so now I know what to do with some of them. By the way, caramel is nothing more than sugar that is stirred constantly until it turns into caramel. Some people add 2 tsp of water if they do not have a double boiler but sugar contains its own water.


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jim10 6 years ago from ma Author

Thanks Wife Who Saves I never thought it would be that easy.

Good luck with all of those apples.


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ianbrad55 6 years ago

yum will have to try this recipe


BookFlame 6 years ago

Super recipe! Who cares if making them is messy?


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love carmel apples, but these are a bit hard on my teeth. To compromise occasionally I like to make caramel sauce and dip apple slices in it!


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AllMomNeeds2know 6 years ago

sounds great


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queen cleopatra 6 years ago

I'd love to try caramelized apples. And I love the mess because they'll surely taste sweet. A pity, I cannot use freshly-picked apples. Thanks for the recipe! :)


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Karen N 6 years ago from United States

I never would have thought about using oreos, it sounds delicious! My families favorite is caramel apple brownies.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Great ideas here for caramel apples! My kids love this fall dessert


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jim10 5 years ago from ma Author

Thanks for all of the great comments about making caramel apples. My family and I look forward to making caramel apples every year.

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