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Quick & Easy Caramel Apple Recipe (And Crunchy Coating Ideas!)

Updated on January 18, 2012
Peanut-Coated Caramel Apples
Peanut-Coated Caramel Apples

Quick Caramel Apples


  • 2 packages (14 oz each) chewy caramel candies
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8-10 tart apples
  • 8-10 thick wooden skewers or popsicle sticks


Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place caramel candies and water in microwave-safe bowl and heat on high 1 minute, stir, and heat 1 minute additional. Stir to combine. Let sit while you wash and dry apples. Stick thick wooden skewers or popsicle sticks into apples (along the core) about 3/4 of the way through, leaving enough of the stick for a handle. Holding by stick, roll apples in caramel to coat, then roll in coating, if desired (see below), and place on baking sheet with sticks pointing straight upwards.  Place in fridge for at least 15 minutes to let set.


To make this same recipe in the crockpot, place caramel candies and water in the slow cooker and cook 1 to 1 1/2 hours on high, then follow the rest of the instructions above.


Place caramel candies and water in a saucepan and heat over medium-high burner, stirring constantly to avoid scorching, until completely smooth. Then follow instructions above.

Caramel Apple Coating Ideas

Use one or more of these coating ideas to bring variety to your caramel apple treats! Or, put several options in dishes and let your kids decorate the apples however they like, making sure the caramel isn't so hot it will burn their fingers.

Crunchy Coatings

After coating with caramel, roll your apples in:

  • Dry-roasted peanuts

  • Toasted slivered almonds

  • Chopped pecans

  • Chopped cashews

  • Ground nuts (any kind)

  • Trail mix

Sweet Decorations

Drizzle or sprinkle with one or more of the following:

  • Melted semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Melted peanut butter chip

  • Reese's pieces

  • M&Ms

  • Cinnamon red-hot candies

  • Crushed hard toffee bar (eg, Heath or Skor)

  • Rainbow or chocolate sprinkles


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    • sanjeeta kk profile image

      sanjeeta kk 7 years ago from India

      Quite easy to try. Kids will love this. Thanks for sharing.

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      Katherine_Huether 9 years ago

      This looks delcious! I love the picture, too - it makes me want to make them. I love the crunch that the nuts bring to caramel apples and the peanuts are an excellent choice for that. I bet crispy rice cereal would also be good.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Candy apples and Halloween go together like peas in a pod. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Anamika S 9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! Looks Yummy.. I got to try this soon. Thanks for the receipe Maddie.

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      entertaininstyle 9 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for this hub, just in time for Halloween treats! Reading this has made me hungry and a caramel apple sounds delicious, I must try the recipe!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 9 years ago from Florida

      I have never tried to make caramel apples, but I love them sooo much! Maybe I will have to try it one of these days!!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Of all the cooking, baking, canning that I've ever done, there are two things that I've never been able to do that are caramel apples.... their 'coats' eventually slide off and brownies.

      Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'll give the apples one more try with your recipe.

      regards Zsuzsy