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Delicious Caramel Apples

Updated on August 22, 2016
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In preparation for the fall I thought I'd share a recipe for homemade caramel apples. You can use whatever flavor of apple you like and once finished you can even add nuts, sprinkles or chocolate decorations. Nothing says autumn like a fresh caramel apple. They are pretty straight forward to make-if a bit messy.

This recipe makes uses homemade caramel instead of melting store bought caramel candies for a traditional approach that will get the caramel nice and smooth. It's perfect for dipping things into and only uses a few ingredients. Get creative and decorate your apples with candies for a cute Halloween treat or keep things simple with a dusting of nuts for a healthier alternative.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 6


  • 6 medium sized apples, firm
  • 6 wooden skewers
  • 1 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 Cup light corn syrup
  • 1 Cup light cream
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbs. butter


  1. Wash and dry your apples.
  2. Remove the stems from apples and firmly insert the skewers where the stem used to be.
  3. In a medium-sized heavy saucepan combine brown sugar, corn syrup, cream and salt.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until it registers 240 degrees Fahrenheit on your candy thermometer.
  5. Once it's reached the right temperature stir in butter.
  6. Once the mixture is homogenous, keep on heat and quickly dip each apple. Turn the apples so they get coated thoroughly.
  7. Place apples on a greased backing sheet or wax paper to cool.
  8. If you would like to further embellish your caramel apples let them cool for just a few seconds before rolling in nuts, sprinkles etc. Just long enough for the caramel to be a bit less runny yet still sticky. I prefer to put my decorations in a cake pan to roll.


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    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      Hmm... never though to do that, one of those Duh.. moments ^_^ thanks!

    • Alexandria Joy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexandria Taberski 

      6 years ago from Loveland, CO

      Thanks so much Mama Kim.! I always cut mine up to eat it:)

    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      Yummm... apple season brings such yummy recipes ^_^ I love caramel apples... but I always found them hard to eat. Great job Alexandria! voted up and pinned!


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