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Caramel/Candied Apples

Updated on May 2, 2016

Caramel vs Candy-Coated

How do you prefer your apples: dipped in liquid caramel or bright red sugar syrup?
How do you prefer your apples: dipped in liquid caramel or bright red sugar syrup? | Source

Do You like Your Apples Covered in Caramel or Candied?

"Lemme just talk to you for a second about something that I think is good for America: caramel apples,... I had one last night. Delicious." - Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report

Coated with golden caramel or candied shiny-red, an Apple-On-A-Stick is a favorite late summer and fall treat! It's great to do after seasonal apple picking with the family or for a Halloween party for kids and adults alike. This article will help you learn how to do caramel or candy apples yourself and there are even suggested recipes for those folks who need lower-sugar options. These can make a sweet treat for parties, or tasty gifts during the fall season.

Super-Quick Caramel Apples-on-a-Stick


6 large or 8 medium-sized apples

1 package chewy caramel candies

plain wooden craft sticks

waxed paper

a baking sheet


1) Unwrap the caramel candies and put into a pot over low to medium heat until they melt.

2) Wash apples and remove their stems. Push one wooden stick into the center of the apple. This works best if you push it in from the same end where you took the stem off.

3) Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

4) When caramel has melted, dip the apples into caramel and coat well.

5) Stand apples up on waxed paper

6) Put apples into the fridge to make the caramel firm up.

  Tips and Tricks: 

~ You can also melt the caramel in a microwave oven but do it carefully so you don't boil or burn it. A glass bowl is best for this or using a container made just for this purpose.

~ If you're doing this with kids, consider getting smaller apples as it's much easier for them to bite into, which leads to a bit less mess. Sort of a mini caramel or candy apple.

~ If the caramel is a bit too thick once it melts, you can add a tablespoon or two of milk to help it thin out.

~ Many stores with "bulk" goods offer caramel candies in bulk. These are often cheaper than brand-name candy.

So the coating sticks...

...wash your apples before you start!

Most commercial apples are polished with an edible food-grade wax to make them appear shiny, but this can interfere with the caramel or candy coating sticking to the apple. Apples should be scrubbed down and fully dry before you dip them.

Caramel Apple Kit

Pelican Bay Kit, Caramel Apple, 16 Ounce
Pelican Bay Kit, Caramel Apple, 16 Ounce

You provide the apples and this easy-to-use caramel apple kit provides the rest. Includes caramel mix and sticks. Good for a kids party, or a first-try if you have never done it yourself!


Chocolate-dipped apples are yummy too

This apple has been dipped in and then drizzled with chocolate.
This apple has been dipped in and then drizzled with chocolate. | Source

For cooks who want to melt a high-quality caramel...

Peters Creamy Caramel Sauce, 5 Pound
Peters Creamy Caramel Sauce, 5 Pound

If you want a bulk block of great caramel to melt down and dip into, this 5 lb. chunk of butter-sugar heaven is what you are seeking.


"Make Your Own Caramel" Variations

With these recipes, you don't use a ready-made caramel candy. These are my faves as I think the caramel is much yummier!

Candied Apples

This is the variation where the apple dip is sugar-based and dries to a high-gloss finish, making what is most often called a Candy or Candied Apple.

Homemade Candied Apples

Caramel-Coated and Chocolate-Dipped

Caramel-Coated and Chocolate-Dipped
Caramel-Coated and Chocolate-Dipped | Source

Lower-sugar and Diabetic Recipes

If you need to control your sugars, here are some variations on the caramel candy apple that can help you get the flavor without so much of the sugars.

Do You Like Caramel Candy Apples?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It sounds yummyyyyy!

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      mylittlegourmet 5 years ago

      mmm...looks delicious! Haven't had a caramel apple in years and I need one NOW!

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      johnsja 5 years ago

      Love them! Nice lens.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Oh yes!

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      jessicahoward 5 years ago

      This is really an excellent idea to caramelized apples and even to give more gesture to the taste candy is being used.............even they look so yummy

      Kids are going to enjoy it thoroughly

      thanks very much euryale

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Back to leave a blessing for such a delicious lens!

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      C-Diddy 5 years ago

      Mmmm...these look fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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      BradKamer 5 years ago

      I really enjoy homemade caramel apples with peanuts. I

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yummy. They are some of my favorites. Nice design on the lens worth being on front page for sure <

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      Euryale Sinclair 5 years ago from The Left Coast

      @HuggsX3 LM: No time like the present...

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      Tricia Meyer 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      I love caramel apples! Especially caramel covered with chocolate.

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      HuggsX3 LM 5 years ago

      Never had one :(

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      SororPeregrina 5 years ago

      The combination of caramel and apple is divinely inspired, as far as I'm concerned. I also love the carnival apples that are covered in crunchy cinnamon candy. YUM!

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      i like caramel apples

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Apples are looking like cadies. Good work.

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      MissKanti 5 years ago

      Oh my! These apples look so delicious!

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      Alessandro Zamboni 5 years ago from Italy

      A lens to go crazy for! Who doesn't loves these candy apples, especially now that we are going straight into Halloween?

      My compliments for all the efforts you put onto developing this turnkey niche for candy apple lovers!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Love 'em - caramel apples are a great excuse to celebrate Halloween any day :)

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      Euryale Sinclair 5 years ago from The Left Coast

      @anonymous: I was just out of town this past weekend and found myself in a candy shop with something like eight or nine variations on caramel apples staring me in the face. Luckily my friend and I split one which was less overwhelming.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I should not have ventured to this I want a caramel apple! Good lens! I shared it on FB because I know some of my friends will love this page too. Bookmarking it myself.

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      Cathy Lemke 5 years ago

      those apples look AMAZING!!!!!

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      BelleBanks 5 years ago

      Love caramel apples with peanuts :)

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I have to have my fall fix of caramel apples with nuts on top. It's part of my fall early celebration. btw those gourmet apples from Amazon are sooooo good. I got some as a gift once and they are so good.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have not tried such great and interesting things with apples thanks for sharing

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      bidandrew 5 years ago

      Love them all! :)

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      I love them and your lens. Ready to indulge myself.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago


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      accfuller 5 years ago

      I can't believe it's that time of year again ... Autumn, Halloween, and Candy Apples! Congratulations on Lens of the Day ... :)

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      Actually never tried them, but they look delicious.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE candy apples best! Blessings to you!!!!

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      NuttSoRuff 5 years ago

      I love them!

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      ohhhhhhh these look FABULOUS!!!! I want one tonight!

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      bwet 5 years ago

      Oh yes! deliciousss :D

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      citistyle 5 years ago

      It simply can't be more delicious... ;-) Love it!

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      I do, but my teeth don't! You brought back a lot of great memories with this lens.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      too much sugar. but they do look colorful

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand


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      ggruden2 5 years ago

      MMmmmm very nice recipes! Thanks for this lense!

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      alicialoyd 5 years ago

      Caramel apples are really good, gonna make one today. Great lense!

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      alicialoyd 5 years ago

      Caramel apples are really good, gonna make one today. Great lense!

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      YESH! Candied Apples are a must for our Halloween home! Two big thumbs up! Cheers~cb

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I loved these as a kid

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Mmm... I love caramel and candy apples. Wonderfully tasty stuff! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      Yes i like caramel Apple Candy. you did amazing job.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh yes! I do like them and I also liked your Caramel Apple lens.. :D

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      IncomeFromHomeT 5 years ago

      Back in the early 1960s these were given out as Halloween treats, and I looked forward to them every year.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      In my youth, they were a favorite!

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      TopShelly 5 years ago

      O my goodness, I want the pretty white chocolate one!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Yes but I haven't eaten one in ages. =(

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      Jason Sositko 5 years ago

      I love the Caramel Apples with peanuts.

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      Rymom28 5 years ago

      Love them!!!

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Can't wait to try this, thank you for the suggestions!! Blessed

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      Cammily 5 years ago

      I love them! Here in Germany you get them at the funfair ...:)

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      octopen 5 years ago

      Oh yes!

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      IsakRimon LM 5 years ago

      just wooooooooooooow

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      anupma lm 5 years ago

      delicious. Thanks for sharing

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      Fay 5 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Yes I love toffee apples. Love the stripy one.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Definitely! Blessed

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      Love the caramel! Nicely done.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I like both the caramel finish and the red candy finish on apples.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Looks really good.

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Baked Apples with Cinnamon! But these will do just fine too :) Delicieuse!

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC


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      bender2003 5 years ago

      Seems delicious !

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest


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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I more than like them- I love them!

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      Elyn MacInnis 6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Uh - I need one now! How yummy is this? Thanks for all the recipe ideas. I need to try an easy one, but what I would really like to do is make the caramel myself. All options covered here - great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yummy! Iâll definitely share this with my friends. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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      Denise M Alvarado 6 years ago from Southwest

      great lens! Blessed by a squidangel:)

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      compulady 6 years ago

      that looks so yammy

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      vlchelper7763 6 years ago

      I want one too

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love caramel apples. In Argentina there are vendors in every park or square, and even in the beach. We have them dipped in popcorn, so the corn sticks to the caramel coat. Yummy! Makes me want to take a walk to spot one of these vendors. We also have figs prepared in the same way, dipped in caramel and popcorn. No diet can resist!

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      luckyone924 6 years ago

      looks so yummy!now i want to make one mmm!

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      hughgrissettsr lm 6 years ago

      yummy lens,yummy apples! i'm hungry!

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      totalhealth 6 years ago

      lots of delicious recipes and they look beautiful too.

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      daphnedangerlov1 6 years ago

      These look awesome! I can't wait to make them with my kids-especially that first recipe.

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      MyDestination 6 years ago

      Looks so nice and sweet!

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      Zhivko Stanev 6 years ago from Bulgaria

      I worked at Kilwins a few years ago and I made those apples! Thank you for bringing up the memory. :)

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      mett007 6 years ago

      Looks so delicious ..ummmmm want to have one..lolz..:P

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      avid reader rev 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens - I remember going to our County Fair and getting candied apples when I was little. Definitely brings back memories. Think I'll try one of your recipes! Thanx!

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      rainbowkid 6 years ago

      OMG!!! I want to have one...

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      Scraps2treasures 6 years ago

      I love caramel apples. Great lens! My youngest daughter has problems eating caramel apples since she recently lost a few teeth. So this halloween we made caramel apple slices instead. Much easier for her to eat!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      I like both but I think the red candy apples are my favorites.

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      magicshine1 6 years ago

      I love 'em!

      and those green apples with eh red candy in the main picture look amazing.

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      markettrol 6 years ago

      I like both!!!!

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      Love Caramel apples...

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      Elyn MacInnis 6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love them. Especially the caramel ones. The red candy apples are a bit too much for me to get my teeth around. I like to cut the apple into pieces instead of getting it all over my face...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ummm....tasty lens !

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      wiedruce 6 years ago

      I love caramel candy apples but I also need to control the amount of sugar contents.. luckily you have the recipes especially to maintain its flavor...Thank you.

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      squidshe 6 years ago

      Everything looks delicious!

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      Elhamstero 6 years ago

      Toffee apples are ok but what I really like is chocolate apples. Same principle, but dipped in melted chocolate and then with hundreds and thousands on the top. Delicious.

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      Samantha Devereux 6 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Drools...Love Caramel Apples!

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      Yes love these caramel candy apples !!

      Thank you for the links to the lower-sugar and diabetic recipes as well.

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      desa999 lm 6 years ago

      Your lens reminds me of the fabulous times I used to have at the school fetes. Thanks for the memories!!

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I prefer caramel apples, yum.

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      Bahrns 6 years ago

      my kids love caramel apples! great lens

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      zero2retired 6 years ago

      I think everyone loves these! Your lens looks really nice too!


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