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How to Make Easy Caramel Apples

Updated on April 27, 2015

Yummy Fall Treats

Autumn is the perfect time to give delicious apples a makeover. The crisp fall air complements these crisp apple treats so well.

While these are refreshing treats any time of year, there is something special about the fall, and especially Halloween, that makes us want to bite into a gooey gourmet caramel apples. Yum! I want to make a batch right now!!

If you have wanted to try your hand at making these sticky yet decadent delights but were afraid because of the goo and mess, why not put your fears aside and give it a try?

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It's Recipe Time


The following recipe is courtesy of It is my top choice because it is doable and manageable for those of us who have never made caramel apples before. Not to mention if you don't want to eat them all, they make great organic gifts!

This recipe makes six apples, so be sure to double, triple, and quadruple if you are making these for your family and friends.

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Image by eyeliam on Flickr

So far, so good. The list of ingredients is very short and very simple - perfect for those who want to make homemade treats on a tight budget or tight schedule. Here are the items that you will need to get started making your caramel apples at home.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 6


  • Six apples
  • Craft sticks (popsicle sticks)
  • 1 package of individually wrapped caramels - but remember to unwrap them
  • 2 tablespoons of milk

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To make your caramel apples:

Follow these easy steps

Wash each cool apple thoroughly and dry with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Remove the stem from each and insert a craft stick into the top. Pop the apples in the fridge until you are ready to dip them. Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside for now.

Note: Making sure the apples are cool to cold before dipping them in caramel helps make the process easier. users recommend keeping your apples in the refrigerator for at least a day before dipping them.

After you have unwrapped each caramel, put them and the milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 2 minutes, stirring once. Let this mixture cool for just a minute. Holding onto the craft stick, roll each apple in the caramel until it is evenly coated. Put it on the greased baking sheet.

After you have dunked them all in delicious caramel, put them in the refrigerator. The caramel is very gooey at this point, and putting the gourmet desserts in the refrigerator helps them firm up.

See How it's Done! - Don't they look delicious?

Helpful Cooking Tips

Here's a few pointers for great apples!

Some of you are imagining beautifully bronzed apples with perfect texture and impressed guests. Others are imagining a big mess and a disastrous result. It can be hard to make caramel apples for the first time! Here are some tips that should help:

  • Choose smaller apples to make your caramel stretch further. This also reduces waste (because people tend to eat the apple that is just beneath the caramel, leaving a lot of uneaten apple).
  • Use cold apples! It cannot be emphasized enough! This keeps the caramel from sliding off, which is very discouraging and frustrating.
  • Earlier, we mentioned cleaning your apples. If you have purchased them at a store, scrub them with baking soda to remove the wax. This wax can keep the caramel from sticking.
  • Decorate them! After you dip them in caramel, sprinkle them with nuts, chocolate, Oreo bits, sprinkles, and more.
  • If your first batch goes awry, don't despair. It happens to the best of us. Try again, making sure the apples are very dry and cold. You may also want to heat up your caramel a little, if it is getting too goopy and not smooth enough to coat the apples.
Caramel apples are a wonderful treat, especially when you can make them yourself and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Comments - Have you made caramel apples before?

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      When I was a kid, we made caramel apples just about every weekend. My Mom loved eating them as much as us kids did. Yummy!

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      Kim 6 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      These will be perfect for my son's birthday party - thanks for the recipe!

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      Caramel apples are delicious! I wonder, even if they are covered in gooey caramel, if I eat one a day will it keep the doctor away? :-)

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      raegal75 6 years ago

      Yummmmm! I love caramel apples. We make them every fall.