Easy Homemade Caramel Apples
Your favorite apple dipped into a made from scratch, thick, delicious caramel and then covered in your favorite toppings = Easy Homemade Caramel Apples
Refreshing fruit + sticky caramel + endless toppings = A Guaranteed Dessert WIN!
Nothing says “Hello, fall!” quite like a caramel apple. And now it’s faster than ever to whip up a DIY version of these sweets on-a-stick with this recipe for Easy Caramel Apples.
It’s a Halloween treat that is sure to please everyone who love apples as well as those who love caramel. Caramel apples are such a favorite and why not? The apples are drenched in caramel gooey-ness! You gotta have them, somehow, somewhere during the fall season! It’s a must! The best part is, you can load them up with any of your favorite candies and join in on the celebration of these fabulous Easy Homemade Caramel Apples! We Got Ya Covered! Seriously…Totally worth the effort to make!
So, to celebrate fall, to serve as Halloween treats, or heck, just because – y’all have got to give this a try.
What kind of toppings can I use to make caramel apples gourmet??
There are a lot of toppings you can add to your caramel apples to make them gourmet. Here’s a few I’ve seen and enjoyed.
- chopped nuts (my personal favorite) – peanuts, almonds, pecans
- chocolate – white, milk, dark chocolate drizzled
- candy – M&Ms, chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups, Reese’s pieces, Snickers, Butterfingers, Heath, etc.
- cookies – Crushed Oreos, graham crackers
Or better yet maybe a FLAVOR combination! Here are a few combinations of toppings that would take your caramel apples to the next level:
- Apple Pie caramel apple – coat with thin layer of white chocolate rolled in cinnamon sugar
- S’mores caramel apple – roll in crushed graham crackers, drizzle with chocolate and sprinkle with mini marshmallows
- Turtle caramel apple (My husband’s favorite) – roll in pecans, drizzle with chocolate
- Birthday cake caramel apple – dip in white chocolate, roll in sprinkles
- Hot chocolate caramel apple – dip in milk chocolate, sprinkle with mini marshmallows
- Oreo Lover caramel apple (Miss Emma’s favorite) – coat with thin layer of white chocolate, roll in crushed Oreo cookies
Here are some Must-Have tips when it comes to making your own caramel apples:
- Avoid the Messy: It’s important that the apples are washed and then thoroughly dried prior to dipping them into the hot caramel. Any trace of moisture on the apples will cause the caramel to slip and slide right off.
- Use Tiny Toppings: The smaller, more finely chopped your toppings, the better shot you have at them staying in place as the caramel cools.
- Allow To Cool: If you’re opting for a second layer of deliciousness in the form of melted chocolate, always allow the first layer of caramel to cool completely before plunging your apple into a hot bath of chocolate.
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Easy Homemade Caramel Apples
- 12 small to medium size green apples
- 12 popsicle sticks or caramel apple sticks
- Wax paper or parchment paper for cooling
- 1 cup salted butter cut into pieces
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Chopped Nuts
- Chocolate for melting I used white chocolate and semi-sweet chips
- Chopped/crushed candy bars and cookies and/or cinnamon sugar
Prepare the apples by scrubbing them clean and drying well.
Insert a stick into each apple and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
Refrigerate at least one hour.
Make the Caramel:
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Add the sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt, and stir using a rubber spatula.
Add the sweetened condensed milk slowly, stirring well to incorporate.
Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 235°F on a candy thermometer.
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
Let cool completely for about 10 minutes before dipping the apples.
Dip each apple into the caramel, turning the apple around to coat all side; let the excess caramel drip off the apple, and scrape a knife across the bottom of each apple to remove the excess.
If you are using nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles or something like that you will now dip the caramel covered apple in the nuts.
Place the apples back on the baking sheet and let cool to room temperature.
Adding Chocolate Drizzle:
Add the chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl with ½ tsp shortening.
Microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
To decorate, place chocolate in a Ziploc bag; cut a small part of the corner off the baggie and squeeze the chocolate out and drizzle it over the apples. Sprinkle with desired additional toppings.
Let cool completely.
Caramel apples are usually best the day they are made, but may be stored in the refrigerator up to two days.