Caramel Apples

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Caramel Apples are a quick fall treat made from Granny Smith apples, easy caramel sauce, and plenty of tasty toppings. 

The air is colder, the days are shorter, and fall is in full swing. It’s time for Pumpkin Pie, Ultimate Pumpkin Cheesecake, a little Pumpkin Chocolate Bread and, to take a little break from all the pumpkin, a batch of delicious homemade Caramel Apples.

Caramel apples with toppingsCARAMEL APPLES

This year, you should make a favorite fall dessert for your Halloween party. All you need are some apples, a few craft sticks, and some salted caramel to make a tasty, chewy treat. My Caramel Apple recipe can get a little bit messy, so I recommend putting down a baking sheet with a strip of parchment paper to keep the excess drips of hot caramel from getting everywhere.

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If you’re wondering what kind of apples are best for this recipe, you will want to use Granny Smith apples. Granny Smiths tend to be a more tart apple, and that flavor goes really well with the rich, slightly salty taste of the caramel sauce, and lends itself to a wider variety of toppings. If you use other kinds of apples, you risk having sweet on sweet, and that can get overwhelming fast.

HOW TO MAKE CARAMEL APPLES

  • Twist the stem off each apple and push a craft stick 3/4 of the way through the apple.
  • Freeze your apples for 20-30 minutes before dipping.
  • Microwave the caramels and milk in a microwave safe 4-cup glass measuring cup or bowl at half power in 30 second increments until smooth, stirring each time.
  • Let cool for 1 minute.
  • Dip and spin the apples to coat them, taking care not to leave the apples in the caramel for too long.
  • Allow excess caramel to drip away and dip or coat in preferred toppings and place on wax paper.
  • Harden in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.Caramel apple cut
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VARIATIONS ON CARAMEL APPLES

  • Homemade Caramel: You can make your own sea salt caramel sauce at home and, if you’ve already made a batch of my Salted Caramels you can melt them down to dip your apples in or even drizzle it over the top.
  • Toppings: The sky is the limit for what toppings your want to use. Crush up some oreos, toffee, mini m&ms, chocolate chips, pecans, cashews, pretzels, or you can even dust the top with just a little sifted confectioners or brown sugar.

CARAMEL APPLES AROUND THE WORLD 

  • “Love Apples”: In Brazil, maçã-do-amor or “apples of love” are served up on feast days for specific saints, especially John the Apostle. They are usually served up with bright sprinkles or other toppings that make them bright and colorful. In France, they are called pommes d’amour (“apples of love”) and they are commonly found at street festivals and fairs.
  • Glasierter ApfelIn Germany, candy apples are served up specifically around Christmas as a sweet, sugary treat for children.
  • Toffee Apples: Across the UK and the United States, Caramel Apples are eaten as a Halloween treat.
  • Independence Day: Candy apples are a traditional treat for Israeli Independence Day during street celebrations.

THE “DO’S” AND “DON’TS” FOR CARAMEL APPLES

Do

  • Boil the apples for just a couple seconds then remove them, this removes the wax layer that is added to apples before they are sold.
  • Freeze your apples for at least 20 minutes before dipping, this helps the caramel set.
  • Prepare all the apples and have them ready to dip before getting the caramel ready.
  • Grease your wax paper you put the apples on.
  • Use a deep 4 cup measuring cup for dipping, this will cover the apples nicely.
  • Microwave your caramel at half power until smooth and creamy, then let it sit for 20-30 seconds before dipping.
  • Have any toppings you’ll be using ready to go before you microwave your caramel.

Don’t

  • Wrap these apples in any way.
  • Let them sit to harden at room temperature (the fridge is your friend).
  • Handle them too much or push them too deep into caramel, the stick may come out.
  • Re-microwave caramel over and over again, it will become too thick.
  • Use room temperature apples, the caramel will be a mess.
  • Try to dip using the stem of the apples.
  • Try to dip using a lollipop stick.

HOW LONG CAN YOU STORE CARAMEL APPLES?

  • Serve: You should always eat your Caramel Apples fresh. Once you’ve pierced the apple with the craft stick you’ve started the process of the apple rapidly spoiling when left outside.
  • Store: If you keep the Caramel Apples in an airtight container in a refrigerator, Caramel Apples will stay good for up to a week.
  • Freeze: I do not recommend freezing Caramel Apples. You should enjoy them as fresh as possible or straight out of the fridge.Caramel apples

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Caramel Apples

5 from 3 votes
  • Yield: 12 Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Caramel Apples are an Autumn treat made from Granny Smith apples, hot caramel sauce, and plenty of tasty toppings.

Ingredients

  • 6 apples
  • 14 ounces caramels , unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/4 cup peanuts , or any nuts of your choice, chopped (optional)

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Twist the stem off each apple and push a craft stick 3/4 of the way through the apple.
  2. Freeze your apples for 20-30 minutes before dipping.

  3. Microwave the caramels and milk in a microwave safe 4-cup glass measuring cup or bowl at half power in 30 second increments until smooth, stirring each time.

  4. Let cool for 1 minute.

  5. Dip and spin the apples to coat them, taking care not to leave the apples in the caramel for too long, then allow excess caramel to drip away and dip or coat in preferred toppings and place on wax paper.
  6. Harden in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 Servings, Amount per serving: 193 calories, Calories: 193g, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 84mg, Potassium: 194mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 63g, Vitamin C: 4g, Calcium: 57g, Iron: 1g

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Why have I never heard the tip to freeze your apples first, that it helps set the caramel?!! What a great tip, these apples come out perfect!

  2. When I was a kid we’d go to the supermarket and buy those packaged caramel apples. I couldn’t wait until they were in store! I’ve always wanted to make my own so thanks for sharing!