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Caramel Apples

Posted by Denise on October 24, 2012

caramel apples on board with parchment
Smooth gooey caramel coats and pools over crispy sweet apples for a luscious Fall treat!

In Florida, apples showing up in greater numbers in grocery stores are more of a harbinger of Fall than temperatures are, but Caramel Apples sorta seal the deal for me. The sticky sweet caramel coating swirled over and pooled at the base of a firm, crispy apple…Mmmmm, that says Fall to me!

When I was a child living in the Midwest, we used to visit a local orchard to purchase apples. The sweet older couple who owned the orchard would cut slices of each type of apple for us to taste so we could make our selections. No matter how many bushels (for those of you who aren’t familiar with bushels, let just say it’s quite a few apples!) of apples we bought, they would always give us each a couple more “to eat in the car on the way home.” So nice! We would normally get some good baking apples, like Granny Smiths, and firm eating apples such as Jonathans, and old favorites like Red Delicious varieties.

When making caramel apples we prefer a firm apple that will hold up to the thick layer of gooey caramel. I used Braeburns for these and they were terrific, but use your favorite apple variety. Make sure to wash and rinse your apples well. Apples are sometimes sprayed with insecticides and may be coated with a fine layer of wax to keep them fresh and make them look pretty.

Use wooden craft sticks for the handles to make dipping and eating the apples a little less messy. There used to be a packet of the sticks in every package of individually-wrapped soft caramels. Not so anymore! It you have a hard time finding wooden sticks, go to the children’s craft section of a store that carries craft items and you should be able to find them.

We always used to set the completed caramel apples on waxed paper, but it would get soggy and tear and stick to the apples. I used parchment paper this time with no problems. The apples popped right off!


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Caramel Apples



 caramel apples ingredients

 Caramel Apples ingredients.




Makes 4 – 5 servings




medium sized apples, rinsed and dried well


14 oz. package of soft caramels, unwrapped (about 50 individual pieces)


tablespoons of water


Chopped nuts, optional




1.    Unwrap the caramels and place them into a small saucepot (I prefer nonstick for this). Add the 2 tablespoons of water and set the pot on the burner over medium-low heat. Place a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet or another sturdy surface large enough to hold all of the apples with approximately 3” between.


unwrapping caramels for caramel apples  caramels in pot for caramel apples


adding water to caramels for caramel apples





2.    While the caramels start to melt, push sticks into the stem end of each apple. You can remove the stem or insert the sticks next to the stem. Push the stick in only far enough that it will stay in place and allow you to use it without it slipping. Leave enough out for a handle.


putting stick handle in caramel apple


3.    Once the caramels start to melt, stir constantly until it becomes completely smooth and creamy. Grasping the stick handle of an apple, dip the apple in the hot caramel and swirl each apple until it is evenly coated. You may need to use a spatula or spoon and tip the pot slightly to get the caramel all of the way up the sides of the apple. Pull the apple out of the caramel and let it drip for a moment before setting it onto the parchment paper to cool. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of the apple before the caramel hardens if you want them.

 melting caramels for caramel apples caramel apples melting

creamy caramel for caramel apples

caramel apples getting coated in caramel


4.    Store the caramel apples in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow the caramel to cool and set up. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you prefer the caramel to be softer, take them out of the refrigerator about 15 minutes before eating.

caramel apples on parchment 


caramel apples outside 


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