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Easy Caramel Apples Recipe (VIDEO)

Caramel apples are such a fun and easy tradition for Fall. Apples coated in salted caramel and rolled in a variety of toppings are a real treat. Did you know it takes just 3 ingredients to make the caramel dip? It doesn’t get much easier than this homemade caramel apple recipe.

We love recreating our favorite treats from the local pumpkin patch, corn maze, and Fall festival food stands like Apple Fritters, Corn Dogs, and definitely these easy caramel apples.

Caramel apples decorated and served on a platter

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Caramel Apple Recipe

This homemade caramel apple recipe is the perfect dessert and snack. Coating a fresh apple in caramel feels just a little less guilty than a typical dessert. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is to recreate this childhood favorite.

Caramel apples with toppings on platter

GIFT IDEA: Caramel apples make a wonderful gift for teachers, friends, and neighbors if you want to make someone’s day brighter. If you’re looking for more homemade gift ideas, check out our Homemade Applesauce or Vanilla Extract.

What You Will Need

  • Apples – any variety will work but a crisp and tart apple has a nice flavor contrast to the sweet caramel coating.
  • Skewers – you can use candy apple skewers, popsicle sticks, or even chopsticks. You can even use tree twigs to look like a little branch.
  • Caramels – there are two preferred brands (Werther’s chewy caramels and Kraft caramels) that are in grocery stores and you can use whichever one is available. You can also buy caramel bits and skip the unwrapping caramels step.
  • Heavy whipping cream – use 4 Tbsp of heavy whipping cream when melting caramels for rich and smooth consistency.
  • Salt – adding a pinch of salt balances the sweetness.
Ingredients for caramel apples with caramels, apples, heavy cream and salt

Tips for the Best Caramel Apples

  • Remove Wax – if your apples are store bought, you will need to remove the wax so the caramel sticks better to the apple. Dip the apple in hot water for a few seconds then thoroughly dry with a towel.
  • Dry Apples – make sure apples are completely dry before dipping in wax.
  • Chill skewered apples – Once apples are skewered, refrigerate while you melt the caramels. Caramel will firm up quickly on a chilled apple so the caramel doesn’t pool at the bottom.
  • Have toppings ready – you’ll need to apply toppings as soon as the caramel is on the apple since it will firm up quickly, especially if you are working with cold apples.
  • Refrigerate coated apples for at least 15 minutes to help the caramel set quickly without sagging. You’ll want to refrigerate before applying any melted chocolate topping.
How to remove wax from apples

How to Make Caramel Apples

  1. Skewer Apples – wash, thoroughly dry and skewer apples.
  2. Chill apples – place apples on a tray and refrigerate while melting caramels.
  3. Melt Caramel – in a large mixing bowl, combine unwrapped caramels, heavy cream and a pinch of salt. Microwave for a few minutes, stirring every 30 seconds and heat until melted and smooth. You can also melt over a double boiler or in a heavy saucepan, but stir frequently if using a saucepan so it doesn’t scorch.
  4. Dip chilled apples – into the caramel, one at a time. Let excess drip back into the bowl and scrape the bottom of the apple on the edge of the bowl to prevent pooling caramel at the bottom.
  5. Add toppings – right after apples are dipped, roll in your prepared toppings or leave them plain if drizzling with chocolate later.
  6. Cool – set caramel apples over a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet to prevent sticking. Refrigerate coated apples for 15 minutes for them to set then drizzle with melted chocolate if desired and enjoy.
Apples skewered and on baking sheet ready for dipping

Pro Tip: Store caramel apples in the refrigerator until ready to serve. When serving, place each apple on a cupcake liner so they don’t stick to your serving platter.

Sliced caramel apple

Toppings

These are so fun to decorate and the topping options are endless. Here are some of our favorite toppings for caramel apples. We love to make a variety for a festive platter of apples.

  • Crushed pretzels
  • Finely chopped nuts
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Coconut flakes
  • Sprinkles
  • Crushed Oreos or other cookies
  • Melted chocolate
  • Kosher salt (sprinkled on lightly)
4 varieties of caramel apple toppings

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Easy Caramel Apples Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Caramel apples on platter

Caramel apples are such a fun treat for Fall. This homemade caramel apple recipe is so easy with only 3 ingredients for the caramel dip.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12 (varies by season)
Keyword: caramel apples, easy caramel apple recipe
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert, snack
Calories: 310
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

For the Caramel Apples:

Optional Toppings:

  • Chopped pecans
  • Sprinkles
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Shredded coconut
  • Crushed Oreo cookies
  • Melted chocolate for drizzling
  • Crushed pretzels
  • Chopped peanuts

Instructions

  1. If using store-bought apples, you should remove the wax coating first. Dip apples in hot water for a few seconds then rub them with a towel to remove wax. Dry the Apples really well. Remove stems and Insert Sticks into the top of the apples. Tip: refrigerating apples will help the caramel set faster while you prep toppings and melt caramel.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Prepare toppings so they are ready to use.

  3. Heat caramel, cream and a pinch of salt over a double boiler or microwave for a few minutes stirring every 30 seconds until caramel is melted and smooth.

  4. Roll apples in caramel, dipping apples sideways to coat almost to the top. We like to leave a little bit of Apple showing on top so you can see what kind of Apple you’re picking. Allow excess to drip back into the bowl. Scrape off the bottom of the Apple against the side of the bowl so you don’t get too much caramel pooling at the bottom

  5. If you see a lot of air bubbles in your caramel start to form or if it gets too thick, then rewarm it slightly. If caramel so too runny, let it cool slightly before using.

  6. Immediately after dipping in caramel, roll apples into your toppings or leave them plain if desired. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes or until caramel is set before drizzling with melted chocolate and enjoying.

Recipe Notes

*Kraft or Werther’s Chewy Caramels work well

Nutrition Facts
Easy Caramel Apples Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 129mg6%
Potassium 308mg9%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 208IU4%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Marina
    November 10, 2021

    Hi there. How early in advance can I make these before an event? Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 10, 2021

      Hi Marina, you should try and eat your caramel apples as soon as you can so that you can preserve the freshness of the apple. Mine are always eaten within a day of making, but a couple of days at most may be best.

      Reply

  • Sophia Habach
    October 29, 2021

    My family has always loved caramel apples and seriously, this recipe looks amazing!!
    I can’t wait to make it 🙂

    Do you think you could make a pineapple cake recipe sometime?

    Thank you so much for everything you do!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 29, 2021

      They are the best! I hope you try and love this recipe! Thank you so much for the pineapple cake recommendation! You can find the pineapple recipes we have HERE.

      Reply

  • Kristyn
    October 29, 2021

    We need to make these asap!! My family loves caramel apples! You make it look super easy. They are hard to resist!

    Reply

  • katerina @ diethood.com
    October 29, 2021

    I absolutely LOVE Caramel Apples! These are SO easy and delicious! I can’t wait to make these for my kids!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 29, 2021

      I hope you and the kids love this recipe, Katerina!

      Reply

  • Natalie
    October 29, 2021

    Caramel apples are our favorite fall treat!! Love the tips you shared. My kids love topping with all different kinds of candies!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      October 29, 2021

      I’m so glad the tips are helpful to you. I’d love to hear what toppings you try.

      Reply

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