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Caramel Apple Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 519kcal
Celebrate fall the best way with Homemade Caramel Apples! This classic treat is a fall-favorite and calls for just three simple ingredients. Well, more if you include all the fun toppings to choose from!
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  • 21.6 oz Chewy Caramels 2 large packages
  • 4 tbsp heavy cream
  • 6 Granny Smith Apples
  • Kebab sticks

Optional Topping Ideas

  • Crushed Oreos
  • Chopped Peanuts
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Sprinkles
  • Melted Chocolate
  • M&Ms


  • Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
    how to make caramel apples
  • Wash the apples to remove the wax. Dry them completely.
    6 Granny Smith Apples
  • Remove the stems from the apples, and push the kebab sticks about halfway into the apple, where the stem was.
    Kebab sticks
    how to make caramel apples
  • Add the caramel and heavy cream to a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Continue this process in 30 second increments until the caramel is completely melted.
    21.6 oz Chewy Caramels, 4 tbsp heavy cream
    how to make caramel apples
  • Dip each apple in the melted caramel, turning it until all sides are completely coated. Then roll the caramel-coated apple in your desired toppings (options listed above!). Place the caramel apples on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet.
    Crushed Oreos, Chopped Peanuts, Chopped Pecans, Sprinkles, Melted Chocolate, M&Ms
    how to make caramel apples
  • When you are done dipping the apples, place them in the fridge for about 20 minutes or so until the caramel is hardened slightly. Enjoy!
    how to make caramel apples


  • It took 4 rounds of microwaving for my caramel to melt for a total of about 2 minutes.
  • If your toppings are sliding off of your apple, your caramel might be too hot. If this is happening, dip your apple, and wait about 2 minutes for the caramel to cool slightly. Then roll the apple in the toppings.
  • Do not use “Soft” caramels for this recipe. Caramel made from the soft candies melts off of the apple if left overnight. Here is what I used.
  • You can also melt the caramels on the stovetop if preferred. Simply add the caramels and heavy cream into a small pan and stir over medium heat until melted.
  • If your caramel hardens too much before you can dip all of your apples, simply put the bowl back in the microwave for 15-20 seconds until it melts to your desired consistency again.
  • Will last in the fridge for 3-4 days, especially if wrapped individually in saran wrap before storing


Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 86g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 1mg