Caramel apples are one of the most popular delights of fall and winter season. Who doesn’t love them? In this article, we’ll give you tips for how to make caramel apples at home. They’re perfect for tailgate parties, game day get-togethers, Halloween parties, or any other cold-weather festivities. In addition to traditional dipped apples, we’ll also include tips and links to other caramel apple recipes to enjoy this season.
What You’ll Need
- 6 Apples
- 6 Lollipop or wooden craft sticks
- 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
- Toppings (nuts, Butterfinger bits, chocolate chips, etc.)
- Microwaveable bowl
- Tray lined with wax paper
- Cellophane bags and twist-ties (optional)
- Choose your apples: To best complement the sweetness of caramel, for dipped apples choose medium tart-sweet apples, such as Fuji, Gala, or Braeburn.
- Prepare the apples: Wash the apples and remove the stems. If the apples have a wax coating, wash them with baking soda or vinegar, or give them a quick dip in boiling water to melt it off. Dry them thoroughly. Push one stick into the stem of each apple, about 3/4 of an inch. You can use a knife to cut a small slit if needed. Once all the apples are ready, it’s helpful to refrigerate them for awhile. Chilling them will help the caramel harden faster.
- Melt caramel: Place the caramel candies in a microwave-safe bowl along with 2 tablespoons of water and heat them for 2 minutes at 100% power. Be careful not to overheat the candies or the caramel will get too runny and slide off the apples.
- Dip apples and add toppings: Dip and swirl each apple in the melted caramel, scraping off excess caramel from the bottom. If needed, you can spoon caramel over the apples for a more thorough coating. If the caramel becomes too firm while you’re dipping the apples, you can return it to the microwave for 20-30 seconds until it returns to the right consistency. Quickly roll the apples in the desired toppings or use a spoon to sprinkle on toppings.
- Chill and enjoy! Place the dipped apples on a tray lined with wax paper and refrigerate for 45 minutes until set. Once they have set, you can place individual apples inside cellophane bags and tie with a twist tie or ribbon to give as gifts or as take-home treats from party. Otherwise store the apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Caramel apples are best served the day they are prepared.
Don’t be afraid to experiment!
The most fun part about making caramel apples is that you can experiment with all kinds of variations. Try drizzling melted chocolate over the apples or dunking them in chocolate instead of caramel.
Experiment with different toppings. Pumpkin seeds provide a nice crunch while chopped up NESTLE® CRUNCH® bars or BUTTERFINGER® candy bars add a delicious element of decadence. Try chopped almonds, pecans, mini chocolate chips, or even coconut.
Looking for more dipped apple recipes? Try these:
Caramel apple-inspired treats
If you love caramel apples, you’ll also love some of the caramel apple-flavored treats the culinary experts at Nestlé Kitchens have created. Try these favorites: