Caramel apples are a bonafide treat any time of year, but they’re especially tasty during the chilly fall and winter months. For that reason, I couldn’t resist sharing this recipe for the perfect Homemade Caramel Dipped Apples. Whether you’re hosting a fall campfire soiree or making homemade holiday gifts for friends and neighbors, these homemade caramel dipped apples will be a hit.
Easy Homemade Caramel Apples
The Perfect Homemade Caramel Dipped Apples. Caramel and apples go together like strawberries and cream. While both caramel and apples are certainly delicious on their own, when paired together the flavor is phenomenal. How to make homemade Caramel Apples:
- Apples – Granny Smith Apples are what I recommend to make caramel apples. They store well and provide the tart to balance of the sweet of the caramel coating.
- Butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter.
- Milk – Sweetened condensed milk is imperative.
- Sugar – Light brown sugar plus corn syrup and a splash of vanilla extract completes the homemade caramel.
- Coating – Chopped peanuts or any chopped salted or unsalted nuts can be used. Mini chocolate chips, toffee chips, crushed Heath candy bars or festive sprinkles. You could also use M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces.
How to Make the BEST Caramel Apples Recipe
We tend to gravitate to the caramel apple flavor combination more during the fall months but, they can certainly be enjoyed any time you like. They can also be personalized with a plethora of toppings options to give as gifts during the holiday season.
- Ingredients you’ll need to make easy Caramel Dipped Apples: Granny Smith apples, sweetened condensed milk, butter, dark corn syrup, light corn syrup, vanilla extract and chopped peanuts.
- Kitchen tools you’ll need: Sheet pans lined with wax paper or silicone baking mats, sticks, measuring cups and spoons, nonstick silicone spatula, nut chopped and heavy bottomed saucepan.
- The sticks are readily available in the candy making section of most stores such as Target and Walmart. They can also be found at craft stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.
- I rolled these caramel apples in salted peanuts, but you can have fun with them and sprinkle with chocolate chips, crushed cookies and candies, toffee bits, peanut butter chips, M & M’s, sprinkles and more.
- Regardless of your embellishment preference, it’s imperative that you roll the apples in the toppings while the caramel is still warm and gooey for the best results.
- These apples should be store chilled but, allow time to bring them to room temperature for eating to allow the caramel to soften a bit.
- You can serve these apples sliced into wedges for sharing as a quick dessert or snack.
- Store chilled for up to one week. Bring to room temperature for serving to allow the caramel to soften.
More Apple Dessert Recipes to Make
Once you see how simple the caramel coating is to make, you’ll want to skip the premade caramels, maybe for good. This recipe uses a combination of brown sugar, Land O Lakes Butter and Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk to make it silky smooth. How could you possibly go wrong?
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- Apple Nachos from Life in the Lofthouse.
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Helpful Kitchen Items
Homemade Caramel Dipped Apples
- 10 medium Granny Smith apples
- 10 wooden sticks
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 cups light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped peanuts, mini chocolate chips, candy or sprinkles, use your favorite
- Wash and dry the apples, removing the stem. Insert a wooden stick into the center of each Set aside. Have nearby a large cookie sheet lined with wax paper or a silicone baking mat.
- In a deep heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, melt together the butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup, dark corn syrup and salt. Stir constantly to prevent sticking.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk. Gently bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and cook until a candy thermometer reaches 225°F. Around 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add vanilla, stir until combined. Dip each apple into the caramel turning to evenly coat. Tilt the saucepan as needed. Spoon the caramel over the apples to evenly coat.
- Immediately dip in your preference of chopped peanuts, mini chocolate chips, candy or sprinkles.
- Place onto the cookie sheet. Chill until set.
- Bring to room temperature to allow the caramel to soften before serving. Store chilled.