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Homemade Caramel Dipped Apples

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.

The Perfect Homemade Caramel Dipped Apples

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.
apples dipped in caramel in a pan

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.
The Perfect Homemade Caramel Dipped Apples

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? 

Homemade Caramel Dipped Apples

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Homemade Caramel Dipped Apples

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Chilling time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel-dipped-apples, homeade-caramel-apples, homemade-caramel
Servings: 10 apples
Calories: 613kcal


  • 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.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 117g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 106g | Vitamin A: 528IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Greetings Melissa 🙋‍♀
    OMW! I love apples, esp in the fall! I can’t wait to try this! Question – Do you have a recipe for the Red coated/dipped Apples, with crushed nuts? It’s so strange, but I have not been able to find any of these Red Apples anywhere! While I do love caramel, there’s just something about those Red Apples! Probably bc as a kid, we got the Red Apples & the adults had the caramel, lol.

    Thanks much!

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