How to Make Homemade Caramel Apples

Last Updated on September 26, 2022 by Michele Tripple

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Making homemade caramel apples is super simple and can be easily done with this super simple homemade caramel apple recipe. 

Super Simple Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples dipped with toppings

Nothing says fall quite like caramel apples! Ever since I was little I have always looked forward to this time of year so that I can justify eating as many caramel apples as I want.

I mean we can totally eat Caramel apples anytime of year! But there is just something about eating them in the fall! Why is that?

So I have been getting a few emails lately asking for a caramel apple recipe that is simple and delicious, but yet looks like professional caramel apples.

So I am sharing with you today this Super Simple Caramel Apple recipe that looks like professional Caramel Apples! If you are a lover of everything apples you definitely want to check out our apple crumble pie which is a reader’s favorite this time of year as well as our apple cider donuts, yum!

 

How to Make Homemade Caramel Apples?

caramel  topping in metal bowl

Making caramel apples is actually easier than most people think! It just takes a little time (about 30 minutes) and some patience and you can make the most beautiful caramel apples!

 

Caramel Apples

  • Serves 6
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

 

Caramel Apple Ingredients

caramel apple ingredients
  • 6 large apples (I love Granny Smith)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Directions for Caramel Apples:

corn syrup pouring into pot

Before starting to make your caramel apples you will want to line your baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. This is where you will put your finished caramel apples to dry.

corn syrup pouring into pot

You will also want to wash and dry all your apples. Make sure the apples are free of wax/polish and thoroughly dry or the caramel will slip off. Be sure there is no water left on your apples that way the caramel will stick.

candy thermometer in caramel

In a large saucepan on medium heat, you will want to stir the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix this until it is all combined together.

Bring your caramel to a boil and cook until your candy-thermometer reads 245 degrees Fahrenheit. This will take about 25 minutes so be patient.

You will want to continue to stir your caramel the whole time to prevent it from burning.

Once your caramel reaches 245 degrees things will move so quick do be sure to keep a close eye on things and just keep stirring.

After your caramel reaches 245 degrees remove it from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.

caramel sauce on spoon

Once the vanilla is added you will want to immediately start dipping the apples in the caramel.

caramel on spoon dripping back into pot

Move quickly when dipping because the caramel will start setting pretty quick! If the caramel does start to set just put it back on low heat to get it back to a dipping consistency.

dipped caramel apple

You will want to dip each apple in the hot caramel and then immediately add your desired toppings if you choose to add them!

6 dipped caramel apples with toppings on 4 of them

 

Some fun caramel apple toppings include:

caramel apple toppings mini chocolate chips

Sprinkles

Nuts

Chopped Candy Pieces

Sugar / Sugar Chrystals

Chocolate drizzles

Mini Chocolate Chips

Cookie Crumbs

Really the sky’s the limit when it comes to caramel apple toppings!

close up of caramel apple with white sprinkles

Once the apple is dipped and the desired toppings are on the apple place on the baking sheet that has the parchment or wax paper and let them cool before you sink your teeth into them!

close up of caramel apple with sanding sugar

There you have it! A super simple way of how to make homemade caramel apples at home. 

What is your favorite caramel apple topping or do you love to just eat them with no topping? Share with us in the comments!

Making homemade caramel apples is super simple and can be easily done with this super simple homemade caramel apple recipe. 

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Making homemade caramel apples is super simple and can be easily done with this super simple homemade caramel apple recipe. 
Yield: 6 Servings

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

Making homemade caramel apples is super simple and can be easily done with this super simple homemade caramel apple recipe. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Apples (Love Granny Smith)
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cups Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  1. Before starting to make your caramel apples you will want to line your baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. This is where you will put your finished caramel apples to dry. 
  2. You will also want to wash and dry all your apples. Make sure the apples are free of wax/polish and thoroughly dry or the caramel will slip off. Be sure there is no water left on your apples that way the caramel will stick. 
  3. In a large saucepan on medium heat, you will want to stir the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix this until it is all combined together. 
  4. Bring your caramel to a boil and cook until your candy-thermometer reads 245 degrees Fahrenheit. This will take about 25 minutes so be patient. 
  5. You will want to continue to stir your caramel the whole time to prevent it from burning. 
  6. Once your caramel reaches 245 degrees things will move so quick do be sure to keep a close eye on things and just keep stirring. 
  7. After your caramel reaches 245 degrees remove it from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. 
  8. Once the vanilla is added you will want to immediately start dipping the apples in the caramel. 
  9. Move quickly when dipping because the caramel will start setting pretty quick! If the caramel does start to set just put it back on low heat to get it back to a dipping consistency. 
  10. Once the apple is dipped and the desired toppings are on the apple place on the baking sheet that has the parchment or wax paper and let them cool before you sink your teeth into them! 

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