Caramel Apples Recipe

Candy · Desserts · Holidays · October 8, 2013

How to make Perfect Caramel Apples { } Great tips to get the yummiest & prettiest caramel apple!

I LOVE (like super-duper LOVE) Caramel Apples.

They are heaven on earth for me! And every time we go somewhere like Disneyland or on vacation, they are pretty much a “MUST-PURCHASE” item. We usually buy one for the whole family to slice up and share, and I’m happy to say my love for caramel apples has officially been passed down to the kids. I was happy, of course, when they request caramel apples for a Family Night Dessert last week. How could I say no to that? I’ve made them a ton in the past but have never been super happy with how they turned out. I did quite a bit of research and practicing and have now come up with some great Tips for the Perfect Caramel Apples Recipe.

Here is what you’ll need to do make some delicious Caramel Apples!


How to make Perfect Caramel Apples { } Great tips to get the yummiest & prettiest caramel apple!

1. Begin by washing your apples and letting them dry completely. This will help remove the wax that is on the apple skin allowing the caramel to stick on better.

*NOTE: I purchased some smaller golden delicious apples from Walmart because the big ones are overwhelming (unless you are slicing them up). They were the perfect size for the kids (and for me) and worked out great!

How to make Perfect Caramel Apples { } Great tips to get the yummiest & prettiest caramel apple!

2. Remove your stems and add your skewers or sucker sticks. Wilton has some AWESOME lollipop sticks right now that are polka dot and striped. I found the ones above at my local Walmart and also found ones that were red too. I also saw orange and black Wilton sucker sticks at my local Kroger/Fry’s that I purchased. They are so fun, sturdy, and totally do the trick. I stuck mine in about an inch or two.

I placed my apples on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerated for a few hours. This was the first time I had ever done that and I was so happy I did. Refrigerating them helps the caramel to cool quicker making less run off. Worked like a charm!

Lollipop Sticks

I also found the sticks in the different colors on Amazon if you can’t find them at your local stores:

Wilton 1912-4000 Colored Lollipop Sticks, Blue/Green
Wilton 1912-5000 30 Count Colored Lolli Stick, Orange and Black
Wilton 1912-4001 Colored Lollipop Sticks, Pink/Purple
Wilton 1912-4003 Colored Lollipop Sticks, Black
Wilton 1912-4003 Colored Lollipop Sticks, Black

Brachs caramels

How to make Perfect Caramel Apples { } Great tips to get the yummiest & prettiest caramel apple!

{See how little caramel rolled off!! PERFECT!}

3. You really can’t go wrong with Brach’s Milk Maid Caramels. They are so yummy and so easy to use. They call for a few tablespoons of water and Double Boiler, but I don’t have one of those. I just ended up unwrapping the caramels and mixing them on LOW heat on the stove, stirring them the entire time. I stirred until they were the perfect consistency, and it worked great!

*NOTE: Even though I had lots of apples, I melted the caramels one bag at a time because I wanted to make sure it worked out and that the caramel stayed hot for the entire process. It starts to cool after awhile, so I was glad I did just one bag at a time because all the apples at once would have been overwhelming and probably wouldn’t have gone on as pretty.

How to make Perfect Caramel Apples { } Great tips to get the yummiest & prettiest caramel apple!

How to make Perfect Caramel Apples { } Great tips to get the yummiest & prettiest caramel apple!

4. From there I refrigerated the apples again to help them stay cool. I then poured all the toppings I wanted in bowls (crushed oreos, sprinkles, etc.) Then, I melted some White Candy Coating by placing them in a pan with low heat and stirring the entire time. Then I took the caramel apples out of the refrigerator and dipped them in the candy coating, then the candy (oreos and sprinkles) and placed them on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I put them back in the fridge to set up and then took them out about half hour before serving! PERFECTION!
How to make Perfect Caramel Apples { } Great tips to get the yummiest & prettiest caramel apple!


1. Wash apples to tax off wax so caramel sticks better.

2. Remove stems and add skewers/sticks.

3. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

4. Melt caramels and water by continuously stirring on LOW heat.

5. Dip cold apples in caramel and place back on parchment paper. Refrigerate again.

6. Dip in melted chocolate or white chocolate and dip in candy or sprinkles.

7. Refrigerate again and take out half hour before serving.

I’m happy to say that these Caramel Apples were devoured so quickly and happily!

You can obviously modify it to your liking (no chocolate, different candies, etc.)

My kids have already asked for them again, and I can’t wait to make them so more this fall.

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wowwww…….rico!rico!!!saludos de Espaรฑa!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lil' Luna

    THANK YOU!!!


Yummy!!! It’s that time of year….caramel apples!! Love the ones with the oreos!!

    Lil' Luna

    Oh boy, those ones were my favorite!! The kids all went for the apples with sprinkles and most of the adults that were here went for the ones with Oreos. YUM!!


These look great Kristyn! I’m going to make some for my kids’ carnival birthday party this weekend. Any idea about how many apples you got out of each bag of caramels? I’m trying to decide how many bags of caramels I’m going to need for 2 dozen apples.
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    Lil' Luna

    They will be perfect for the carnival!! I wanted to make sure there was a good amount of caramel on each apple and got about 6-7 (and these were smaller apples) covered with each bag. Looks like you’ll need about 4 bags. Hope that helps!

Michelle @ The Ribbon Retreat

Yummy in my tummy! Thanks Kristyn! These look amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lil' Luna

    Thank you, Michelle! And thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I needed to see this post last week. We just made come caramel apples, and I totally needed you tips! I guess we’ll try again. I’m in love with the sticks you used- they add the perfect touch to your apples. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great weekend!
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    Lil' Luna

    You definitely need to make them again because they are just too good not to!! I hope these tips help out. Have a great week! XO


Oh my goodness. Caramel apples are my favorite too! When ever I’m travelling, I always buy them at the airport, it’s tradition.
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    Lil' Luna

    I think that sounds like a MARVELOUS tradition!!


Great project !!

I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

Look forward to seeing you there ๐Ÿ™‚

Claire x
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Your caramel apples look GREAT!! What brand of chocolate di you use?

    Lil' Luna

    I used Plymouth Pantry Almond Bark, and it worked perfectly!


Well, Kristyn, I made the apples. Come and check out my post on the whole experience. LOL
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    Lil' Luna

    You had me laughing. I’m so sorry it was a bit complicated. They turned out great though!! Way to go!


If you used a double boiler (or a glass bowl over simmering water) if would be much easier to keep the caramel warm while dipping.


Where did you end up finding brachs caramels? I don’t want to be running all over an be able to get the good caramel for our apples! Thanks!

    Lil' Luna

    I’ve seen them at every grocery store. They are either in the baking aisle by the chocolate chips or in the candy section. Right now, with Halloween, they may be in the Halloween candy section. ๐Ÿ™‚

Erin @ Strawberry Mommycakes

This is my go to fall dessert! I love them!!!
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    Lil' Luna

    I’m right there with ya!! I LOVE Caramel Apples!!

Chelsea Day

Love it! If you haven’t linked up yet, come share your project on Teach Me Tuesday:

Amy @ Homey Oh My!

Hi Kristyn! Love these caramel apples and the lollipop sticks are so cute!
I included them in my Halloween ideas round-up posted on my blog today ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a great weekend!


thanks for the tips. i’ve never made before and we decided to attempt and it was a disaster. we had more caramel off the apples than on. we are definatly going to try again using your tips.

    Lil' Luna

    I hope they help!! I’ve made them in the past as well without much success, but was able to make good ones with these tips I researched out. ๐Ÿ™‚


How long does it take for the caramel to set? Does it ever really get hard?

    Lil' Luna

    It never got really hard for us and ended up being the perfect caramel consistency. ๐Ÿ™‚


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How long do you think these would keep? I’m making a ton for a trunk-or-treat.

    Lil' Luna

    I always make the day of but think a day in advance would be fine. ๐Ÿ˜‰


These look awesome! I’m making them for a party this weekend and am wondering how far in advance I can make them? Do they keep well overnight in the fridge?

    Lil' Luna

    I think a night would be fine, but not much more than that. ๐Ÿ˜‰


      How much water do you add for each bag of caramel?

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