Fall is here and you know what that means. . Caramel Apples! Learn how to make a perfect caramel apple with just a few simple and easy steps. I will walk you through how easy it is to create that caramel dipped apple you know and love.
Decorate your apples how you would like. Dipped in chocolate, topped with mini chocolate chips, M&M’s, nuts, etc. Feel free to get creative and make a creative candy apple.
Why Make This Caramel Apple Recipe
- 3 Ingredients Needed
- Quick to Make
- Simple Steps
- Delicious Apples
- Decorate To Your Liking
Ingredients You Need
Apples – Any flavor of apples you would like for this will work. I went with green apples but feel free to change it up to whatever you prefer in terms of flavor of the apples.
Water – I recommend filtered water.
Caramel Bits – You will find these in the baking aisle. They are little caramel balls that you will melt down and use as the caramel for dipping.
Apple Sticks – You will want to make sure to use apple sticks, to ensure the apples stay stuck on the sticks as you dip. Others use popsicle sticks.
Toppings – This is optional! But you can drizzle with chocolate, add M&M’s, chopped nuts, crushed cookies, and more. The options are endless.
Why Wax Apples Before Making Caramel Apples
There is a wax on the outside of the apples. Washing the apples helps to remove the waxy coating. If you skip this step the caramel will slide right off the apple and not stick on it.
How to Make The Candies Not Slide Down On Apples
I find freezing the apples for 1 minute after dipped helps to set the caramel up enough that when I go to decorate the candies stay in the same spot. It helps to make sure they don’t slide down on the apple.
If your caramel is super hot you can let it sit for 2 minutes and then try.
- Mini M&M’s – Christmas themed if you want for holiday
- Crushed Oreo Cookies
- Peanuts or other chopped Nuts
- Drizzle of White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Etc.
- Coconut Flakes
- Graham Cracker Crumbs
- Cereal like Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, etc.
Storing Caramel Apples
You might think you can store apples at room temperature once dipped, but they do need to be refrigerated to prevent growth of bacteria. Just place in a container that is airtight or covered, and refrigerate for 4-5 days. You will find candy dipped apples are best within the first day or two of being made.
How to Slice A Caramel Apple
Take a knife and slice around an inch away from the center of the stick. Once you slice down then you can slice into wedges, and serve it up. This will help you avoid getting into the seeds. If you happen to cut too close to stick just cut out the seeds in the center.
- 6-8 apples
- 2 bags kraft karamel nibs
- 4 tbsp water
- candy melts, M&Ms, assorted toppings as desired
- Wilton Caramel Apple Sticks
- Wash apples and dry completely. Put apples in freezer for 5 minutes. This will help the apples to be very cool and the caramel to not drip down on the apple.
- Place sticks in apples. I like to leave the stem in because I think it looks nice! Also, I like using the Wilton brand apple sticks, because they're pointy on one side and really easy to place in the apple.
- Furthermore, I like using the caramel nibs, instead of unwrapping caramel candy. Since they're smaller pieces of caramel, they also melt more evenly, too. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt caramel nibs and water for four minutes, stirring every minute. Let cool for one minute.
- Stir again. If you don't stir again, it will be watery on top and the caramel will slide right down the apple!
- Dip the apples at an angle and place in the freezer for one minute before adding M&Ms.
- This will enable the caramel to set so the M&Ms won't slide down the apple.
- Continue decorating as desired, either with melted candy melts, crushed nuts, coconut, Reese's, crushed Oreos, or whatever you desire!
- I also like to add a ribbon on top, if it's a gift, but you don't have to do that! I think it adds a nice pop of color, though!