My kids have been bugging me to make caramel apples this year, so this last weekend I bit the bullet and did it. I thought it would be a big, drawn out mess and time suck. Turns out making caramel apples is easy as can be and quite satisfying. Plus they look so pretty when they are done!!!
Now, if you are looking for homemade caramel, Subtle Nuances has a tasty looking recipe. But the caramels you can buy in the store have a relatively natural ingredient list. So in the interest of making these fast, I just used those.
So… this is technically not a recipe, but more “instructions”. Because if you have time to make your own homemade candies, you must be a much better time manager than I.
Store bought caramel candies (like Kraft)
Apples (we used Gala and Honeycrisp – which were perfect!)
Sprinkles and toppings of your choice: mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, candy sprinkles, crushed ginger snaps, mini M&Ms, gummy worms, etc.
Make some space in your fridge for a tray of apples – they will need to go in there asap, or the caramel will droop all over the place.
Melt the caramels in a small pan – this way the candy will be deeper and easier to dip the apples into.
Wash and completely dry your apples. Stick popsicle sticks into the tops, and place them on a tray covered with waxed paper. The finished apples still stick to this a lot, so you may want to butter the paper or spray with cooking spray.
Once the caramel is melted, start dipping the apples!
Tilt the pan a bit to get the tops of the apples covered.
The lift it up and let the excess candy drip off back into the pan.
Scrape off the excess on the bottom and place it onto your waxed paper tray. Be sure to leave plenty of room between the apples – they are a little like velcro and love to stick to each other.
Get a few done and get them into the fridge to cool the caramel more quickly. They need to be in there for at least 10 minutes so they are not sticky to the touch.
To dip the caramel apples in sprinkles, it’s easiest to set up a few bowls with different tasty tidbits in them.
Then simply dip away!
I have to say that the ugliest and hardest to eat apples were the ones dipped in crushed ginger snaps – but OMG they were soooo good!
Keep an eye on your finished apples – they tend to disappear when you aren’t looking.