October is finally here and apple-picking is in full swing! Nothing beats the taste and crunch of fresh-picked apples, still crisp from swinging on a branch on a cool fall morning. Along with making apple cobbler, apple crisp, applesauce, and a host of other apple delights, try this easy recipe for Homemade Caramel Apples with a variety of fun, festive toppings. It’s the perfect treat for kids and adults alike!
To clean the apples, scrub them briskly but carefully in hot water and set aside to dry completely. I like to choose both red and green apples for both varying color and taste. Red Delicious apples are sweet like the caramel sauce while Granny Smith have a tart bite. All types of apples will be delicious here, so go wild at your local orchard (or grocery store). I used chopsticks for the handles in my apples although Popsicle sticks work just fine, too.
Find my easy recipe for Homemade Caramel Sauce at the end of this post. Make a batch and keep it warm. If you’d rather not have your guests hovering over your stovetop during the caramel-dipping process, transfer the sauce to a crockpot in advance and keep an eye on the consistency so it stays warm and pliable.
Arrange a variety of tasty and colorful toppings such as coated chocolate candies, crushed pretzels, toasted shredded coconut, chopped nuts, sliced almonds, chocolate chips, and sprinkles. There are no rules and the sky is the limit, so choose your favorites and get creative!
Once you have swirled an apple into the warm caramel sauce, you’ll only have about 30 seconds to apply the topppings before the caramel begins to set. Working quickly, roll the caramel-covered apple into a bowl or on to a plate full of the desired topping. Set aside on wax paper coated with nonstick spray and cool until set.
Perfect for a fall party or Halloween, DIY Caramel Apples are sure to please. With very little work on your part, you can put together a gorgeous activity that doubles as a delicious treat, sure to please kids of all ages!
Homemade Caramel Apples
– ½ cup butter, cubed
– 1 cup white sugar
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1 cup corn syrup
– ½ tsp. salt
– 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk.
– 2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
– 12 chopsticks or Popsicle sticks
– 12 apples, washed and dried
Assorted toppings such as sliced almonds, chopped nuts, candy pieces, toasted shredded coconut, sprinkles, and crushed pretzels.
– Line a baking sheet or a large cutting board with wax paper and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
– In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in sugars, corn syrup, and salt.
– Bring a boil and stir in sweetened condensed milk.Boil until the caramel reaches the firm-ball stage, 248°F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and lemon juice.
– Meanwhile, insert sticks into apples. Dip each apple into the hot caramel mixture, rotating until evenly coated, and immediately roll in toppings as desired. Arrange on wax paper and cool until set.
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