October really is one of my favorite months out of the year because it brings in Fall and all things Fall related. One of my favorites: caramel apples! Who doesn’t love caramel apples?! They’re sweet and crisp and the perfect treat for everyone, with an unlimited amount of ways to dress them up! I’ve been making these every Fall since I was little but these fancied up versions aren’t just for kids anymore. Invite your friends over and have everyone bring one topping to share. I recommend granny smith apples but really any apple works. Just be sure they’re washed and totally dried or the caramel won’t stick.
I made three types: regular caramel apples, an apple pie version and a Take 5 candy bar version. To start you’ll want to cover all your apples in caramel and set them on wax paper, parchment paper or non-stick baking sheets.
For all the caramel and chocolates you can either melt everything over the stove or in the microwave. If you’re with a group of people, over the stove may actually work better so that you can keep the burners on low while everyone covers their apples. All you need to make the caramel is a little milk/cream and a few packages of caramel squares. I used 1-1/3 packages for 6 apples and I used up all the caramel.
Combine the caramel and cream over medium-low heat and stir until totally melted. Stab the sticks into the apples and then dip the apples into the caramel. Make sure the caramel has slightly cooled, if it’s still super hot then the caramel will just drip right off of your apples. You’ll want to dip the apples on their side and roll them to completely coat. Let the excess caramel drip off, and then hold it upside down to let it coat and cool. Set the apples on parchment paper to let the caramel set.
Apple Pie Caramel Apple
My sister made these apple pie caramel apples years ago and they’re delicious, and so easy to make! It’s a layer of caramel, then a layer of white chocolate then a topping of brown sugar cinnamon. Yummmmy!
When the caramel has had time to set, roll them in some melted white chocolate. It actually worked a little easier to get a spatula and sort of spoon the white chocolate over the caramel. When it’s completely coated, hold the apple over a bowl of brown sugar and cinnamon and use your fingers to sprinkle the mixture over the white chocolate. Completely cover the white chocolate and then set it on a non-stick mat. The brown sugar cinnamon mixture is about 1 part cinnamon to 6 parts brown sugar. Do a taste test to see what you like! (you only need about 1 tablespoon of mixture per apple.)
Take 5 Caramel Apple
One of my favorite candy bars is the Take 5 bar. I love that you get a little bit of everything in one candy bar – chocolate, caramel, peanuts and pretzels, so that’s exactly how I made my apples. A layer of caramel, dunked into a mixture of chopped pretzels and peanuts with chocolate drizzled over.
After the caramel has had a minute to set, plop it into a bowl of chopped peanuts and pretzels. Press it lightly into the crumbs so that they really stick into the caramel. Then drizzle melted chocolate over the whole apple – you can use whatever chocolate you prefer, milk, semi-sweet or dark, etc. Make sure it’s really warm so that it drizzles over easy.
Set the apples on the baking sheet and then stick all the apples into the fridge. This will allow all the toppings to completely set which will make them so much easier to eat.
Slice up the apples and enjoy! They’re seriously amazing!! You can use whatever toppings you like, any kind of candy bar, mini m&m’s, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, graham cracker crumbs, Oreo crumbs, anything! Have fun with it. They can last in the fridge covered up for another day. I’ve never tested to see if they last longer than that, mostly because they get gobbled up too quickly.
- 1-1/3 package caramels, unwrapped
- 3 T heavy cream, or milk
- 6 granny smith apples
- 6 popsicle sticks
- Stab a popsicle stick into each granny smith apple.
- Melt caramels and cream over medium low heat until completely melted and smooth
- Dip apples into caramel mixture to completely coat, set on parchment paper to set.
- melted white chocolate
- brown sugar and cinnamon mixture (6 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon)
- mini chocolate chips
- melted chocolate
- chopped pretzels and peanuts
- shredded coconut
- crushed candy bars
- etc, etc.