By Vanessa Greaves

These classic homemade Halloween goodies are tempting apples, indeed. But the biggest challenge to making them is getting the slippery, melted caramel to stick to the apple's slick surface. Here's what to do so they turn out party-perfect every time.

Caramel Apples

Photo by 4LEA

Apples: Clean, Cold, Dry

  • Choose firm apples with no soft spots or blemishes.
  • Wash and dry them thoroughly, remove the stem, and insert craft sticks.
  • Chill prepped apples in the freezer while you melt the caramel.

Caramel: Not Too Hot

  • Follow recipe directions to melt caramel in a bowl or measuring cup that's deep enough for dipping the apples.
  • Let melted caramel cool for a few minutes to thicken up. If caramel is too hot, it will slide right off the apple.

Dip It Good

  • Wipe down each apple one more time before dipping to remove any condensation from the fridge.
  • Holding the craft stick, dip the apple into the warm caramel, turning it for even coverage.
  • Gently rotate the apple after dipping to help the excess caramel drips roll back onto the apple.
  • Place dipped apples base-side down on waxed paper that's been coated with butter or oil.

Best Tips from the AR Community

  • If you want to decorate with bits of stuff, sprinkle just a little bit on the side facing you, and then gently press into the caramel. Don't roll it or push it into the toppings as that moves the caramel away from the apple and contributes to the puddle or very gloppy apples.LizzieBearCooks
  • I followed the advice of other raters, rolling the waxy apples in boiling water, wiping them down, putting the Popsicle sticks in them, then putting them in the freezer for 15
  • The suggestion from another reviewer to use the Pyrex measuring cup was great...made it easy to cover the whole apple.Margcamp
  • Like others I put my apples in the freezer while I melted my caramels and then put them back in the freezer for about 15 minutes. They set up great!kateandnatesmom

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