These dessert-worthy apples are tempting indeed, combining two of fall's best bites: crisp, juicy apples and silky, chewy caramel.

By Vanessa Greaves
Updated September 22, 2020
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Try this recipe for Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are surprisingly easy to make — if you know how to get the the slippery caramel to adhere to the apple's slick surface. Read on to get tips to make old-fashioned caramel apples so you can treat your loved ones to this sweet, sticky indulgence.

Top Tips to Make Caramel Apples

Apples: Clean, Cold, Dry

  • Choose firm apples with no soft spots or blemishes.
  • Wash and dry them thoroughly, remove the stem, and insert a craft stick into the stem end.
  • 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 and wide 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

  • Working one at a time, wipe down an apple once more with a dry towel 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 minutes.TheMeadow.artfire.com
  • 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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