Quick and easy caramel apple recipe
This quick and easy caramel apple recipe yields homemade caramel apples without buying a bottle of corn syrup, because I know you won't use it for any other reason. I'll teach you how to melt soft caramel candies into a sauce that's perfect for dipping apples into.
This simple no fuss caramel apple recipe makes holiday treat making so much fun and easy to enjoy (and clean up!) Once you're done dipping your caramel apples, you simply pour any left over caramel into a small jar and save for later. I made some caramel walnut banana bread with ours!
This is the type of recipe that brings the whole family around the kitchen, making memories and the most out of the season. Everyone will want to help make this delicious treat and enjoy it too.
Ingredients needed for quick and easy caramel apples
- Soft caramel candies, like this one
- Heavy cream
- Cinnamon sticks, if you want to use them as your candy stick, like we did in this post
Note: You can also use 6" traditional candy sticks, like these- but I think cinnamon sticks are both stronger and cuter!
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How to make quick and easy caramel apples
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Clean your apples, dry them well, add your cinnamon sticks (or candy sticks) in their center - core side, and place them on your lined baking sheet. Place apples on baking sheet in the freezer to chill. The cold apples and baking sheet will help the caramel set quickly and evenly.
- Add your caramels, heavy cream and salt into a small sauce pan. Turn heat on low, let them melt and stir occasionally. This takes about 5 minutes, so be patient and do not turn the heat up to speed up the process. Let them melt slowly.
- Once your caramel is melted and ingredients are well incorporated and stirred, dip your apples into the sauce pan, and then turn apples to allow caramel to drip back into the sauce pan.
- Place your apple upside down on the baking sheet to allow caramel to set. Place back into the refrigerator right away.
Tips for the best caramel apples:
- If caramel drips right off, allow caramel to cool and thicken slightly.
- Use very cold apples! When the caramel touches the cold apples, it solidifies quickly preventing your caramel for slipping right off
- Use apples that don't have waxy coat.
Make gourmet caramel apples at home:
It's all about the toppings! Here are our favorite ways to make gourmet caramel apples: