Ultimate Guide To Homemade Caramel Apples

This is the ultimate guide to homemade caramel apples! We’ve included tips on picking the perfect apples, different caramel options, and our favorite toppings. You’re going to love it!
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• 1 cup unsalted butter
• 1 (14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
• 1 cup corn syrup
• 2 cups brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• ¼ teaspoon salt


• 8-10 whole apples, Granny Smith, Fuji, or Honey Crisp


Homemade Caramel:

1️⃣ Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, pour in sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, and brown sugar.

2️⃣ Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture constantly over medium heat until it starts to simmer, scraping the sides and bottom regularly.

3️⃣ Once simmering, continue at a constant simmer, stirring constantly until caramel reaches the softball stage of 235- 240 F, with higher elevations using the lower temperature range, and lower elevations using the upper end of the range.

4️⃣ At the soft-ball stage, immediately remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and salt. May leave caramel in this pot or transfer to a small crock pot to help it stay warm as you dip apples.

Dipping Instructions:

1️⃣ Clean apples thoroughly. Use warm water and scrub to make sure all excess wax coating is removed.

2️⃣ Make sure apples are dry and at room temperature.

3️⃣ Push the skewers into the top of the apple where the stem used to be. Make sure the stick is on tight.

4️⃣ Gently press the apple into the pot of warm caramel and use a spoon to ladle the caramel around the apple so that the apple is evenly coated.

5️⃣ Let any excess caramel drip back into the pot and use a spoon to get any excess off the apple. Tip the apple upside down while the caramel continues to set for a few moments.

6️⃣ Place the caramel dipped apples on a parchment lined cookie sheet.


1️⃣ Press in larger toppings while the caramel is still warm.

2️⃣ If double-dipping the caramel apples into chocolate, let the apple first cool completely.

3️⃣ Melt chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each session. Dip, scrape excess, and flip apple upside down until set.

Recipe Notes:

Topping Suggestions:

White Chocolate
Milk Chocolate
Reese’s Pieces
Coconut Flakes
Cinnamon Sugar
Chopped Nuts
Oreo Crumbles
Toffee Bits

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