Crisp fall apples, bathed in delicious, gooey caramel — it’s a Halloween delight you simply must make this year!

The good news is that they’re super easy to make and tons of fun to personalize. Dip them in crushed nuts, candy or Oreos then decorate with drizzles of white or milk chocolate.  The combos are endless.

These goodies will rival those fabulous gourmet caramel apples you see in candy store windows — but you can enjoy them for a fraction of the cost. Make them as favors for your Halloween party or as a sweet treat on Oct. 31 for the whole office.

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Classic Caramel Apples Recipe


  • 8 large tart apples (I like Granny Smith)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

What you will need

  • 8 wooden chopsticks
  • Candy thermometer
  • 8 fun straws (optional)
  • Toppings like chopped pecans or peanuts, sprinkles, crushed Oreos, mini chocolate chips, toasted coconut, crushed pretzels, Graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows, etc.


  1. Boil a large pot of water. Dip apples into boiling water for 5-10 seconds then wipe completely dry with soft towel (to remove any wax that may have been added to peels for shipping or shine purposes). Set apples aside to cool completely.
  2. Insert a wooden chopstick firmly into the bottom of each apple. Set aside.
  3. Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper.
  4. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk and stir. Bring the mixture to a boil — stirring constantly — then reduce heat to medium. Use candy thermometer to determine when mixture reaches 248ºF (120ºC) — or about 25 minutes — stirring constantly.
  5. Remove caramel from heat. Add vanilla extract and stir.
  6. Dip and swirl the apples into the hot caramel sauce. Allow a few seconds for some of the excess to run off. Sprinkle with any toppings desired while caramel is still hot. Set finished apples on parchment paper to dry.
  7. Optional: Slice fun straws up the center and use to dress up your wooden chopstick. Just be sure to lodge the straw deep into the caramel to help hold it in place.

Tip: You’re going to want to move quickly when dipping the apples in the caramel! Also, use caution when making this recipe as caramel is extremely hot!

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Also see, crispy apple chip recipe.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.