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The Best Caramel Apples

The Best Caramel Apples Recipe


Delicious homemade caramel coats tart apples for a yummy treat made from scratch. Get everything ready ahead of time because dipping the apples in the hot caramel goes very fast once you start.


  • 8 large tart apples
  • 8 eaches wooden chopsticks for handles
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Dip apples in boiling water for a few seconds, then dry with paper towels to remove any wax from the peels. Set apples aside; when completely cool, insert a wooden chopstick firmly into the bottom of each apple for a handle.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Stir butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk together in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and reduce heat to medium. Cook until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees F (120 degrees C), 25 to 30 minutes; stir constantly to prevent burning. A teaspoon of the syrup, dropped in a glass of cold water, should form a firm ball. Remove caramel from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Working quickly, dip each apple into the hot caramel to completely coat the apple and about 1/2 inch of the wooden handle. Sprinkle apples with any desired toppings while still hot. Let caramel apples cool on the parchment paper. Use caution, caramel is very hot.

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Nutritional Information

The Best Caramel Apples

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 799.1
% Daily Value *
protein: 10 %
carbohydrates: 46 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 20 %
fat: 43 %
saturated fat: 87 %
cholesterol: 26 %
vitamin a iu: 19 %
niacin equivalents: 10 %
vitamin b6: 9 %
vitamin c: 18 %
folate: 3 %
calcium: 21 %
iron: 4 %
magnesium: 11 %
potassium: 14 %
sodium: 11 %
thiamin: 9 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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