Sep 23, 2022, Updated Nov 01, 2022
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Caramel apples are a fall staple and are easy to make at home. This super simple recipe is one that your entire family will have fun creating together. The best part is that once you make your apples, you can customize them to your liking!
This recipe is Sponsored by SweeTango.
Whether you call them caramel apples or “carmel” apples, these are always a fall favorite!
If you are a fan of the fall, we’d be willing to bet you enjoy caramel apples. Sure you can pick them up at your local grocery store, farmers market or pumpkin patch. However, making your own at home is cheaper. Plus, your family can make them together and use your favorite toppings!
How do you keep caramel from sliding off the apples?
First, you want to make sure you wash and completely dry your apples. Any moisture or leftover water from the apples can prevent the caramel from sticking.
What is the difference between candy apples and caramel apples?
Candy apples have a hard candy coating that is made with sugar and corn syrup. A caramel apple is dipped in just that, caramel, whether store bought or homemade and can be topped with a plethora of toppings!
- Crushed Oreos
- Chopped nuts
- Crushed graham crackers
- Mini M&Ms
- Flaky sea salt
- Crushed pretzels
They are also delicious dipped in melted chocolate or white chocolate. You can also drizzle chocolate over the apples.
How do you get toppings to stick?
You need to ensure that the caramel is still hot so that any of the toppings that you are going to use will stick. As the caramel begins to cool, it will not allow toppings to stick to it. You want the temperature of the caramel to be between 160-180 degrees. Using a candy thermometer can help with this.
Produce Moms Tip: Make sure all of your toppings are ready to go before you melt the caramel.
How do I thin out the caramel?
If you are wanting to add toppings to your caramel apples, we suggest thinning the caramel out. To do this, simply add 2 tbsp of water, milk or heavy cream to the caramels before you microwave.
- SweeTango® apples
- Caramel square candies
- Heavy cream or water
- Various toppings
- Popsicle or candy sticks
How to Make Caramel Apples
Rinse and thoroughly dry the SweeTango® apples with a paper towel.
Insert a caramel apple stick. Have your toppings ready if you plan to dip your apples.
Line a 13 by 9-inch baking sheet or baking dish with a sheet of parchment paper, spray parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray and set in the fridge.
In a medium bowl, melt the caramels in :30 second increments. Be sure to stir in between.
Next, dip apples one at a time into caramel at an angle so it covers nearly to the top center. Then, rotate and turn to coat the apple. Lift the apple and let excess run off the bottom of the apple along the inside edge of the bowl to remove excess caramel. Finally, lift the apple and turn the apple upside down to let caramel run up the apple.
Immediately roll in toppings (or sprinkle with toppings) before caramel sets.
Turn apples upright and place on a prepared baking sheet in the fridge, repeat the process.
Allow caramel to set completely, at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
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Why We Chose SweeTango® Apples
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- 4 SweeTango® apples
- 11 oz. Caramels candy
- 2 Tbsp heavy cream optional
- Caramel apple sticks
- Rinse and thoroughly dry SweeTango® apples with a paper towel.
- Insert a caramel apple stick. Having toppings ready if you’ll be adding some to apples.
- Set up toppings if you plan to dip your caramel apples.
- Line a 13 by 9-inch baking sheet or baking dish with a sheet of parchment paper, spray parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray and set in the fridge.
- In a medium bowl, melt the caramels in :30 second increments. Be sure to stir in between.
- Dip apples one at a time into caramel on an angle so it covers nearly to the top center. Rotate and turn to coat apple. Lift apple and let excess run off run bottom of apple along inside edge of bowl to remove excess caramel. Lift apple and turn apple upside down to let caramel run up the apple
- Immediately roll in toppings (or sprinkle with toppings) before caramel sets.
- Turn apples upright and place on prepared baking sheet in fridge, repeat process.
- Allow caramel to set completely (at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.