If you are craving a carnival treat but there's no carnival in sight, don't worry. Caramel apples are easy to make at home! This recipe is fast and simple, so it's perfect to whip up when you're short on time, or for little kids to help with. Next time you go to the grocery store, stock up on wooden skewers or popsicle sticks. That way, you'll always have them on hand for the next time you want to make this sweet treat.
A fun fall party idea is to have a customized caramel apple bar. This could be a great activity after a day of apple picking. If you don't have apple picking in your plans, purchase enough apples for everyone. Set up a variety of apple toppings and then let your guests decorate their apple based on their favorite treats. Write each person's name on a popsicle stick and use that stick to identify each person's apple.
- 5 red apples (ripe)
- 1 pound soft caramels (store-bought)
- 2 tablespoons water
- Optional: 1/2 cup peanuts (chopped)
- 5 wooden skewers
Gather the ingredients.
Begin by washing the apples and removing their stems.
Stick the wooden skewers securely into the stem end of the apples.
If you are using them, place the chopped peanuts in a bowl large enough to hold an apple.
Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
Boil water in the bottom of the double boiler.
Unwrap the caramels and place them in the top of the double boiler with the two tablespoons of water.
Place the pan with the candies over the boiling water. Let them heat up, and stir them gently until they are completely heated and smooth.
Remove the caramels from the heat. Dip the apples one at a time into the melted caramel and coat them.
Dip the bottoms of the apples into the chopped peanuts (or your selected topping), and place each apple onto the foil-lined baking sheet.
Chill the apples in the fridge until the caramel is set.
Serve and enjoy!
- This recipe calls for chopped peanuts as the topping. This is optional. Use any topping you like (or keep the apples plain with just caramel). Just remember to chop up any topping, so you aren't eating huge bites of your chosen topping.
- Once you've learned the basic recipe, it's easy to customize the apples. There are so many ways to make unique caramel apples. You can dunk them in chocolate, dip them in peanuts, or top them with sprinkles, coconut, or your favorite chopped candy bars!
- Try using different types of apples. As long as they are ripe and good for eating out of hand, the caramel apples will taste delicious. If the caramel apples are part of a dessert bar, you can use smaller or mini apples and just make a lot of them.