Homemade Caramel Apples!

I love apple season!  Apple season brings my love for caramel apples.  I always become disappointed in the caramel apples that I purchase because of the apple that they use.  So I decided to make my own homemade caramel apples this season.

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My favorite apple of all time is the honeycrisp apple.  Have you tried this apple?  If you have not, you must go out NOW and get them.

ingredients for homemade caramel apples

See those babies in the back, they may not look like much, but they pack a tasty punch.   I understand that honeycrisp apple consumption is on the rise and not all areas have these tasty treats.  I think I had my first honeycrisp apple four years ago and I always look forward to apple season as we are not able to get these apples year round yet.  I know get on with the homemade caramel apple recipe.

using a double boiler to melt the caramel for apples


The biggest challenge was taking off the wrappers from the caramel candy.

homemade caramel apple recipe


I like to use a double boiler for melting caramel and chocolate, you have more control over the process.  I found recipes to melt the caramel in the microwave, which is faster, but I will take the old fashion method.

caramel is ready for dipping the apples


Doesn’t that apple just look so happy surrounded by all of that caramel?

Homemade Caramel Apples!
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Designed Decor
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Serves: 5
  • 5 apples
  • 1 lb. store-bought caramel candies
  • 2 Tbl. water
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 5 wooden skewers
  • Fall sprinkles
  1. Begin by washing the apples and removing their stems and labels. Stick the wooden skewers securely into the stem end of the apples. Boil some water in the bottom of the double boiler. Unwrap the caramel, 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. Dip the apples one at a time into the melted caramel and evenly coat them. Dip the tops into the chopped peanuts, and place each apple in a cupcake paper. Chill the apples in the fridge until the caramel is set.





You could mix the sprinkles with the chopped peanuts.  You must add the sprinkles on very quickly before the caramel begins to harden.  I had a hard time getting the sprinkles to stick.

homemade caramel apples recipe

Making the perfect  Caramel Apple Tips:  Here are a few tips to avoid the Caramel Apple Melt.

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Lightly sandpaper your apples, then wash and dry completely.  You remove the wax on the apple by sandpapering the apple.

After you have  dipped and decorated your apples, set in the refrigerator to help set the carmel.




Have you tried a honeycrisp apple?  If you have what do you think about them? Please leave me a comment on your other favorite types of apples.

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recipe adapted from about.com

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