Caramel Apples Recipe
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Caramel Apples Recipe

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Nothing tastes better at this time of year than a sweet-to-eat caramel apple! For our harvest fest, subscriber Karen Ann Bland of Gove, Kansas happily agreed to share her favorite recipe, including instructions on making caramel sauce. "That rich homemade flavor just can't be beat," she says.—Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 to 10 wooden sticks
  • 8 to 10 medium tart apples

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a heavy 3-qt. saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and milk; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until mixture reaches 248° (firm-ball stage) on a candy thermometer, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Insert wooden sticks into apples. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat. Set on waxed paper to cool. Yield: 8-10 apples.
Originally published as Caramel Apples in Country Woman September/October 1995, p22

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Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Very yummy! We had some left-overs, so we have been enjoying the caramel today! Thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"This was an accessible caramel recipe and was absolutely delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"The flavor of the caramel was wonderful. We rolled some in nuts, some in Heath bits, and some in chopped chocolate chips. Everything was great except the Heath bits;made it too sweet. This is a great recipe and I will make it again."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"You have to wash/spray apples in very hot water for a minute or 2 to get off waxy film from grocery store...then caramel will stick! :)"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"There is only one problem - how do you get the heavy spray off of the apples that they use to preserve them. The caramel will not stick of you don't get this off."

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