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


  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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IslandWife User ID: 6007790 237430
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

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

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 17731
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

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

deanne1954 User ID: 2543440 45582
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."

halonwngs User ID: 6333971 43020
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! :)"

ARLENE KIEPERT User ID: 4461185 17729
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."

gone.campin User ID: 1130871 38206
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"Followed the recipe except I chopped some peanuts to roll them in - they didn't stick to the wax paper that way. Caramel was perfect, not hard, not too soft. My family loves them and I will be making these again! :)"

kcapplegirl User ID: 2935766 201919
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"The caramel for this recipe if awful. It was so hard there was no biting into the apple. And they certainly did stick to the wax paper. Bad recipe. Don't waste your time or money."

ToshaCu User ID: 3087554 18547
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"These were yummy and I would make them again. I did have 1 problem though. The wax paper would not come off the bottom. So I had to warn everybody that tried them that there were pieces stuck to the bottom"

paula53 User ID: 2542657 43019
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"very good kids loved it"

bearcub1 User ID: 5294415 39039
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"Besides dipping in caramel, try dipping in Melted milk chocolate, then rolling them in crushed nuts..sometimes I will drizzle a little melted white chocolate or roll in sprinkles. What ever your imagination can think of , do it.. Its fun trying new things to use"

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