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Caramel Apples Recipe

Caramel Apples Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Caramel Apples

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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."

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! :)"

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."

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"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"very good kids loved it"

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"

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"Really easy and very yummy!"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"very delish and easy to make!!"

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