Carnival Caramel Apples Recipe
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Carnival Caramel Apples Recipe

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With four kids (one child whose birthday is November 1), we celebrate Halloween in style around our house. These caramel apples are a tried-and-true favorite year after year. —Gail Prather, Bethel, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • Dash salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 10 to 12 Popsicle sticks
  • 10 to 12 medium tart apples, washed and dried
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 526 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 94 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter; add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  2. Insert Popsicle sticks into apples. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat. Dip bottom of apples into peanuts. Place on greased waxed paper until set. Yield: 10-12 apples.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Carnival Caramel Apples in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p244

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 526 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 94 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"This does not even deserve a star it was liquid it never set up it wouldnt stick to the apples nothing just a gritty runny sauce not even thick enough for dipping or anything"

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2014

"I have been looking for a "from scratch" caramel apple recipe for ages now and this one is above my expectations. It was easy and the end result were delicious caramel apples that were gone in a flash!. I will definitely be using more of your recipes! Thanks."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"This caramel is AMAZING. It's exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to dip fruit instead of make caramel apples so I did not cook it to 248 degrees (more like 200) & it is the most perfect consistency for dipping. YUM!!! Will make again & again."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"I loved making these they were delicious"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"This was the easiest caramel apple recipe ever with superb results. I also only let my candy thermometer reach 240 as it was the perfect consistency ."

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