Caramel Apples

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.


16 servings (8 apples)

Updated: Nov. 22, 2023
Who doesn’t love a good gooey caramel apple? Make a double batch because these treats always go fast! —Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas


  • 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 wooden sticks
  • 8 medium tart apples
  • Unsalted peanuts, chopped, optional


  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, 30-40 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  2. Insert wooden sticks into apples. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat. Set on waxed paper to cool. If desired, roll bottoms of dipped apples into chopped peanuts.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 apple: 388 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (65g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.