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Caramel Apples

An easy recipe to make homemade caramel apples from scratch
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Apples, Homemade Caramel Apples
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 390kcal


  • Candy Thermometer


  • 6 large apples
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and set aside.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry the apples.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat stir the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk until combined.
  • Bring to a boil stirring constantly and cook until a candy-thermometer read 245 degrees.
  • Remove from heat and stir-in vanilla extract.
  • Dip each apple into the hot caramel and immediately add toppings if desired.
  • Place on prepared baking sheet and allow to cool before serving.


  • The caramel will take about 25 minutes to reach desired temperature.  It is important to stir it constantly in order to prevent it from burning. 
  • Once the caramel reaches 245 degrees things will move very quickly so keep a close eye on things.
  • Move quickly when dipping the apples.  If the caramel is setting too quickly put the caramel back on low heat
  • Have fun with your toppings!  Try sprinkles, nuts, decorative sugar, chocolate drizzle,  cookie crumbs, etc.
  • Make sure the apples are free of wax/polish and thoroughly dry or the caramel will slip off.


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1066IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg