Caramel Apple RecipeLast updated on 8/31/2021
Perfect for autumn festivals, concession stands, and Halloween markets, caramel apples delightfully combine classic fall flavors. These goodies satisfy sugar cravings, but they also feature a vitamin-packed seasonal fruit. Best of all, caramel apples are easy and inexpensive to make, giving you the potential for a high profit margin. Boost your fall sales with our professional caramel apple recipe and caramel apple video tutorial.Shop All Candy Apple Supplies
How to Make Caramel Apples
Make caramel apples by coating whole apples in caramel. Preparing caramel apples is easy, but waiting for the caramel to heat and cool is time consuming. The caramel takes 1-2 hours to melt and another 1-2 hours to dry. Block off enough time before getting started, and use a work space that accommodates multiple apples without bunching. For the perfect finishing touch, roll the apples in your customers' favorite fixings, such as nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate chips.
Caramel Apple Ingredients and Supplies
Caramel apples only require a handful of supplies, making them quick and easy to prepare. Here are the items you'll need to get started:
- Caramel apple sticks
- Caramel dip
- Crisp apples without a wax coating (or scrub before using to remove wax)
- Soup warmer
- Sheet pan
- Non-stick sheet pan liner
Large Batch Caramel Apple Recipe
Follow the simple steps in our easy caramel apple recipe to make a large batch of profitable fall treats.
Remove inset from soup warmer.
Add 32 oz. of water.
Preheat the soup warmer to medium-high heat.
Remove the label from the can of caramel dip.
Open the can and gently place it in the water bath.
Heat until the caramel temperature reaches 175-180 degrees Fahrenheit. This will take between 1-2 hours.
While the caramel heats, skewer your room-temperature apples.
Dip one apple at a time into the caramel.
Wait a few seconds for any excess caramel to drip off.
Place your caramel apples on a sheet pan covered with a non-stick liner.
Cool for 20 minutes.
Caramel Apple Toppings
If you want to upsell your caramel apples, simply roll the freshly coated apples in the toppings of your choice. While caramel apples with nuts are a classic, mix up your caramel apple flavors this fall with these fun toppings:
- Chocolate toppings
- Coconut flakes
- Cinnamon chips
- Nuts (peanuts, pecans, walnuts, or almonds)
- Mini marshmallows
Candy Apple Ideas
Looking for a gourmet caramel apple recipe? Try these candy apple ideas and make low-cost treats you can sell at specialty prices.
- Smores Candy Apple - mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, Graham cracker crumbs
- Apple Pie Candy Apple - crumb topping (serve in slices with vanilla ice cream to create an a la mode caramel apple)
- Cookie Monster Candy Apple - Oreo cookie pieces, Chips Ahoy cookie pieces, cookie dough topping
- Dutch Breakfast Candy Apple - Stroopwafel cookie pieces, chocolate-covered espresso beans
- Tutti Frutti Candy Apple - diced dried apricot, dried blueberry, dried cherries, coconut flakes, white chocolate drizzle
- Brigadeiro Candy Apple - mix cocoa powder into your caramel coating and roll dipped apples in chocolate sprinkles
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Apple - chopped peanut butter cups, chocolate sauce drizzle, Reese’s peanut butter sauce drizzle
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Tips for Making Caramel Apples
We provide tips for making caramel apples and answer common caramel apple making questions below.
Best Apples for Caramel Apples
Granny Smiths are the best apples for caramel apples because their tart flavor contrasts with sweet and creamy caramel. Other tart apple varieties that work well for caramel apples include pink lady apples, McIntosh apples, and Cortland apples. However, you can whatever apple variety you prefer.
Candy Apple vs Caramel Apple
The crucial difference between caramel apples and candy apples is their coating. Confectioners coat candy apples in a red sugar topping that hardens into a shell around the apple, and they dip caramel apples in a soft toffee or caramel coating that semi-hardens on the apple for a chewy consistency.
How to Store Caramel Apples
For short-term caramel apple storage outside of a refrigerator, the following methods will work:
- Cover your caramel apples with tin foil to protect them from dust and other elements.
- Wrap in cellophane.
- Place in a covered container or Tupperware. If transporting, use wax paper, which keeps your apples from touching and sticking together.
For long-term caramel apple storage, the following methods are best:
- Place in a container separated with wax paper
- Place in an airtight container
- Use individual plastic bags
- Avoid using plastic "cling" wrap for long-term storage, as it can leave a plastic taste on the caramel
Note: If storing in the freezer, it's essential to prevent air from touching the caramel apples, which can cause freezer burn. Always use an airtight receptacle when keeping caramel apples in the freezer.
How Do You Package Caramel Apples?
You need to package your caramel apples in a way that encourages impulse buys and doesn't strip the caramel off. For easy removal of your caramel apples, place wax paper circles on the bottom of your packaging to minimize sticking. Use ribbon, rubber bands, or twist ties to close the bags. If selling or serving in real time, you can place your caramel apples with the stick up onto cupcake cups, doilies, or wax paper.
These caramel apple packaging supplies keep your candied apples visible, transportable, and fresh.
How Long Do Caramel Apples Last?
Caramel apples last about two weeks in the refrigerator. You can store them in the freezer for about 10-12 months at their peak quality. If storing in the freezer, let the apples sit out for several hours before enjoying, so they have time to thaw.
Do Caramel Apples Need to Be Refrigerated?
If you won't eat the caramel apples within a few hours of making them, we recommend you store them in the refrigerator. This prevents the apples from over-ripening or softening.
How to Eat a Caramel Apple
You can eat a plain caramel apple by holding its stick and biting it. If the caramel apple has toppings, we suggest you cut it in half or in smaller pieces of four, six, or eight to prevent its toppings from falling off.
Allow refrigerated caramel apples to come to room temperature for about 20-45 minutes before eating them. If you stored the caramel apples in the freezer, allow the caramel apples to sit out for several hours. This ensures that the caramel coating will soften, making the apples easier to bite or cut.
How to Cut a Caramel Apple
With the stick facing up, cut your apple into as many pieces as desired. If cutting into eight pieces, the middle part will resemble a square from a bird's-eye view. You can also cut your apple in half, fourths or sixths.Back to Top
Caramel apples are an easy and cost-effective way to offer a seasonally appropriate treat at your town’s fall festival or football game. They pair perfectly with your favorite fall hard cider. Caramel apples are a classic that entices customers’ sense of nostalgia, so they’ll appeal to a wide range of guests!