It’s finally October and the beginning of my favorite time of year! Decorating for Halloween, baking delicious pumpkin-flavored treats, and spending time with family and friends. Want to make this time of year even sweeter? Why not give this caramel apple recipe a go? Yes, you can buy pre-made caramel apples at the store, but where’s the fun in that? Not to mention, when making your own, you decide what toppings to use. If you don’t see your favorite topping listed in my recipe, just substitute your favorite topping in step six of the recipe.
What Are the Best Apples For Making Carmel Apples?
Unlike baking a pie, I don’t think there is a wrong apple to use when it comes to making candied apples. I believe that Granny Smith apples are usually used to balance out the tartness of the apples with the sweetness of the caramel, and toppings. But if you prefer Honey Crip, Galla, Fuji, or my personal favorite, Pink Ladies, go for it! There are no “caramel apple police” the last time I checked! Don’t forget to get the kiddos involved. Yes, it might mean a bit more mess, but that’s what memories are made of. Believe me, before you know it, you’ll be longing for these days, so make the most of them while you can!
Caramel Apple Topping Ideas
As you can tell, I like mixing things up. I don’t always take the traditional path when it comes to my caramel apples recipe. Don’t get me wrong, I love a juicy apple, covered with gooey caramel and crunchy peanuts as much as anybody. Yet, I also enjoy playing around with other flavors; toffee being my favorite! Mini M&M’s might be a bit too sweet for my taste, but kids love them and they sure look festive. Some like adding sprinkles, but I’ve never been a sprinkle-kind of girl. Rather, I prefer toasted coconut, Reese’s pieces, crushed pretzel pieces, and drizzled chocolate. Now tell me about your favorite topping.
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Easy caramel apples recipe with various topping options.
- 1 tsp. butter
- 5 medium Granny Smith apples
- 1/2 cup toffee bits
- 1/2 cup mini M&M's
- 1/2 cup butterfinger bits
- 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
- 1 11 oz. bag Kraft caramels
Remove the stem from the apples and insert a popsicle or reusable treat stick into the top.
Place a piece of wax paper over a cookie sheet and butter; set aside.
Dip apples, one at a time, into boiling water for 10 seconds; wipe dry. This process helps to remove the wax off the apples, which in turn helps the caramel to stick to the apples.
Place the toppings (toffee bits, mini M&M's, butterfinger bits, and chopped peanuts) into their own individual bowls.
Unwrap the caramels and add to a small saucepan, along with 2 tablespoons of water. Place over low heat and allow to melt, stirring frequently.
Dip apples, one at a time, into the caramel sauce; turn to coat. Quickly dip into topping of choice, while turning. If there are bare spots, fill with additional topping.
Place apples on waxed paper and allow to set.
Nutrition info is for a plain caramel apple, due to variations in toppings.