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18 Delicious Apple Desserts: Caramel Apples

The caramel for these homemade caramel apples is easy to make and is rich, creamy, gooey and not over-the-top sweet. Try this recipe, or any of the other apples desserts shared in this post.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract make homemade vanilla
  • 8 small apples
  • 1/2 cup crushed salted peanuts optional


  • Prepare a cookie sheet with a lightly buttered sheet of parchment, set aside.
  • In a 2-quart saucepan, melt the butter, then add the brown sugar, corn syrup, honey and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture starts to boil. This can take about 10 minutes.
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 238°F on a Candy Thermometer.
  • Once the caramel reaches the right temperature, remove from the heat and allow it to cool to about 200°F. It will begin to thicken as it cools. It should be thin enough to coat the apple, but thick enough to cling to the fruit.
  • While the caramel is cooling, stick the Lollipop or popsicle sticks into the apple. Make sure they are deep enough that they won’t fall out while you are dipping the apples in the caramel.
  • Dip the apples into the caramel. I like how they look when some of the apple is still showing, but you can completely cover them if you prefer. Hold the apple over the pot of caramel and allow some of the excess to drip off before placing them on the sheet of buttered parchment. If desired, dip the bottom in the crushed peanuts.
  • Keep the apples in a cool, dry place and they will last for a few days, loosely covered with plastic.