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Homemade Caramel Apples

Homemade Caramel Apples are one of our favorite fall treats – covered with soft, chewy and sweet buttery caramel.  Made fresh at home with buttery caramels, heavy cream, and all of your favorite toppings, these tasty caramel apples are easy to make and decorate, and great for holidays, parties and gifting. (Partnership with Panasonic)
Homemade Caramel Apples Recipe | SideChef
Homemade Caramel Apples are one of our favorite fall treats – covered with soft, chewy and sweet buttery caramel.  Made fresh at home with buttery caramels, heavy cream, and all of your favorite toppings, these tasty caramel apples are easy to make and decorate, and great for holidays, parties and gifting. (Partnership with Panasonic)
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My name is Diane, but you can call me Mama V! I'm the recipe developer, photographer, writer and website designer behind Snowflakes & Cupcakes! Thanks for stopping by!
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My name is Diane, but you can call me Mama V! I'm the recipe developer, photographer, writer and website designer behind Snowflakes & Cupcakes! Thanks for stopping by!
https://www.snowflakesandcoffeecakes.com/
9hr 15min
Total Time
35min
Active Time
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Ingredients

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Servings:
6
Serves 6
1 3/4 cups
Caramel Candies
I prefer Werther’s Chewy Caramels
3 Tbsp
Heavy Cream
to taste
Nonstick Cooking Spray
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
370
FAT
8.4 g
PROTEIN
3.8 g
CARBS
72.5 g

Author's Notes

The math is easy for this recipe – allow one 5 oz. bag of Werther Chewy Caramels and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream for every 2 small apples. If you are dipping LARGE apples, you may need double the amount of caramel. You can use any variety of apple (Granny Smith, Fuji or Honeycrisp), but Granny Smith are our favorite for caramel apples because they’re tart, which pairs perfectly with sweet buttery caramel. Look for apples that are small to medium size, as perfectly round as you can find, and firm with no soft spots.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Dip Granny Smith Apples (6) in boiling water for 10 seconds, then rinse and thoroughly dry apples with a soft towel, buffing each apple to remove any remaining wax residue.
Step 2
Line a baking pan with a soft kitchen towel, place the clean and dry apples in the pan, and refrigerate overnight. The soft towel will capture any condensation on the apples, which makes it easier for the caramel to adhere the next day.
Step 3
The next day, remove apples from the refrigerator right before preparing. Twist out the apple stem and insert a caramel apple stick, popsicle stick or lollipop stick.
Step 4
Having toppings ready if you'll be adding to the apples after dipping.
Step 5
Line a 13x9-inch baking sheet or baking dish with a sheet of parchment paper; spray parchment paper with Nonstick Cooking Spray (to taste) and set in the fridge.
Step 6
Place Caramel Candies (1 3/4 cups) and Heavy Cream (3 Tbsp) in a microwave safe bowl (about 5 cup size bowl).
Step 7
OPTION 1: Heat in the Panasonic Microwave Oven in 30-second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth. This will take about 2-3 minutes. Let it cool just briefly so it doesn't run right off the apples.
Step 8
OPTION 2: The caramel mixture can also be melted on the stovetop in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly (if you'd prefer not to use the microwave or don't have one available).
Step 9
Dip apples one at a time into caramel on an angle so it covers nearly to the top center. Rotate and turn to coat apple. Lift apple and let excess runoff, then run bottom of apple along the inside edge of the bowl to remove excess caramel. Lift apple and turn apple upside down to let caramel run up the apple a little, hold this way for about 30 seconds.
Step 10
If you are using toppings or sprinkles, immediately roll the center of the apple in toppings before the caramel sets, or sprinkle toppings on by hand while twirling the apple.  Don’t worry about dipping the bottom third of the apple – the weight of the toppings will cause the caramel to slide down slightly on the apples, giving you a perfectly covered apple.
Step 11
Turn apples upright and place on a prepared baking sheet in the fridge, repeat process with the remaining apples. As needed, reheat caramel in the Panasonic Microwave Oven in 15-second increments for a dip-able consistency.
Step 12
Allow caramel to set completely, at least 1 hour in the fridge (you can eat them before this but if you want the caramel to firm back up the wait at least 1 hour). If desired, cut apples into slices just when ready to enjoy so they don't brown. Cooking results may vary depending on microwave oven used.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
370
% Daily Value*
Fat
8.4 g
11%
Saturated Fat
3.5 g
18%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
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Cholesterol
14.8 mg
5%
Carbohydrates
72.5 g
26%
Fiber
3.6 g
13%
Sugars
58.7 g
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Protein
3.8 g
8%
Sodium
174.9 mg
8%
Vitamin D
--
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Calcium
114.0 mg
9%
Iron
0.3 mg
2%
Potassium
312.7 mg
7%
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