How to Make Caramel Apples}Apple Pie Caramel Apples

Step by Step to creating PERFECT Caramel Apples

My friend Diane was in town visiting for a few days this last week.  Diane is an amazing women in many ways. A single mom of 7, full time student, and an entrepreneur.

She is also an amazing caramel apple maker.  I was so excited when she volunteered to show me her technique.  It was a fun way to create some Thanksgiving gifts for people too.

I have made caramel apples before and have always made my caramel from scratch.  Delicious but a little labor intensive.  Diane showed me a new way, one that is just as delicious and easier!

She introduced me to Peter’s Caramel.

Peter’s Caramel can be purchased on Amazon or at your local candy or cake decorating store.  The Decorette Shop in Portland/Tigard carries it and Gygi’s in Salt Lake carries it.  I bought a 5 lb. loaf as it will keep for a long time.  You can get about 30 apples out of the 5 lb. brick.

The caramel is delicious and melts so smooth and easy.  I just put it into a glass bowl and then into the microwave.

The other supplies you will need are some sticks for the apples.  I found round ones with a nice sharp end for easy insertion to the apple at my local cake decorating shop but you can also use popsicle sticks.

Insert the stick in the apple, making sure it goes about half way in.  You don’t want it falling out when you are trying to eat your apple.  We used granny smith apples.

The next step is to dip them into the melted caramel.  Just tip the bowl and twirl. If the caramel starts to set up just pop it back in the microwave for a bit.  You want the caramel nice and smooth for easy dipping.

You decide how far up you want the caramel to come – half way, 3/4 or cover the entire apple.  I went for about 3/4.

Shake the apple a bit to help the extra caramel drip off.

Then use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, at an angle, to scrap the extra caramel off the bottom of the apple.  This will help prevent the caramel from pooling along the bottom of the apple.

Place the apples on a piece of parchment paper to allow the caramel to set up.

All lined up, ready for the next step.

If you get air bubbles in your caramel just pop them with your finger and rub them out a bit.  Don’t worry too much about it as you are going to cover it with chocolate!

There are endless possibilities for the next step in the process – you can use white chocolate, milk, dark. We decided since it was Thanksgiving that an Apple Pie Caramel Apple would be a good choice so we used white chocolate.

We bought the white chocolate melts from the cake decorating store also.  We used about 2 lbs. for the 12 apples and had some leftover.

We melted it in the microwave and then dipped the apples the same way we did the caramel.  Our chocolate was a bit thick but that just meant more chocolate on the apple!  Not a bad thing.

Use the spatula to scrap off the excess chocolate from the bottom of the apple.

You will want to have a flat dish full of the sugar/cinnamon mixture ready for you.  If your chocolate is thinner you can let it set up for a minute or two before rolling in the mixture but our chocolate was setting up quick so we went right from the chocolate to the sugar mixture. The sugar mixture is equal parts white sugar and brown sugar.  We used 1 1/2 C of each so there was plenty roll the apple around in and added 1 Tbsp. of cinnamon to it.

Press down on the apple as you roll it in the mixture to make sure it adheres well to the chocolate (some of the chocolate may drip off into the mixture, don’t worry, it will harden and then just remove it or eat it!)

Place the apple back on the parchment to set up.

For the finishing touch we put some of the melted white chocolate into a freezer zip lock bag and clipped off the corner to make a decorating bag.

Then we drizzled the apple with the remaining chocolate.

Be sure and hold the apple over a box or cookie sheet so the extra chocolate has somewhere to go.

So pretty!

After they are totally set up (put them in the refrigerator if you are in a hurry) they are ready to package up.  We used some clear cellophane bags, a cute little tag and some ribbon.  You can download the tags for free here.

All ready to share with some of the people we are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!  I can’t wait to make another batch for Christmas.  Lots of ideas!!

How to Make Caramel Apples}Apple Pie Caramel Apples

Yield: 30 Caramel Apples

Ingredients

  • 5 lb.s Peter's Caramel
  • 30 granny smith apples
  • Apple sticks (sucker sticks, Popsicle sticks, etc.)
  • 3 lb.s White Chocolate Melts
  • 1 1/2 C white sugar
  • 1 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Insert the stick in the apple, making sure it goes about half way in.
  • Melt the caramel in a glass bowl in the microwave.
  • If the caramel starts to set up just pop it back in the microwave for a bit. You want the caramel nice and smooth for easy dipping.
  • You decide how far up you want the caramel to come – half way, 3/4 or cover the entire apple. I went for about 3/4.
  • Shake the apple a bit to help the extra caramel drip off.
  • Then use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, at an angle, to scrap the extra caramel off the bottom of the apple.
  • Place the apples on a piece of parchment paper to allow the caramel to set up.
  • If you get air bubbles in your caramel just pop them with your finger and rub them out a bit.
  • Melt chocolate in microwave and dip the apples.
  • Use the spatula to scrap off the excess chocolate from the bottom of the apple.
  • Combine sugars and cinnamon together into a flat dish
  • Roll apples into mixture and press down on the apple as you roll it in the mixture to make sure it adheres well to the chocolate (some of the chocolate may drip off into the mixture, don’t worry, it will harden and then just remove it or eat it!)
  • Place the apple back on the parchment to set up.
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate. Put it into a freezer zip lock bag and clipped off the corner to make a decorating bag.
  • Be sure and hold the apple over a box or cookie sheet so the extra chocolate has somewhere to go.
  • Allow to set up.

Comments

  1. says

    so cute – we made caramel apples for the grandkids at Thanksgiving and they loved decorating them with sprinkles, sugar stars and chocolate pieces.

    These look awesome all made up for giving. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Vicki says

    Hi. You can get the caramel at Cash and Carry also. We melt a few miniature marshmallows into the caramel so it doesn’t get too thick, and it helps the caramel ‘stick’ to the apple. Cash and Carry also has the wooden sticks!

  3. says

    i saw your post last fall about making caramel apples and gave it a try then. they were so yummy. to make the apple pie flavored ones, i rolled out a ready make pie crust (like pillsbury) and coated it with melted butter, cinnamon and sugar and then baked it and crumbled it. then i rolled the caramel apples in the pie crust crumbles. they were so, so good! best to you~ J

  4. says

    These not only look beautiful but so tasty too! I have been wanting to make Carmel apples for my boys and their friends for awhile now. This post has totally inspired me to do so! Thank you for sharing!

  5. says

    We’ve been addicted to caramel apples over here since Sara posted them over at OBB. We’ve made them four times in the last three weeks! I’ve seen Peter’s caramel at Gygi’s, but have never bought it. It looks like you are making the caramel apples in your sleep :) Haha. Great job.

  6. Cheri says

    I have tried making these apples and have trouble with the caramel slipping off. I scrub them to remove the wax and refrigerate them, but when I take them out of the refrigerator the caramel still slips off. I saw where someone suggested dipping quickly in boiling water. And the post above suggested melting a few marshmallows in the caramel. Any other suggestions?

    • says

      I always wash mine in warm water and rough them up a bit and the caramel seems to stick. The Pete’s Caramel seems to work the best for me – better than the Kraft caramels.

  7. says

    How about them apples! They look absolutely divine! What a sweet friend you have! I’d love for you to link these up to my Creative Ways Link Party that just went live this evening. Hope to see you and “them apples” at the party! Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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