Monday, October 1, 2012

Caramel Apples

My son goes apple picking with his school every year. He usually comes home with a huge bag of lovely sour apples, perfect for baking and caramel apples. I usually make caramel apples and then some sort of pie. A couple of my favorites are Apple Pie Cake and Apple Tarte Tatin. However, my boys said they made Apple Betty at school and they want to make it at home so we may try that. My little Brody loves apples but thinks caramel apples are disgusting. I didn't think I would ever meet a child who didn't love a caramel but some how I gave birth to one. This time we tried rolling them in M & M's. The professionals make it looks so easy and as you can see by the one closest to you, the rolling wasn't successful. So we decided to place them on the second one. Live and learn has always been my motto. 

I have made my own caramel in the past and have to say I haven't had the best results from it. This version is much easier to do with kids and we all think they taste just as good as any caramel apple I have every purchased at the fair. Try them and let me know what you think. 

I  11 oz bag caramel bits
5 medium apples
2 tablespoons water
5 wooden sticks. (I use the chop sticks from takeout that I never used)
1 cup mini M&Ms (optional)
3 - 4 tablespoons sugar (super fine if you have it)


Clean each apple and dry completely. Place one stick through the core of each apple. Set up a pan with a piece of parchment paper. Add sugar on top so the caramel doesn't stick. 

Place caramel bits in a small/medium bowl. I don't like the bowl to be to big because it spreads out too much and then you have a harder time using up all the caramel. Add 2 tablespoons of water and microwave for 2 minutes on high. 

Stir the mixture together until all the caramel is completely melted and smooth. Take each apple and spoon the caramel over the apple starting at the top and let the remainder drip to the bottom. I dip each apple in the caramel to coat the bottom. Then you place is on the pan with parchment and sugar to sit. You can then add a topping if you want. We added mini M&M's this time and it was a huge hit but next time I think I will also try crushed up oreo's or even mini chocolate chips. 

Once you have finished all 5 apples put them in the refrigerator for one hour. I make them before dinner so they are good and ready for dessert. 

This is a fun easy treat that your kids will remember for a life time. Unless your child is like my Brody. We keep hoping his taste will change and he will enjoy them with us. He used to hate popcorn but not anymore. 


  1. I love caramel apples!! You son is so adorable :)

  2. Such a cutie pie!! Aww and thanks for the pointers I was planning to make these soon!

    1. Thanks. Let me know if the pointers work. I had many mishaps and those pointers made all the difference.

  3. This is by far the best way to make Carmel apples. Way better then them store bought round Carmel disc's we had in the past. I made the best looking and tasting Carmel apples ever!

    Thank you Andrea!

    1. I remember using those caramel discs. So glad you had success with this method. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  4. Well that's a treat I can never resist at a fair.. :)

  5. Hi! I made this recipe yesterday, and loved it! It was quite a treat, I gotta tell you! I found the caramel coating to be both crunchy and chewy! I'd like to ask you a question, though. Do you think that maybe I could try this with butterscotch chips next time?

    Oh, the recipe was so easy it was nuts!

    Thanks for this! :)

  6. I'm so glad you liked it and that you also found it easy. I don't think it would work with butterscotch chips but I really have never tried. Thanks for letting me know how it turned out.

  7. Wow!! these look fantastic!! I've tried making toffee apples before but they were quite tricky but these caramel apples look sublime and I bet they tasted fantastic too.

    Would you be interested in following each others blogs? We absolutely love your work! Our blog is a bit of a mix of everything but food is definitely a key subject.

    Have a fantastic day!

    Chloe & Sarah

  8. These looks so yummy and easy to make! Thanks for linking up at the Spooktacular Halloween Round Up!

  9. Andrea, your Caramel Apple are perfect! I can't believe the shine on these babies :) I love caramel apples and can't wait to make some. My kids will be in heaven! Thank you for linking up to our Spooktacular Halloween link party.