How to Make Caramel Apples

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Learn how to make caramel apples the easy way. It’s a very simple recipe every aspiring home cook should learn to prepare. Get your kiddos into the kitchen for this one!

Two caramel apples on wax paper surrounded by fall decor.

Halloween is fast approaching and teaching the little ones how to make caramel apples is a wonderful way to a spend a cool Fall evening.

Since our recipe doesn’t use the oven or stove-top it’s perfect for new cooks and kids alike.

Similar to our Nutter Butter mummy cookies, all you need are few simple ingredients to create this festive treat.

So, shall we get started?

How to make caramel apples?

First, wash the apples and do your best to remove as much of the wax seal as possible. A vegetable scrubber works well, but if you don’t have one that’s okay too.

Apples, heavy cream, and other ingredients on a sheet pan.

Next, prep your wax paper by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. We placed ours on sheet pan, but your kitchen counter is fine.

After that, press the skewers into the apples. You’ll only want to go about two-thirds (2/3) of the way into the apple. Not all the way through.

Now, grab a microwave safe bowl and add the caramel and cream to the bowl. Stir the mixture, as it heats, every twenty (20) seconds.

An apple on a skewer being dipped into the caramel.

In other words, stop the microwave every twenty (20) seconds, stir the mixture, and restart it. Continue this process until the caramel has melted.

Then, just like the photos above and below, dip each apple into the caramel. Slowly rotate it until it’s evenly coated.

If you were adding extra toppings (like chopped peanuts) you would then dip the apple into the toppings. I’ve added a list of possibilities below.

The apple being spun in the caramel for even distribution.

Otherwise, place the caramel apple onto the wax paper to cool. You’ll want to place it stick side up.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us. Last, let the treat cool. They can be stored in your fridge for up to three (3) days.

That’s it, now you know how to make caramel apples. Kim and I hope you enjoy this Fall dessert and wish you all the best 🙂

A caramel apple on wax paper surrounded by fall decorations.

What toppings go on caramel apples?

  • Chopped Peanuts
  • White Chocolate Drizzle
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Crushed Chocolate Cookies
  • Mini Chocolate Candies
  • Anything else you desire!
A caramel apple on wax paper surrounded by fall decorations.

How to Make Caramel Apples

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Author: John
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 6 apples, any variety you desire
  • 11 ounces caramel bits, or squares (We use Kraft brand.)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons heavy cream


  • Wash the apples, and scrub off all the wax with a vegetable scrubber. Pat dry.
    6 apples
  • Prepare a baking sheet with waxed paper, parchment paper, or a silicone mat. If using wax or parchment paper, spray it lightly with cooking spray.
  • Carefully insert the skewers into each apple, pushing it about ⅔ of the way through. Set the apples aside
  • In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the caramels and heavy cream. Stir every 20 seconds to prevent burning. Continue to microwave and stir in intervals until completely melted and smooth (about 3 minutes total).
    11 ounces caramel bits
    1 ½ tablespoons heavy cream
  • Working quickly, dip each apple into the hot caramel and turn it on its side. The entire apple except the very top should be covered as you turn the apple to coat. Use a butter knife or spoon to scrape any excess caramel off the apple. Repeat until all the apples and caramel are used.
  • Place the dipped apples onto the lined baking sheet, and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to firm. Serve cold or room temperature.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of 1 finished caramel apple. Actual calories will vary. The caramel apples can be stored in your fridge for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1apple | Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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