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Plain Caramel Apples Recipe

Plain Caramel Apples

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"A classic caramel apple recipe perfect for Fall entertaining. Using caramel candies makes this recipe a breeze."

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Original recipe makes 6 caramel apples Change Servings


  1. Insert wooden sticks 3/4 of the way into the stem end of each apple. Place apples on a cookie sheet covered with lightly greased aluminum foil.
  2. Combine caramels and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until caramel melts and is smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Dip each apple into the caramel and gently run apples around insides of saucepan to scrape off some of the caramel. Scrape excess caramel from the apple bottoms using the side of the saucepan. Place on the aluminum foil and chill until ready to serve.
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  • Parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 24, 2007

This is a great recipe; I did do one thing differently... I wrapped each apple in paper towels after putting the wood stick in it, then put them in a big gallon freezer bag and stuck them in the freezer for an hour first. When I dipped the apples in the caramel, I made sure there was no condensation on the outside of the apple (hence I wrapped them in the paper towels) and the caramel stuck to the apple better, I didn't have so much runoff and the caramel set faster. Makes less of a puddle around the bottom. if you do this, it's harder to put sprinkles on it as the caramel sets faster but I suppose if you had a plate of whatever you wanted on the outside right next to the stove, that may be easier\faster. But this is just what I did. :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 23, 2007

I made these caramel apples and they look beautiful, however my caramel is too hard. The consistency is like a Sugar Daddy sucker. What did I do wrong??

Aug 28, 2007

Really easy/fun to make! Stick to melting the caramels in the pan rather than the microwave. I've found that the microwave causes the caramels to harden much quicker than if melted on the pan.

Oct 29, 2007

I made these and maybe I was just thrilled that I got it nearly right, but my family and students enjoyed them. I did alter a few things; *I used a crock pot w/ one of those protector sheets for easy clean up. * I added milk and water, but now I think I should have added more and thinned it out a bit. :) But sticky is good. Iforgot the vanilla, but will do it again this weekend. Now that I have a sense of how to do this I cannot be stopped. I will take over the world hahahahaha I did not have any sliding as noted by others and I too used wax paper. (but only because my hubby reminded me) hahahaha

Oct 31, 2007

I make these every year and they are delicious! Does anyone have a great Idea for packaging them to give out as treats to friends. I am afraid they will stick to the paper permanently.

Oct 29, 2009

This was so much fun to do! I dipped the apples in boiling water for a few seconds first to remove the wax. This did make the caramel stick better. After that I left a couple plain, coated some in nuts, and others I drizzled with chocolate. I can't wait to give these to my neighbors little girls for Halloween.

Oct 29, 2007

The trick is to use wax or parchment paper. Greasing a metal pan does NOT work. Thanks!

Oct 31, 2006

Great, easy recipe. caramel did not slide off of apples. We dipped them in chopped nuts, let cool a bit and then dipped them melted milk chocolate. A very YUMMY treat!


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  • Calories
  • 311 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 67.5 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 5.3 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 162 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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