how to: make caramel apples.

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You can’t have Halloween without caramel apples, it’s unconstitutional. And they’re easier, way easier, to make than they look.

Here’s what you need to get started:

Popsicle Sticks

We made 10 caramel apples with the amount of caramel you see in the photo above {4 cups, or 2 lbs.}. It was a lot of caramel too, they were big apples.

Step 1:

Unwrap caramel and place in a double boiler pan on the stove-top. It’s possible to melt the caramel in the microwave with a little bit of water but I prefer the stove-top, it’s more fun for the kids to see it melt. Don’t put all the caramel in at the same time, just put in enough to cover the bottom of the pan.

Step 2:

Stir the caramel around as the water heats up to keep the caramel from burning, and when it starts to get a little melty, add some milk. A tablespoon or so for each cup of caramel.

Once your caramel is pretty much liquid you want to add more caramel, like so.

Keep stirring that around for a while until it’s all one big pool of caramel yumminess. Mmmmmm caramel. If you need to add a little bit of milk as you go, that’s cool. You want it to be more liquid and less super viscous, so milk is good. Do that until you get this:

Step 3:

Once you’re here it’s time to start dipping apples! Keep the stove on so the caramel will stay warm, and keep stirring so you don’t burn anything. Get a cookie tray & spray it with Pam or somesuch cooking spray so you’ll have a place to put those delicious apples once they’re all dipped and ready to dry.

Step 4:


Be sure to coat the apple completely, using the wooden spoon if needed to *bathe* it, if you will. Until it looks like this:

Let the extra caramel drip off, put it on the greased cookie sheet to cool, and you end up with this:


We actually dipped two of the apples in red sprinkles but weren’t uber successful. You can roll them around in a whole variety of things: dry cereal, raisins, coconut, you name it. Just make sure to dip them in the dry goods immediately out of the pot because that caramel hardens fast.

Wasn’t that fun? Too bad I didn’t stick to my no-sugar diet for long and ate three, yes three, caramel apples all in one day. But they were delicious; does that count for anything?

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. MiaKatia :

    Mmmmm That is what I want for breakfast!

  2. likeschocolate :

    Nope doesn't count becaue the apples balance it all out-right! Wink!

  3. Petit Elefant :


    Me too! Too bad I ate them all.


    Right? The fiber and vitamins balance out all the caramel.

  4. Petit Elefant :


    It's easy to overlook because it's such a simple project! Let me know how they turn out.

  5. Aimee @ Smiling Mama :

    Fun! I actually have caramels and apples at home right now. Why didn't I think of this sooner?! Thanks for the idea.

  6. Petit Elefant :


    Isn't this time of year great? Apples covered in caramel, I mean what a fantastic idea!

  7. erin :

    These look yummy. I love to buy the Happy Apples in the grocery store this time of year (they are covered in caramel and nuts). I might need to make a run to the store……

  8. Petit Elefant :


    Yes, so yummy! Easy too, which is always a bonus.

  9. The Dragonfly :

    We also made caramel apples for Halloween, but after letting the caramel set up, dipped them AGAIN in milk chocolate and then rolled them in M & Ms, Skor bar and roasted almonds. YUM.