How to Make Caramel Apples

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How to Make Caramel Apples

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Caramel apples with Trolli gummy worm candies

Things To Grab

  • 5 to 6 apples
  • 11-to-12-oz. pkg. soft caramel candies
  • Food-safe wooden skewers
  • Medium saucepan, slow cooker, or microwave-safe bowl
  • Desired toppings

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    1. Pick an Apple: You'll need about 5 or 6 apples per 11- or 12-ounce package of caramels. Wash and dry your apples before beginning.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      If you're a sucker for the sweet-tart taste, go for Granny Smith or Braeburn varieties (two of our favorites). For a less tart apple, try Jonagold, Pink Lady, or Pippin.
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    2. Apple with Wooden Skewers

      Skewer the Apples: Use chopsticks or other food-safe skewers as sturdy handles.

    3. Caramel Apple Dipped in Caramel

      Melt Caramels: Add unwrapped caramels to a medium saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water. Melt the caramels over medium heat. Alternatively, you can melt the caramels and water in a small slow cooker, or place them in a microwave-safe bowl with the water and cook on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Stop to stir every minute until candy is melted. Then one at a time, dip your apples into the caramel, turning slowly to coat.

    4. Caramel Apple Rolled in Chopped Walnuts

      Coat in Toppings: Then roll each apple in toppings (such as candies or toasted nuts) or use your fingers to gently press the toppings onto the caramel coating. Place each apple on a parchment-lined sheet. When all the apples are done, chill them in the fridge until set. Mmm ... mmm!

    5. Wormy caramel apples are perfect for Halloween. Click the link below to checkout our recipe. 

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