These caramel apples are the easiest and quickest to make this fall season.
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Who doesn’t like Caramel Apples in the Fall?
I’m all about making caramel from scratch, but sometimes that’s just not going to happen with our busy schedules. So here is the easiest way to get the job done on a busy night! If you want to make Caramel from scratch for Caramel Apples, I have a recipe HERE.
Caramel Apples the Easy Way
What you’ll need:
- 5 large apples. We like Granny Smith because they are sour and go well with the sweet caramel.
- 1- 13 oz bag of caramels (You can get a two pack of the Kraft Classic Caramels HERE)
- Popsicle sticks or sucker sticks (Or you can get fancy and use wood Caramel Apple Sticks HERE)
- Wax paper
- Be sure to buy good, firm apples such as Granny Smith. One bag of caramel covers about 5 apples.
- Keep apples refrigerated until ready to use. This helps the caramel stick to the apples and not slide off! Wash apples with dish soap (to remove the wax), remove stems and dry with a kitchen towel. Sick a sucker stick or popsicle stick into the tops of the apples
- Unwrap all of the caramels and add them to a microwavable 8 cup measuring glass bowl. This is a great step for the kids to help you with!
- Microwave the caramels for about 3 min, checking after 1 and a half minutes. Once the caramels are stirrable, stop microwaving and keep stirring to melt the leftover chunks. You don’t want to over heat the caramel, because then it will slide right off the apples.
- Lay out a piece of wax paper on a jelly roll pan spray it heavily with non stick spray!!! This is where you will rest the apples.
6. Tip the bowl on it’s side to gather the caramel into a deeper pile, and dip the apples twisting in a circle.
7. Let excess caramel drip off the apple then place on your sprayed wax paper.
8. Finish the rest of the apples, then place them in the refrigerator for about an hour.
9. Take out the apples from the fridge about 15 min. before you want to eat them. This is how I serve them to my 4 year old… He has a hard time biting into the apple through the caramel! this way he gets it all in one bite rather than eating the caramel then the apple! 🙂
Lanie Anderson says
I found this on Pinterest. 🙂 I can’t find how many apples make from one bag of wrapped caramels. I bought three bags and am hoping to cover about 20 apples. Is that enough?
The bag covers about 5 apples so you might need one more bag!
I followed the directions in the Carmel bag but the Carmel was not as silky as the pictures. It was not as thin as the picture. What am I doing wrong. Same thing in the microwave.
There are two things that can happen to sugar when it’s melted in the microwave. If you over cook it, it will turn harder and crystallize, if you under cook it, it won’t be smooth either. So it’s really hard for me to tell you what you did wrong especially since every microwave cooks differently. Maybe try melting it on the stove top next time and following those directions on the bag. Sometimes I add a tablespoon of milk to make it more creamy if needed.
Do you mind me asking how you cut the apples up for your son?
LAURA MARANDO says
You have to add the 2 tablespoons of water to the caramels… I melt them on the stove in a saucepan.
I am doing them for my adult son. HIs bd is the 29th and my husband has to eat glutten free, so I think this is perfect. Plus I am putting stuff on the outside, small M&M;s, mini chocolate chips, cashews, and then I have chocolate I purchased at Michael’s i will drizzles over them. I feel this should be very fun for all of us.
Lisa Nichols says
this was the worst recipe for caramel apples I have ever seen or tried to do. The caramel in the microwave was not smooth and silky and did not stick to the Apple. I don’t know what you did to get your apples to look like that by following your recipe but it sure didn’t look like this when we did our caramel apples very disappointed.
Tips From a Typical Mom says
Hi Lisa, every microwave is different. It sounds like your microwave cooks hotter than mine. The caramel will not get smooth or stick to the apples if it’s too hot. Try microwaving it for shorter times then stirring in between 30 seconds at a time until it’s smooth.