The Best Ever Caramel Apples

  • 40 mins
  • 9 ingredients


  • 10 red delicious or Jonathan apples
  • 10 wooden skewers
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped

Candy Caramel apples were my favorite as kid. I just couldn’t wait to taste that sweet caramel, crunchy nuts and the sweet surprise with that oh so sweet apple inside. Here is a fool proof method to make your own. Your kids will love you even more! For best results use a candy/frying thermometer.


  • Wash apples thoroughly and dry. Remove stems and insert sturdy wooden skewers. Set aside.
  • In a sauce pan, cook sugar, syrup and cream over medium heat  stirring constantly to 235 degrees.
  • Gradually add half of the evaporated milk. Allow the caramel to heat up to 235 degrees again then add the rest of the evaporated milk.
  • Continue cooking, stirring constantly to 242 degrees.
  • Remove the pan from the heat; let stand undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in salt and vanilla. Set mixture over hot water.
  • Dip each apple, twirling to coat. Allow excess caramel to drip back into the pan.
  • Immediately roll bottom half of apple in chopped nuts.
  • Place on a well buttered tray and allow to cool completely.
  • They can be stored up to one week in plastic wrap in the fridge.

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