How to Make Gourmet Caramel Apples

How to make gourmet Caramel Apples at home!

Few desserts are more closely associated with fall than caramel apples.  Tart, crisp apples and sweet, chewy caramel make such a delicious pair!  These classic fall treats are quite easy to make, and yield impressive results.  Dress up your caramel apples with chocolate, nuts, or small candies to create an extra beautiful and decadent dessert.

~ How to make gourmet caramel apples ~

You’ll need…

Apples (most commonly, Granny Smith)

Wooden apple sticks (available at the craft store or grocery store)


Toppings such as chocolate (milk, dark or white), nuts, toffee bits, mini M&M;’s, or sprinkles.

*For the caramel you can use individually wrapped store-bought caramels such as Brach’s or Kraft.   I used a large block of Peter’s Caramel which allows you to skip all the unwrapping.

Directions ~

1. Wash and dry apples. If you can use organic apples that is best. Traditional (non-organic) apples are coated with wax, which can make it hard for the caramel to stick to the apple. If your apples are waxed, dip apples in very hot water for just a few seconds, then rub off the wax the best you can.

2. Melt caramel in the top of a double boiler or melt caramel in a large, microwave-safe bowl, in short intervals, stirring occasionally.

3. While the caramel is melting, push wooden apple sticks into the apples.

4. Holding the stick, dip apples (one at a time) into the melted caramel. Allow excess caramel to drip off.

5. Set freshly dipped apple on a parchment-lined (or Silpat lined) baking sheet. After you dip a few apples, put freshly dipped apples in the refrigerator to help the caramel cool quickly.


If you’d like to dip your apple in nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc. do that before setting the apple onto the parchment.

Additionally, after the caramel apples have set up a bit, melt white, milk or dark chocolate and drizzle it on top of the apples. You may also top the chocolate with nuts or toffee bits or sprinkles.

Caramel apples are usually best the day they are made, but may be stored in the refrigerator up to two days.

When you’re ready to enjoy your apples, I find they’re easiest to eat when cut into slices.  Make four cuts (each all the way across the apple), creating a square core (as shown below).  Eat and enjoy!

For gift giving, I found some boxes from Confectionery House just for caramel apples!

Have a delicious Fall!

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75 Responses to “How to Make Gourmet Caramel Apples”

  1. #
    Kara — October 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Oh wow! These look amazing!!

  2. #
    SweetSugarBelle — October 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    These are so beautiful!!!! I wish SO much you could mail them to me!

  3. #
    Joy Adams — October 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Wow, this post just made my mouth water. I really wish I had a caramel apple right now. Thanks for the great idea.

  4. #
    kelli — October 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    These look wonderful! I love your blog and all the beautiful pictures! I am so happy I found your blog from the cute soccer cookies you brough the to game.

  5. #
    Beth — October 24, 2011 at 5:36 am

    just amazing. & yummy too!! (:

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    Anonymous — October 24, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I take it you aren't planning to be hired by Jenny Craig any time soon. These look amazing… I especially like the m&m;'s at the bottom (top?) of the apple. That's just so wrong… but also so very, very right.

  7. #
    Carsedra — October 24, 2011 at 8:07 am

    These look so yummy!! Makes me want to go home tonight after work and make some!! :-)

    Carsedra of:

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    Blessings — October 24, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I so enjoy your blog and seeing all your creative ways! These apples are amazing, thank you for your talent and willingness to share.

  9. #
    lauren — October 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Glory! Thank you! I just wondering what type of treat to make for my daughter's Halloween Party and I am INSPIRED! These look amazing, and I already have many of the ingredients on hand (bonus!). Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. #
    miss b — October 24, 2011 at 9:43 am

    These look wonderful and so pretty in the gift boxes. Great for Halloween

  11. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — October 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I love these! I have been wanting to make these for my husbands birthday party/halloween gathering this weekend and you just inspired me to do so! Absolutely beautiful! Like SweetSugarBelle commented, I wish you could mail them to me too! :)

  12. #
    cookies and cups — October 24, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Gorgeous!! SO pretty :)

  13. #
    Amanda — October 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

    These are just gorgeous!!! You are so talented girl!

  14. #
    Chele — October 24, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I have to admit to not being the biggest fan of toffee apples … but I'm pretty sure I would be a BIG fan of these caramel ones. They look A-mazing!

  15. #
    ♥ Elena — October 24, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I've been craving caramel apples and these look amazing. I might just have to make some for Thanksgiving. 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  16. #
    Karen — October 24, 2011 at 11:16 am

    You make everything look so professional! I think it's your attention to detail. You're an inspiration to slow down and make every little part important.

  17. #
    Cecilia — October 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Yum! Carmal apples are one of my favorite fall treats! Love it!
    Love you!

  18. #
    manda — October 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    These are very pretty. I am going to have to try to make them someday.

  19. #
    Monica J @ Sofamilyonline — October 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Wow, I made caramel apples last week with my preschoolers in school and lets's just say they were not gourmet, but they were still delicious. You're images are so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  20. #
    Elfcrafts — October 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Yummy! That recipe looks so easy, I think me and my little one will have to give this a go. They may not turn out as beautiful as yours xx

  21. #
    Montrealconfections — October 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    They look absolutely perfect! I'm with Callye wish I could get one in the mail.

  22. #
    Barb — October 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    These are so beautiful….can you share with us how you get the drizzle to look so perfect. Do you use a piping tip or just a bag with a small hole cut in the end?

  23. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — October 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I love caramel apples these are so pretty!!!!

  24. #
    Sue — October 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Yummy perfection!

  25. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 25, 2011 at 2:17 am

    These are beautiful! And I love the way you slice the apples to serve them.

  26. #
    Cookbook Queen — October 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Your apples are just gorgeous…I love the way you have them cut!!

  27. #
    Maria — October 25, 2011 at 10:28 am

    The apples are perfect!

  28. #
    cookiecuttercreations — October 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I've been sooooo craving these lately! I love the choc/caramel combo. They look delish!!

  29. #
    Leeann — October 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Yummy! You can get the Peters caramel from Gygi's in Salt Lake City, UT now for $14.95! I ordered some and split the shipping ($11.55 for 2 bricks) and it was less than driving across town to get it. It is so much better than any other caramel!

  30. #
    I-R — October 26, 2011 at 3:28 am

    I voted for you!!!

  31. #
    Mighty Morgan — October 26, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Those look amazing…and the pictures are great as well!! I bet it's nutritious as well….it IS an apple under all that gooey deliciousness right :)

  32. #
    adab2 — October 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    New follower here! You are AMAZING! Looking forward to more glorious treats :)

  33. #
    adab2 — October 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    New follower here! You are AMAZING! Looking forward to more glorious treats :)

  34. #
    sue — October 27, 2011 at 5:52 am

    amazing! I have gotten an apple like that every time we go to the mall, I thought making them would be such a pain. this looks so great!

  35. #
    Emily — October 27, 2011 at 11:41 am

    These look amazing! i love your blog :*

  36. #
    Joni — October 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I want one of these so bad! They look so yummy!!

  37. #
    At Anna's kitchen table — October 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Glory they look amazing!

  38. #
    Brandie @ Home Cooking Memories — October 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    These look scrumptious! Great photos and easy to follow instructions. :)

  39. #
    Nicci — October 29, 2011 at 5:52 am

    what a great way to cut up your candy apple- I love how it evens out the apple to caramel issue

  40. #
    The Baker — October 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I am new to your blog and am SO loving it! You have a new follower!! :) and these caramel apples look AMAZING!

  41. #
    grazou007 — October 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    helo, i'm a french mum who falled in love with your blog… thk u sooo much for your great yummy ideas… I was wondering for this recipe about how do you manage to cut it like that… tk u for yr help. graziella from a french blog: cuisin'hier d'aujoud'hui…

  42. #
    Swatch And Learn — October 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Excuse me. I'm drooling over here! Those caramel apples look delicious! Can you share some? 😉

  43. #
    cici — July 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    These look stupendous! YOU are awesomely talented!!

  44. #
    Reesa — October 19, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Love your stuff! I voted for you also.

  45. #
    Julie — October 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Glory, I googled images of “beautiful caramel apples” and there you were… of course!!!

  46. #
    nicole — January 6, 2014 at 4:08 am

    How do you get your caramel to stick and dry on the Apple I’m having an issue with my caramel running down my Apple even Hours after the caramel has been on there.

  47. #
    Shantel williams — October 16, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    How exactly do I get a thin or skinny drizzle for the outside ??

  48. #
    Barbara dolbee — October 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    how much caramel do I need to do 15 apples?

  49. #
    Dana E — November 10, 2014 at 3:50 am

    They sure do look good.

  50. #
    Michelle Lorena — December 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Can I find the caramel at micheal’s ?

    • Glory replied: — January 6th, 2015 @ 6:53 pm

      Hi Michelle, I’ve never seen Peters brand caramel at Michael’s, but you could certainly use caramels from the grocery store, such as Kraft or Brach’s brand.

  51. #
    brandon — December 23, 2014 at 2:41 am

    where can i get a box to place them in like yours????

    • Glory replied: — January 6th, 2015 @ 6:54 pm

      Hi Brandon, I found the boxes from My Candy Crafts, and there is a link to the source included in the post.

  52. #
    Donna — October 9, 2015 at 7:14 am

    How many large apples will a block of Peters Caramel do? I thinking about ordering one. Thanks!!

    • Glory replied: — October 13th, 2015 @ 4:56 pm

      Hi Donna,
      The block of Peter’s Caramel I used is HUGE (5 pounds), so I only used a portion when I made these apples (I think I made about 8 apples for this batch). I would guess that if you were planning to use the entire 5 pound block of caramel you could do at least 30 or more apples (but this is a rough guess).
      Happy apple dipping!

  53. #
    Courtney — October 13, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    These apples look wonderful – I am going to make them with my cooking students. About how much caramel did you use per apple? Thank you so much!

    • Glory replied: — October 13th, 2015 @ 4:57 pm

      Hi Courtney,
      The block of Peter’s Caramel I used is HUGE (5 pounds), so I only used a portion when I made these apples (I think I made about 8 apples for this batch). I would guess that if you were planning to use the entire 5 pound block of caramel you could do at least 30 or more apples (but this is a rough guess).
      Happy apple dipping!

  54. #
    Donna Clark — October 21, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Can the block if caramel be frozen if not used all at once?


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