20+ Ideas for Caramel Apples

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    20+ Ideas for Caramel Apples

    Tis the season for apples dipped in sweet heaven goodness. I’ve seen caramel apples and candied apples used interchangeably, but there is a very distinct difference, so what is that difference?

    Classic caramel apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for a fall dessert idea or a Halloween treat! #caramelapples www.savoryexperiments.com

    Classic caramel apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for a fall dessert idea or a Halloween treat!

    Caramel apples are just that, covered in ooey, gooey caramel and sometimes rolled in a variety of goodies or drizzled in chocolate.

    Classic caramel apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for a fall dessert idea or a Halloween treat! #caramelapples www.savoryexperiments.com

    A traditional autumn and Halloween favorite, caramel apples used to be a frequent trick-or-treaters booty, but since the “razor blade” scare their appearance in candy bags has slowed significantly.

    Make sure you PIN all these Caramel Apple Ideas!

    Below is a homemade caramel apple recipe, still ooey, gooey and rich, but a lot less sweet than melting your typical caramel pieces.

    I find that a less sugary caramel allows me to eat more with less of a stomach ache. I suppose that caramel is actually candy too, right?

    Close your eyes and just imagine how that deliciousness is going to stick to your teeth. Oh, yea!!!!

    Classic caramel apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for a fall dessert idea or a Halloween treat! #caramelapples www.savoryexperiments.com

    A candied apple is coated in a sugar candy layer similar to Red Hots candy, but without the cinnamon. The iconic candy apple is bright red; reminiscent of Snow White’s poisoned apple.

    Beware of making these on a humid day or storing them in a humid area. The candy coating will not harden or will literally melt off.

    These are visually stunning and can be eaten or merely displayed. A cinnamon stick  or rustic stick handle adds to the appeal and staging.

    Classic caramel apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for a fall dessert idea or a Halloween treat! #caramelapples www.savoryexperiments.com

    While toppings can also be added to a candied apple, they are most iconic on caramel apples.

    The list of possibility is endless, but here are a few of my favorites. I’d love to hear some of your favorites in the comments!

    20+ Ideas for Caramel Apples:

    • Flaked coconut
    • Reeses Pieces
    • M & M’s
    • Dark Chocolate Drizzle
    • White Chocolate Drizzle
    • Freshly Popped Popcorn
    • Sliced mini marshmallows
    • Toffee Pieces
    • Graham Cracker Crumbs
    • Butterfinger Bar
    • Snickers Bar
    • Crushed Peanut Pieces
    • Sea Salt
    • Chopped Pecans
    • Chopped Walnuts
    • Chopped Macadamia Nuts
    • Decorate with Frosting (Jack-o-lantern Faces)
    • Crushed Oreos
    • Crushed Vanilla Wafers
    • Sprinkles
    • Mini Chocolate Chips
    • Cinnamon Candies (Red Hots)
    • Crushed Pretzels
    • White Chocolate Chips
    • Mini Chocolate Chips
    • Butterscotch Chips
    • Cinnamon and Sugar
    • Flaked Coconut

    Nothing is more pretty than a tray of assorted and colorful bites. Try making one (or more) of these other Halloween treats to make a beautiful display!

    Classic caramel apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for a fall dessert idea or a Halloween treat! #caramelapples www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Classic caramel apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for a fall dessert idea or a Halloween treat! #caramelapples www.savoryexperiments.com
    Classic Caramel Apples
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    Classic caramel apples recipe with 20+ ideas to roll them in. Perfect for a fall dessert idea or a Halloween treat! 

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: caramel apples
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 496 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 6 apples
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , cubed
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • Sprinkle of Sea Salt
    • Cooking Spray
    • 6 Popsicle sticks or lollipop sticks
    • Desired add-ons (see list)
    Instructions
    1. Wash and dry apples. Any moisture left on the skin will prevent the caramel from sticking. Insert Popsicle sticks into the stem of the apple as the handle. Lay wax paper on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. On smaller, separate sheets lie out desired toppings (if desired).
    2. Mix sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Whisk until sugar is fully dissolved. After sugar has dissolved do not stir or whisk any longer. Gently swirl the pan to move around every couple of minutes.
    3. When the mixture has turned an amber, caramel color, remove from heat and whisk in cream through salt. When liquid hits the pan it will sizzle, spit and the sugar mixture might solidify. That is okay! Keep whisking and sugar will dissolve and combine into a thick gorgeous caramel.
    4. Allow caramel to cool slightly until it coats the back of a spoon without rolling off. When you reach this stage, work fast to roll apples in caramel, spooning sauce over the top. Tap off any excess and then immediately roll in toppings. Press toppings into the caramel. Set on baking sheet and allow to set. Work fast. If the caramel sets up too much you can heat slightly until it becomes workable again.
    5. More ideas for caramel apple toppers are listed below. Caramel apples are best eaten the day of making or while still warm. Enjoy!
    6. If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it went! 

    Nutrition Facts
    Classic Caramel Apples
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 496 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 11g17%
    Saturated Fat 7g44%
    Cholesterol 37mg12%
    Sodium 20mg1%
    Potassium 209mg6%
    Carbohydrates 103g34%
    Fiber 4g17%
    Sugar 96g107%
    Vitamin A 505IU10%
    Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
    Calcium 26mg3%
    Iron 0.3mg2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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