Recipe: Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are a delicious Autumn tradition in our family. Everyone makes theirs slightly different with a variety of tasty toppings.


6 Medium Apples
1 LB Merckens Baking Caramel
(optional) Any toppings you wish to use


  1. Remove the stems from each apple and then give them a quick wash. Be sure to make sure they are completely dry as the caramel will not stick to a wet apple.
    1. If your apples are waxy, be sure to remove. This is essential for good adhesiveness. Some folks prefer a white vine vinegar and warm water wash – others use 1 T lemon juice & 1 T baking soda to the water for 4 inches of warm water in your sink. Wash/brush well.
  2. Melt the caramel in the microwave for 2-3 minutes or until it is completely smooth when stirring. Optionally add a tablespoon of milk to make the caramel thinner.
  3. While your caramel is melting, press a wooden stick into the stem hole of each apple. Flat popsicles or chopsticks work great for this.
  4. Cover a large plate or cookie sheet in parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray.
  5. Prepare your toppings in medium bowls.
    1. How crazy can you get. M&Ms, melted chocolate, diced Swedish fish or gummies, cashews, walnuts, sprinkles, coconut, chocolate chips, rock crystal candy…
  6. Dip your apple into the caramel, then roll it in the toppings you wish to add. Stand them on the cookie sheet.
  7. When you have dipped all of your apples, refrigerate for an hour or until the caramel is firm.
  8. Remove from the fridge 15 minutes prior to serving.
  9. Share and enjoy!!

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