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caramel apples on cake plate with flowers behind

Homemade Caramel Apples

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Setting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Author: Traci
Crisp apples coated in a thick layer of homemade caramel...what's not to love?! Every bite is sweet and full of flavor! It's the perfect treat for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or just when you want a delicious Caramel Apple.


  • 6 apples
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • cups corn syrup
  • 2 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla


  • Wash and dry apples and insert sticks. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, cream, and butter.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.
  • Continue to cook until mixture until it reaches 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Working quickly, dip each apple into caramel, swirling to coat.
  • Set on a parchment paper-lined tray.


  • The cook time of the caramel varies based on the size pot, amount of ingredients, and type of cooktop you are using. Be mindful and use a thermometer.
  • Don't let the thermometer sit at the bottom of the pot when you are cooking.
  • Use a bigger pot than you think you need! The caramel bubbles up very high when you're cooking.
  • 245 degrees is firm ball stage.
  • Make sure to store the caramel apples in refrigerator.


Serving: 1apple | Calories: 876kcal | Carbohydrates: 124g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 115g | Vitamin A: 1792IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg