When I was a kid, I’d go to the fair in September over in Knoxville, Tennessee. Most of the time, they just had the red candied apples which wasn’t my favorite. I prefer the taste of lush caramel plus when I bit into the red candied apple, the red coating often fell off. I’d be so happy when I saw caramel dipped fresh apples served on a stick. Today I’m sharing a super easy traditional recipe for caramel apples for fall and Halloween. It’s not really much of a recipe and only requires 3 ingredients plus what I call popsicle sticks. Super easy and fast, caramel apples bring back the joy of childhood for me.
Melt the caramels in a pan, push a stick into the apples, dip the apples, and let the caramel harden on a lined cookie sheet. I use either wax paper or parchment paper on the tray for easy clean-up. The classic caramel apple can be spruced up with a ribbon on the wooden stick, sprinkles, candies, and even a dip into chocolate. If you want to add to the caramel, decorate while the caramel is gooey. Then I ususally put the sheet of apples into the refrigerator from 15 minutes up to over night to set the messy gooeyness of the caramel.
Traditional Caramel Apples
- 6 medium washed apples
- 14 oz package of caramels unwrapped
- 2 tbsp milk
- remove each stem and push wooden stick into each apple
- place caramels and milk in glass bowl
- microwave for for 2 minutes stirring after 1 minute
- line cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper
- dip each apple into caramel and turn apple to coat whole apple
- place on sheet to cool
- optional add sprinkles, candies, crushed oreo cookies, or roll in nuts
- place sheet in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes up to 8 hours to set caramel
- optional decorate stick with ribbon
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