Traditional Caramel Apples

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

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apples, caramel apples, fall caramel apples
Servings 6 servings


  • 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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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

20 thoughts to “Traditional Caramel Apples”

    1. I would be happy with apple slices and caramel dip too – but I still remember the childhood fun of an apple on a stick.

  1. These look delicious and beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. Visiting today from the Tuesdays with a Twist link up. Have a great week!

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