Caramel Apple How-To

By Joanne and Adam Gallagher
Created December 8, 2016
deluxe dipped apples
Learn the trick behind making this classic fall treat. MORE+ LESS-

Want to know the secret to caramel apples? A quick dunk in boiling water! Yep, that waxy coating on apples makes the caramel slide off. By dunking the apples into boiling water for 30 seconds or so, and you remove the wax. Now the gooey caramel will stick to the apples, not the baking sheet.

To start, gather all your ingredients together.

a bowl with candy corn, nuts, mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips next to a bowl with caramel candies and whole apples on a table

After that, making caramel apples is super easy. Don't even think about making caramel; we just melt caramel candies with a little milk. Tastes fab and takes about 5 minutes.

Once the caramel is melted, let it stand for about a minute. (That’s another trick to make sure the caramel sticks to the apples.)

a pan with caramel candies and a little milk being added. a pan of melted caramel with a spoon with caramel dripping from it.

Then, swirl the apples around in the caramel and allow any excess to drip back into the pan.

an apple with a stick in it being dipped in melted caramel

Now, it’s up to you. Eat 'em just like this. Or roll them in nuts, chocolate chips or even mini marshmallows. Yum!