Caramel apples are a seasonal treat that you typically find at carnivals and fall festivals. They’re sweet, crunchy, and can be customized in a variety of ways, which makes them a great recipe to whip up with the family at home.
Caramel apples can be drizzled with white chocolate, dark chocolate, covered in sprinkles, adorned with chopped peanuts, or even decorated with candy M&Ms. The variety of options and tasty choices makes caramel covered apples the perfect craft to create with your kids.
To make the base of this caramel apple recipe, you’ll need a handful of apples. While you can technically choose any kind of apple that you want, we think it’s best to go the classic route and use tart apples like the Granny Smith variety. The tartness of these green apples complements the sweetness of the caramel nicely.
The trick with any kind of caramel recipe is to make sure you heat your caramel sauce to the correct temperature. If you undercook your caramel, it will never truly set. If you overcook your caramel, well, be prepared for some very burnt and bitter-tasting caramel sauce!
A candy thermometer is vital to cooking your caramel sauce to the correct temperature. You’ll want to aim for 248°F on your thermometer. After that, these caramel apples are just a matter of you dipping the apples in the caramel sauce and then adorning them with whatever your heart desires.