All you need is a few simple ingredients for Easy Caramel Apples topped with chopped nuts, sprinkles, chocolate drizzle and more.

Easy Caramel Apples Recipe

Nothing says “Hello, fall!” quite like a caramel apple. Refreshing fruit + sticky caramel + endless toppings = a guaranteed dessert win in my book. And now it’s faster than ever to whip up a DIY version of these sweets on-a-stick with this recipe for Easy Caramel Apples.

Ingredients for Easy Caramel Apples, including soft caramels, green apples, sticks, sprinkles, nuts and candy melts

The setup on this one couldn’t be simpler: Melt down store-bought caramels with a splash of heavy cream then dunk your apple-of-choice and coat it with a range of toppings, from chopped nuts and dried fruit to sprinkles and chocolate drizzle.

Granny Smith Apples with lollipop sticks on parchment paper-lined baking sheet

A few words of wisdom when it comes to perfecting fall’s most festive (read: Halloween!) and fruit-filled dessert:

  • Wet = Mess: It’s important that the apples are washed and then thoroughly dried prior to plunging them into the hot caramel. Any trace of moisture on the apples will cause the caramel to slip and slide right off.
  • Tiny Toppings: The smaller, more finely chopped your toppings, the better shot you have at them staying in place as the caramel cools.
  • Cool Avoids a Pool: … of caramel, that is! If you’re opting for a second layer of deliciousness in the form of melted chocolate, always allow the first layer of caramel to cool completely before plunging your apple into a hot bath of chocolate.

Dipping apple in caramel sauce

Ready to get your dunk on? Grab your favorite apples and read on for this quick, easy and totally customizable recipe!

Easy Caramel Apples Recipe

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Easy Caramel Apples

All you need is a few simple ingredients for Easy Caramel Apples topped with chopped nuts, sprinkles, chocolate drizzle and more.
4.67 from 6 votes
Easy Caramel Apples Recipe
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 8 caramel apples


  • 8 Granny Smith apples (or any other variety)
  • 4 (4.51-oz.) bags soft caramels (See Kelly's Note)
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • Assorted toppings, such as chopped nuts, sprinkles or melted chocolate for drizzling


  • 8 lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks


  • Wash and thoroughly dry the apples then press a lollipop stick firmly into the top of each apple. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Unwrap the caramels then place them in a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat. Add the heavy cream and cook the caramels, stirring occasionally, until they melt and the mixture is a smooth consistency. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Dip each of the apples into the caramel mixture, shaking off any excess and scraping any caramel off the bottoms of the apples. Roll the apples in your preferred toppings then place them on the lined baking sheet. Refrigerate the apples for 15 minutes or until the caramel has firmed up. Serve the apples immediately or store them in the fridge until ready to serve.

Kelly's Note:

  • Any store-bought soft caramels will work in this recipe, however my preferred brand is Werther's Original Soft Caramels.
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Calories: 133kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 16mg, Potassium: 205mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 180IU, Vitamin C: 8.3mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 0.2mg

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    1. Hi Cia – It sounds like the caramel may have been overheated. Try using a lower temperature next time and don’t forget to stir occasionally :)

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