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Bacon-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Caramel Apples

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Claire Spollen

Serves 8 (serving size: 1 apple)

Prepare to swoon when you take a bite of this luscious apple dipped in caramel, bacon, and peanut butter coated pretzels.


  • 8 wooden craft sticks
  • 8 small apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 ounces crushed pretzels
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Nutrition Information

  • calories 309
  • fat 6.8 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • sodium 249 mg

How to Make It

  1. Push a wooden craft stick into the top of each apple. Bring sugar, corn syrup, and water to a boil in a medium, heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, without stirring, 9 minutes or until lightly golden (about 260°). Stir half-and-half, vanilla, and salt into caramel. Simmer until candy thermometer registers 235°, stirring frequently.

  2. Combine cooked and crumbled bacon and crushed pretzels in a bowl.

  3. Stir peanut butter into caramel; pour mixture into a bowl sitting in a hot water bath. Swirl bottom halves of apples in caramel; dip in pretzel mixture.