Photo: Charles Schiller; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
20 Mins
Chill Time
15 Mins
Serves 8

How to Make It

Step 1

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Stem, wash and dry apples and insert Popsicle sticks in center of stem ends. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice cubes and water.

Step 2

Combine sugar, corn syrup, cream and butter in a medium-size, heavy-bottom saucepan. Cook over low heat, gently stirring once or twice, until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until mixture reaches 255ºF on a candy thermometer, about 20 minutes.

Step 3

Set pan in bowl of ice water. Stir just until mixture starts to thicken into a dipping consistency. Working carefully, tip pan slightly to one side and spin each apple in caramel until thoroughly coated. (If mixture becomes too thick, reheat gently for a few seconds.) Transfer to lined baking sheet and place in refrigerator until caramel is cooled and set, about 15 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

reece8's Review

October 29, 2013
I actually made this twice because I thought my candy thermometer was off. The first time the caramel turned out rock hard! Not even brittle hard, I mean rock hard. I had to throw away everything! I usually don't take time to write reviews unless I can help someone else from wasting their time and ingredients! I found several other recipes that said bring it to 240 degrees. I tried that with this recipe and it was better, still more chewy/hard than I'd like. I realized the taste isn't very appealing anyway. Not very creamy with a strong brown sugar flavor. Will try another recipe next time. If you do make this 255 degrees is way too high I'd try 235.

klstoltz's Review

February 14, 2013
Best caramel I have ever made. I didn't try to dip apples in the caramel. instead, i chose to slice the apples and drizzled the caramel over the slices. Wonderful.

pbarone04's Review

September 21, 2012
Angie - the apples have to be dry for anything to stick. Why did you dip them into water? This was eaiser than peeling off oall those little wrappers!

Flirshous's Review

September 20, 2012
Angie, try roughing up the skin of the apples slightly. We use very fine sandpaper to lightly rub the apples then, wash & dry them. Should work like a charm!

Angie 's Review

October 11, 2009
The caramel would not stick. We dipped the apples in the boiling water and it was just upsetting! We let the caramel cool down because at first it was too thin....then it would stick until we put in to dry where a pile of caramel was sitting under the apple! If anyone has any suggestions PLS HELP!!! My husband is a baker and he couldn't figure this out! VERY FRUSTRATING!