Gourmet Caramel Apple Recipe

We love these gourmet caramel apples. Not only is the caramel and tart apple a delicious combination, but you can jazz them up with these decorations. #WomenLivingWell #caramel #apples #falldesserts

Wow!  Look at these beautiful apples!!!  I didn’t make them!!!  But Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen did and here’s what she wrote:

A very dear friend of mine asked if I would entertain the idea of making caramel apples with her! I had never made them before…but I am ALWAYS up for a food challenge, so of course I obliged! It may have helped that I absolutely LOVE caramel apples and I was up for some fellowship. We had a wonderful time together and made some pretty amazing apples! Here is our story….

(We multiplied the recipe for a bake sale, I am giving you a recipe for 6 apples- you may multiply as desired)

Granny Smith Apples, Sugar, White Corn Syrup, Sweetened and Condensed Milk, Salt, Butter, Vanilla, Parchment paper (Skewers- I purchased nice ones at Jo-Ann Fabrics)
Wash your apples thoroughly…get as much wax off as possible.
The making of the caramel sauce: In a heavy saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, milk, and salt mixing well.
keep mixing…the color changes, like so.
And here we have caramel! Who would have thunk it was so easy?!
Here is the fun part…set up your “apple dressing buffet” We had nuts, crushed Butterfinger, white choc chips, mini M&Ms, melted chocolates, Heath, and marshmallows. (I would suggest to pick no more than 3 to start off with)
Lay parchment paper down and butter
After the caramel cools for about 5 mins….stick your apple at the top end and start dipping and rolling in your toppings….(This is Butterfinger)
We love these gourmet caramel apples. Not only is the caramel and tart apple a delicious combination, but you can jazz them up with these decorations. #WomenLivingWell #caramel #apples #falldesserts
This one was splashed with chocolate and dipped in Heath..(YUM)
We love these gourmet caramel apples. Not only is the caramel and tart apple a delicious combination, but you can jazz them up with these decorations. #WomenLivingWell #caramel #apples #falldesserts
My kidos favorite…the mini M&M monstrosity!

Beautiful! I just love the sweet and savory flavors of a caramel apple…and the fiber, ahh yessss…. apples have fiber. This is a healthy recipe, right?

Gourmet Caramel Apples (at home)
5.0 from 3 reviews
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 6
  • 6 wooden skewers
  • 6 Medium Granny Smith (green apples)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • desired toppings & parchment paper
  1. In heavy saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, milk and salt mixing well.
  2. Cook over medium heat stirring gently but constantly until soft ball stage (if you are using a thermometer, it will be about 230 degrees- but I go by color).
  3. This will take you about 30 mins.
  4. Remove from heat and cool for about 5 mins and stir in butter and vanilla.
  5. Cool again about 5 mins- you then may begin coating caramel over apples to cover fully…then dip in your desired topping.
  6. Place on buttered parchment paper…when finished with all apples, transport to dish and cool in refrigerator for 2 hours before enjoying!



Thanks, Janelle, for another fabulous recipe!

Walk with the King,

*Janelle is a woman who is dependent upon Jesus, a mom, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and an advocate for meal ministry. You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals, and sharing meal ministry stories on her blog. You can follow Janelle’s blog at ComfyInTheKitchen.com.


  1. Oh my goodness, these look so delicious — and I haven’t had a caramel apple yet this year. I do think it’s a prerequisite for the fall, though! Thank you so much for sharing your process and recipe! 🙂

  2. These look wonderful, caramel apples are on my Autumn To Do List, it would be fun to try this from scratch recipe. I love Caramel apples with chocolate drizzle, Thanks for sharing this! ~April

  3. I love caramel apples, but have never made them and hardly ever buy them because the “gourmet” ones are so expensive. These look so simple and delicious. Since I have everything to do these, this will be a project with my 5-year old soon.

    1. In the caramel apple receipe you never mention when to add sweetened condensed milk. Only time sweetened condensed milk is mentioned is in the list of ingredients.

      Reply please

  4. This is on my to do list!!! I’ve never made them and my kids have never had a caramel apple. Looks like a fun project for this weekend!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Any tips on storing these or how long they would be good for? I am having 20 6th, 7th and 8th graders coming over and I want to have these to snack on but I need to make them in advance. Thanks!

  6. I am a mother of 5 – 3 that I didn’t labor and 2 that I did. My 3 older step children have given us 5 beautiful grandchildren and then we have 2 younger children with my son, 9 years old, being the oldest of all of the young kids and grandkids, so you can only imagine how much fun we had with this recipe and apple dipping fun this past weekend. Thank you so much for sending this my way – the caramel sauce was SO EASY and yummy! The kids had a ball making their apples and dipping in their topping choice……it is definitely a yearly tradition in our house from now on!

  7. This brought back so many nice memories. Also, one very painful one. I volunteered to help do these for my daughter’s fall festival at school. I was working with another mother and we were both dipping apples at the same time when she touched my hand with her apple. I have scars to this day on those fingers where the skin was burned so badly. So DO NOT recommend that you let your children dip apples except one at a time , then with much supervision.

  8. I would suggest rolling the apples in boiling water to completely get the wax off..just use a slotted spoon to remove wax..roll them and taken them out!

  9. I have tried many different caramel apple recipes on line and the problem I have is that when I try to package them, they stick to the bag at room temperature. Is that what happens with all homemade caramel apples? I can’t wait to try your recipe, it looks so delicous.

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