Homemade Caramel Apples and Dip Recipes

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Caramel apples are probably among my top 3 favorite foods! This homemade caramel apples recipe makes it easy to make your own, along with easy dessert tips!

Homemade Caramel Apples Recipe

Homemade Caramel Apples Recipe And Tips

I have to say that homemade caramel apples are probably among my top 3 favorite foods!¬† Mom used to make homemade caramel apples for us every Halloween, along with homemade chili. Gourmet foods like caramel apples look so good at the store and on TV, so it’s easy to imagine them being difficult, but they really are easy to make. (We include a delicious caramel apples recipe below.)

  • The trick that makes their caramel apples look so fancy is in the packaging. Just buy some clear cellophane bags at the hobby store or from your florist. Put your homemade caramel apples in the bags and tie with a pretty ribbon. An assortment looks wonderful in a basket lined with an orange or red napkin and a pretty Halloween or Christmas bow tied on top.
  • Sprinkles can be found at Walgreens for $1.00 a bottle on sale.
  • Look for Candy Bars on sale to use for melted chocolate after Halloween. Compare prices it might or might not be cheaper than the bagged candy melts.
  • Add 1 tsp. paraffin wax to 2 cups melted chocolate to make the chocolate shiny.

Caramel apples like the ones in this caramel apples recipe sell for $6-$8 EACH on the home shopping channel. They look wonderful but they can be made fresher at home and for around .50-$1.00 each instead.

Homemade Caramel Apples Recipe

1 package caramels
2 Tbsp. water
powdered sugar
6 apples (Most people use Granny Smith Apples but they are too tart for me so I use Gala Apples.)

Stick a popsicle stick, handle end of spoon or a twig (washed, dried and wrapped in foil) in the end of the apple.

Sprinkle some powdered sugar on waxed paper to set the caramel apples on after they are dipped so they don’t stick.

Dip the apples in caramel and then roll in:

  • Crushed candy bar pieces
  • M&M’s
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Flavored chips: peanut butter, white chocolate, dark chocolate, cherry, butterscotch
  • Nuts and then drizzle with melted chocolate of your choice
  • Crushed chocolate-covered toffee squares
  • Crushed milk chocolate-covered toffee coated almonds


Caramel Apple Bar

You can also make a caramel apple bar.

Put the caramels and water in a crockpot and let it melt before you party. Then lay out several dishes of candy, chocolate chips, M&M’s, etc.

Let each person dip his or her apples in the caramel and then roll them in the candies.

Crockpot Caramel Apple Dip

Melt caramels and water in a crockpot. Then slice the apples and dip them into the caramel.


Caramel Apple Dip

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp.Vanilla 

Mix everything together until well blended. Then dip apple slices into the dip and enjoy!


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  1. Anonymous says


    Off the subject, but have you been able to finish your organizing book? I’m looking forward to reading it.


  2. Tawra Jean says

    No, not yet. It just wasn’t coming together and we were getting really frustrated so we just stopped for awhile. We are going to try and start working on it again after Christmas.

    It’s about 80%-90% done so hopefully we can get it done soon.


  3. Anonymous says

    Oh good! I have enjoyed your book, Not Just Beans, sooooo much and can’t wait to get your organizing book. You and your mom are so creative and are such an inspirtation to me. You’ve taught me to truly think outside the box and done it with humor and a smile:).
    Thanks for all you do. Your dedication is truly appreciated.

  4. Meredith says

    What a great idea! I don’t think of caramel apples once Halloween has past, but they would be a huge hit with all the nieces and nephews at Christmas, too.

    Found your blog through Dawn at Frugal for Life :)

  5. Susan says

    Hi Jill and Tawra!

    I just came from the beauty shop and quess what? The lady who does my hair was giving away boxes of apples to anyone who wanted them! So when I read your news letter about the Caramal apples I thought God is so good because now I can use some of these to fix the caramal apple receipe you posted! It seems a customer of hers had more apples than she could handle so she brought them to the beauty shop and told Donna to give them out to anyone who could use them! What a blessing.

  6. Bea says

    I’m going to make that Caramel Apple Dip today. I bought apples at Sav-A-Lot for 99 cents for 3 pounds. Bought 2 bags!!! Great blessing you got Susan.

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