The Best Ever Caramel Apples

  • Author: kristen massad
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minute
  • Yield: 8-10 apples 1x



2 ½ Cups Light Brown Sugar
1 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 14-Ounce Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
½ Cup Corn Syrup
⅓ Cup Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Salt
Granny Smith Apples

Optional Toppings: 
Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers, Melted
White Chocolate Melting Wafers, Melted
Pecans, Chopped


  1. Prepare the apples: wash the granny smith apples, allow them to dry completely and place the skewer in the center of the apple next to the stem
  2. Place the apples on a large sheet pan lined with parchment paper; set aside  
  3. Prepare the Caramel: In a large saucepan, combine the light brown sugar, butter, sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt
  4. On medium heat, stir the mixture continuously until the sugar mixture reaches 238 degrees F on a candy thermometer 
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the caramel into a large heat proof bowl and allow it to cool to 200 degrees F
  6. Dip the Apples: Once the caramel has come to 200 degrees F, dip the apple to cover ¾ or all of the apple 
  7. Let the caramel drip off the apples and then slightly scrape the bottom of the apple to remove the excess caramel
  8. Place the apples on the parchment lined sheet pan and allow them to cool completely for 30-45 minutes 
  9. Optional Add On: Once the caramel is cool, dip the caramel apples in melted chocolate, drizzle with chocolate, add nuts, sprinkles or other additional toppings