Chocolate Caramel Apples Recipe

Crunchy and gooey Chocolate Caramel Apples are a fun treat to make right at home. They always a favorite to serve at parties or share as a gift for friends or teachers.

chocolate caramel apples recipe

One of my favorite treats of all time has to be a Chocolate Caramel Apple. I’ve never much cared for a candy apple, and a caramel apple, while certainly a delicious combination, has always been a little to messy for my liking. But dip a caramel apple in chocolate and something magical happens. I don’t know what it is, but it’s magic, man. The chocolate seals the gooey caramel in and combines with an excellent crunchy apple to create flavor perfection in my book.

I’m not a candy expert or a chocolate maker or a chocolate candy maker expert, nor do I have plans to become any of the sort. I’m just a girl with a hankering for a good Chocolate Caramel Apple. I did a quick test run with some supplies on hand with average success, made a few adjustments and made another batch that turned out just right in my book.

how to make caramel apples

Tip for making Chocolate Caramel Apples:

  • Choose apples that taste great. A bad apple is a bad apple even if it’s coated in chocolatey caramel-y goodness. Honey Crisps for this treat is hard to beat, plus they’re huge! Granny Smith are nice too. Whatever you use, just make sure it’s sturdy, crunchy, and you’d eat it whether coated or not.
  • Wondering about some of the apples in the photos above having sticks and others not? For the smaller Granny Smith apples, I dipped them just holding the stem, but the larger ones required a stick to dip and turn. I’d prefer them without a stick to avoid puncturing the apple, thus helping it stay fresher longer, but those big apples are hard to manage. Any ideas on this?
  • If you’re planning on using the microwave for melting the caramel and chocolate, consider an Apple Dipper. I happened to remember an apple dipper that my mom gave me as a gift a few years ago. I never used it and found it unopened, still in the box, covered in dust. Essentially it’s just a sturdy plastic microwave safe bowl with high sides and a curved interior that fits an apple just right for dipping. Since I was doing all my melting in the microwave this came in handy. I’m sure a microwave safe bowl the same shape and size would work just as well, but I don’t have one on hand.
  • Caramel Chips. I found Caramel Bits easier to work with and melted quicker and evenly. Order online or check local grocers for availability.
  • Trim caramel “feet” before dipping in chocolate. The feet I refer to are the caramel puddles, or flat caramel bottoms that form as it sits. (See following photo.)
  • Use good chocolate for melting. With the first batch I made, I used chocolate chips I had on hand and had to add vegetable shortening to get the correct consistency. It didn’t turn out well in the looks or taste departments. After reading some discussion threads by chocolate experts, I hunted down some Merckens Dark Chocolate Break Up at a local retailer (our Fresh Market had it). It worked perfectly! It cost a tad more but I think it’s totally worth the extra cost to avoid problems and frustrations later on. I’m thinking about dipping all kinds of things in chocolate now after using it.
  • Consider using dark chocolate. With the sweetness of the apple and caramel, I think dark chocolate is a more balanced, less sweet choice. But as with all things food, use what you like.
  • Always have extra caramel and chocolate on hand. No matter what a recipe says, when melting and dipping, I always have additional if needed. Plus depending on the size of apples, you may need more or less. (Extra chocolate can be used for drizzling.)

See the imperfect caramel coating below? Since I was covering it with chocolate I wasn’t so worried about the caramel not looking perfect. (The photo below also shows the  caramel “feet” trimmed off.)

homemade caramel apples

 

See how the chocolate concealed a bunch of imperfections? It’s totally like magic, man.

chocolate caramel apples

I think I’ll be making a few more batches for the holidays to share as a sweet gift for friends and family.

chocolate caramel apples recipe

Try a batch yourself. I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is once you get the hang of it.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Caramel Apples
 
A fun treat for any special occasion (or just a snack).
Author:
Ingredients
  • 5 ripe apples, washed and dried (Honey Crisps and Granny Smith are excellent choices)
  • wooden skewers, lollipop/sucker or popsicle sticks
  • 11 ounces caramels (caramel bits work best)
  • 12 ounces good chocolate for melting (I recommend Merckens Dark Chocolate Break Up. Also, I used dark chocolate, but use what you like)
  • optional: toppings for sprinkling, dipping or drizzling (chopped nuts, candy sprinkles, melted chocolate for drizzling)
Instructions
  1. Prepare apples for dipping. If using sticks, insert into apples at stem stopping before puncturing through bottom of apple.
  2. Line baking sheet with wax paper and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Melt caramels according to package instructions. One at a time dip apples, letting extra caramel drip off. Place on wax paper to cool. Once all have been dipped, place in refrigerator for at least an hour to let caramel set up.
  4. Using kitchen shears, if needed trim caramel "feet" (extra blob of caramel on bottom of apple) off of apples before dipping in chocolate. (See photo above.)
  5. Melt chocolate according to package instructions. Dip caramel covered apples in chocolate until evenly covered. Let extra chocolate drip off. If adding toppings, sprinkle, dip or drizzle now. Place finished apple on wax paper until set.
  6. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate until needed. Depending on apple, should keep 3-5 days refrigerated.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. 1

    Robyn | Add a Pinch says

    I need one of these, Amy! Like, I’ve got a serious craving! I do need to find that chocolate. Sounds like a good thing to stock up on for the holidays!

  2. 2

    Kristen says

    I’ve never even eaten a chocolate caramel apple let alone made my own at home. These look so good!

  3. 4

    says

    Such great tips! My kids beg for caramel apples every year and I never thought to dip them in chocolate! YUM!

  4. 5

    Paula - bell'alimento says

    I am going to need to make these. I may or may not share them when I do LOL

  5. 10

    says

    When we were kids every year my dad used to take us to the town fair and we all get an apple dipped in chocolate.
    I have so many wonderful memories and your apples brought them all back. Craving one now
    My local grocery sells the broken chocolate, it’s about $9 a pound but it works so good when melting it.

  6. 12

    says

    Just visited the apple orchard yesterday. I definitely have the apples. Now I just need to grab the rest of the supplies and we’ll be chewing on chocolate apples in no time.

  7. 14

    says

    Geez, girl. Just when I think your pictures can’t get any more stunning…BOOM!!! Stunning x 10. Oh my word…I’ll be dreaming about these apples ALL DAY, Amy.

    Great tips, too!

  8. 17

    says

    Um, wow. These are just awesome Amy. I have never made caramel apples at home but I think you just convinced me that I can. My kids would think I’m a total rockstar. What a fun treat!

  9. 19

    says

    For some reason, I’ve never liked candied/caramel/chocolate/etc covered apples. I must be weird.

    They sure look fun to make though!

  10. 23

    says

    These are magic in every way! I have never made caramel apples…or chocolate apples…or even candy apples. I’m not sure what I’m waiting for. With all of your tips, I will definitely be changing that!

  11. 25

    says

    My desk is full of drool! These look SOOOOOOOO stinking GOOD!!! I want one SO bad! Please send me a dozen or two. ;-)

  12. 26

    says

    Hi, Amy. These look fabulous! I made these with my Balcony Girls group a few years back and it was such a hit. So fun. We used white chocolate, too. I totally agree about using a premier apple. The best! I’ll probably share on my FB page! Hugs!!

  13. 28

    says

    It’s funny how this time of year brings about huge cravings for crisp tangy apples with smooth sweet caramel and deep-flavored chocolate. Your post is fun and gorgeous and reminds me how much fun it is to eat an apple dripping with warm caramel and chocolate off a stick!

  14. 31

    Kelly Gray says

    These are beautiful. I can’t wait to try them! Thank you for sharing with us.

  15. 32

    says

    These look amazing! I LOVE caramel and chocolate, why not slap them on a healthy snack and call it a day? I mean, an apple is still an apple even when it is coated in sugar, right? Still a healthy snack in my book! ;) I work at a cider mill/bakery where I am making 130 caramel apples for my wedding later this month. I may be trying some of these soon, though, hey look way too good to pass up! YUM!

  16. 33

    says

    Hi! I just found your site and am so pumped!
    I must say, I didn’t think it could get much more delicious than a caramel apple, but you just proved that adding CHOCOLATE will up the yum-factor of pretty much anything. thanks for the great tips too!

  17. 34

    says

    Okay, this is like my ultimate dream. My husband has recently discovered Heath flavored chocolate shell sauce that he douses his occasional vanilla late night snack in. And we’re both fans of the caramel, but I’m far more inclined to succomb to chocolate. This I will willingly become victim to. You hit my motherlode.

  18. 35

    Debby B says

    Beautiful photography!!! Makes you want to reach out and grab one!!! Thanks for the ideas, just found your blog and i love it!!!

  19. 36

    says

    These are so pretty the way you’ve done yours. I just posted Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apples as well but my recipe combines the two. It’s nice to have more than one way of making these delicious apples. Nice post!

  20. 39

    Bárbara Pustai says

    It will probably break my teeth, but I don’t care! HAHA. Looks delicious :) Kisses and hugs from Brazil!

  21. 40

    Erin says

    Do you ever have any issues with the chocolate either not sticking OR the caramel melting when you dip it into the chocolate? I have always wanted to layer my apples with chocolate and caramel and marshmallow, etc., but they under layers just seem to get mucked up and messy. My first test batch a year ago used Brachs caramels and Ghiradelli chips.

    These do look delicious. I am going to have to try this again. =)

  22. 41

    Rebeca Vasquez says

    when dipping huge apples if u don’t wanna puncture them with stick, try tying UNWAXED dengal floss to stem n swirling. if u tie it tight floss is strong enough to hold biggest apples without breaking. also, more great dipped Apple toppings are shredded sweetened coconut, diced dry fruit, sea salt, salted sunflower seeds, n crushed spiced pumpkin seeds. clean n dry pumpkin seeds if fresh, or buy roasted, toss in couple tablespoons melted unsalted butter infused with ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, n dash of cayenne pepper then bake at 350 for 10-15 mins. salt n spice paired with sweet of Apple’s is AMAZING.

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