National Caramel Apple Day | Easy Caramel Apples – The Foodie Patootie

National Caramel Apple Day | Easy Caramel Apples

National Caramel Apple Day | Easy Caramel Apples

You know when you find something you love so much, you’ll go to the ends of the earth to procure it and in the process, you’ll gladly spend a bajillion dollars on it just to get it in your grubby little hands? That’s me with caramel apples. By ends of the earth, I mean up to an hour in traffic to a candy shop and by bajillion dollars, I mean $15, which is the most I’ve spent for a caramel apple (Disney, duhh).

National Caramel Apple Day | Easy Caramel Apples

I could be happy with caramel and apple dippers, you know, those combo packs you can get from the grocery store, but the excitement is fleeting as there is a) never enough caramel for the apples, and b) still feels like a healthy snack item as opposed to the luscious mega-calorie indulgence that a serious caramel apple probably is.

You need a caramel apple that’s ooey-gooey, where with one bite and a pull away from your mouth, there is some serious caramel string going on. The kind the hits your chin when it’s finally released from the apple. There’s, perhaps, something like it.

National Caramel Apple Day | Easy Caramel Apples

Easy Caramel Apples


  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • 3 craft sticks (I bought lollipop sticks, which were not in the least bit effective - avoid those)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Push the craft sticks into each apple core and set aside.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, heavy cream, corn syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the mixture registers 250°F on a candy thermometer, about 10 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat and continue to stir.
  3. Dip the apples one at a time into the caramel, rotating to cover all sides. Set the apples on the parchment paper with the craft sticks up.

5 Responses to “National Caramel Apple Day | Easy Caramel Apples”

  1. Leslie — October 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    So…I have a confession. I don’t like caramel apples. Weird, I know. Because I love both things on their own (as you know with the apples). BUT!!!! These caramel apples are absolute beauties! I told you on instagram and I’ll tell you again, these photos are just killer. I’m totally stealing that wax paper trick soon btw 🙂 Nice work!!!!

    • Jennifer — October 26th, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

      Dude, I just placed the caramel apples on wax paper to harden a little bit from rolling in the caramel and then I was too lazy to transfer them to another plate or setting and it totally paid off. HAHA. I used wax paper for some upcoming recipes too. It works!

  2. Tammi — October 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    These look delicious! I love carmel apples — especially the granny smith tart apples. I pinned this for later. I’m in love! #SITSsharefest

    • Jennifer — October 26th, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

      Hope you enjoy making them! Caramel apples are one of the best snacks of all time, in my opinion! 🙂


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