Dark Chocolate-Orange Walnut Caramel Apples

Dark Chocolate Orange Walnut Caramel Apples
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
38 mins
6 caramel apples


  • 3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

  • cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate pieces

  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 6 small tart apples (about 1 1/2 pounds total)

  • 1 11-14 ounce package vanilla caramels, unwrapped

  • 2 tablespoon whipping cream, half-and-half, or light cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; spread walnuts evenly in pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted.

  2. Meanwhile in a small saucepan melt chocolate over low heat. Drizzle chocolate over warm walnuts; sprinkle with orange peel. Cool completely. Break into small pieces.

  3. Wash and dry apples; remove stems, if desired. Insert a wooden skewer or popsicle stick into the stem end of each apple. Place apples on a buttered baking sheet.

  4. In a small saucepan combine caramels and whipping cream. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until caramels are completely melted, stirring constantly. Working quickly, dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat (If caramel become too thick to coat apples, reheat over low heat.) Dip coated apples in desired amount of nuts. Set on the buttered baking sheet and let stand until set. For best results, serve the same day*. Place remaining nut mixture in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

*Make Ahead:

Place each apple in a bag; tie closed. Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

493 Calories
26g Fat
63g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 493
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 132mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Total Sugars 49g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 6.5mg 33%
Calcium 114mg 9%
Iron 1.5mg 8%
Potassium 394mg 8%
Folate, total 34.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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